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  • Google Releases Google Maps 3.0 for iOS With Major Improvements to Navigation and More


    On Tuesday, Google released an update to the very popular Google Maps application for the iOS platform. The most recent update makes version 3.0 the current release.

    The update focuses heavily on new features. One of the most important being that the application's built-in turn-by-turn navigation now gives the user lane guidance, and even gives the user quicker access to seeing the entire overview of the route. While using turn-by-turn navigation, Google Maps will now show you the travel time, the estimated time for arrival, and the distance all in the same place.

    Other new improvements include the ability to save offline maps to a custom list, improvements to transit results, the ability to filter restaurants, bars, and hotels by rating, price, opening hours, and other criteria, and the ability to see recent searches.

    Google also notes that the update includes a number of features that users have been requesting including the following:

    Access your iPhone or iPad contacts directly from the Google Maps app
    Tap and hold anywhere on the map to drop a pin, save and share that location
    Search without typing using Google Voice Search
    Scale bar to estimate distances on the map


    This is definitely no lousy update, so if you're an existing user of the Google Maps application, you'll want to head over to your Updates tab in the App Store and start downloading the update right now. Alternatively, you can download Google Maps 3.0 for free from this App Store link.

    Sources: App Store
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Google Releases Google Maps 3.0 for iOS With Major Improvements to Navigation and More started by Anthony Bouchard View original post
    Comments 8 Comments
    1. csglinux's Avatar
      csglinux -
      Anybody know of a way to open google map links in the Google map app, rather than in Google's mobile html page in Safari? Safari will prompt you to open the iOS Google Maps app, but loses the link if you say "Open". This all used to work fine in iOS 5, i.e., before Apple maps came along :-(
    1. pkmaximum's Avatar
      pkmaximum -
      I really hope Apple gets on board this iOS update and really improved the inbuilt maps app.
    1. mlee19841's Avatar
      mlee19841 -
      Quote Originally Posted by pkmaximum View Post
      I really hope Apple gets on board this iOS update and really improved the inbuilt maps app.
      Same here. I'm a fan of the apple maps. I like the lock screen feat the best.
    1. gx04's Avatar
      gx04 -
      Here you go:

      https://developers.google.com/maps/d...or-iOS-sdk-1-7

      Enjoy!
    1. The6uest's Avatar
      The6uest -
      Quote Originally Posted by csglinux View Post
      Anybody know of a way to open google map links in the Google map app, rather than in Google's mobile html page in Safari? Safari will prompt you to open the iOS Google Maps app, but loses the link if you say "Open". This all used to work fine in iOS 5, i.e., before Apple maps came along :-(
      Is your phone Jailbroken? If so you could try the MapsOpener tweak in Cydia. It's supposed to open addresses in Google Maps instead of Apple's Maps.
    1. buggsy2's Avatar
      buggsy2 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Anthony Bouchard View Post

      Google also notes that the update includes a number of features that users have been requesting
      Just how do users request anything from Google? Their support and contact info is zero.
    1. SpidermanAPV's Avatar
      SpidermanAPV -
      Quote Originally Posted by buggsy2 View Post
      Just how do users request anything from Google? Their support and contact info is zero.
      I'm guessing reviews? Maybe?
    1. Anthony Bouchard's Avatar
      Anthony Bouchard -
      Quote Originally Posted by SpidermanAPV View Post
      I'm guessing reviews? Maybe?
      Yeah, pretty much!