New Google Maps App For iOS Includes Dedicated iPad Experience

google-maps-logo-smJust a few hours after opening up the new Google Maps desktop version to anyone interested, Google has followed up by announcing new Google Maps apps for iOS.

The big news is that, for the first time, there’s a dedicated iPad experience of Google Maps. Sure, you could use the previous Google Maps app on your iPad (or iPad Mini), but you were just getting an enlarged version of the iPhone app that launched last December. The new iOS app offers separate designs for the two devices.

Here are a couple screenshots from the iPad app.

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The new iOS Google Maps app also includes a new “Explore” feature that auto-suggests local places without having to actually search. (Foursquare has a similar feature with the same name.) Other features of the new app:

  • Enhanced navigation, including live traffic updates, road closures and other incident reports.
  • Indoor maps for malls, airports and transit stations.
  • 5-star ratings (replacing the 30-point Zagat scoring system)
  • deals from Google Offers
  • Biking directions and navigation

The new iOS app and features mirror what Google announced for Android a week ago.

Related Topics: Channel: Local | Google: Maps & Local | Google: Mobile | Top News

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  • Andrew Shotland

    Matt,
    The app is great. It feels like it is moving away from being a pure mapping experience to more of a local search site. The list results UI should make any local recommendations site a bit nervous.

  • lisa741

    just as Marilyn said I am inspired that you able to get paid $4060 in 1 month on the internet. did you read this page w­w­w.K­E­P­2.c­o­m

  • Andrew Shotland

    So inspiring…

  • http://www.forward.ph/seo-philippines.php Stephanie Zubiri Cho

    I checked our local maps here in the Philippines, it looks great so far. A much more responsive ticker for quick navigation.

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