Google released an updated version of the “Google Maps” app for iPhone and iPad on Tuesday, according to an Oct 15 report in “c/net”. This new update includes lots of new tricks and treats like new route and traffic overview, faster navigation, a tips section for new users and support for additional languages.
It's now a lot easier to compare routes based on traffic conditions and to decide which route is best for you. Just enter your destination and immediately a box appears giving you the distance to your goal, the approximate time it will take to get there and traffic conditions—all in a format as simple and sleek as the design of iOS 7. Then, just tap “view alternate routes” to get all your route options, each in a box containing the same info as the one just described. It's really cool.
The tips section is a quick start guide to using “Google Maps” for users who don't consider themselves geeks. In other words, it's a fast way for most of us to get started using this new version of “Google Maps” by answering questions like “How do I start voice navigation?”.
Back in August, Google incorporated real-time traffic reports technology (which it obtained when it purchased the Israeli startup, “Waze”) into “Google Maps”. So, it's no surprise that besides new route overview displays, faster navigation and tips for new users, “Google Maps” now supports Hebrew and Arabic languages—in text, as well as, in voice navigation. An important addition meant to win over iPhone and iPad users in the Middle East.
According to “The Next Web”, Google is now working to bring “Google Maps” desktop features, like multiple destinations, to future iOS and Android “Google Maps” updates.
“Google Maps” originally was part of iOS, but was replaced last October with “Apple Maps”. (Today “Apple Maps” is used by about 80 percent of iPhone and iPad users.) A few months later Google introduced “Google Maps” into the App Store as a standalone app.