Ever since the upgrade to iOS6 the one thing I, and many more, have missed are the Google Maps. Well, ever since news leaked of Google Maps being ready for the App Store we have been waiting for it’s release. And here it is!
‘Google Maps’ (iPhone/iPad/iPod): Thankfully available on the iPhone again, I’ve missed this .. and it’s back and better than before. It’s still a pity that you can’t make an App the ‘default’ for this type of content, like the Chrome browser App instead of default Safari browser, but it’s still good to have the maps back … and hopefully more accurate and ‘trustworthy’ than the ‘other one’.
“Get comprehensive, accurate and easy-to-use maps with built-in Google local search, voice guided turn-by-turn navigation, public transport directions, Street View and more. Use Google Maps to discover great places to eat, drink, shop and play, with ratings and reviews from people you trust. Sign in to save your favourite places and quickly access all your past searches and directions from your computer, right on your phone.”
Google Maps (free): http://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/google-maps/id585027354
YouTube: Google Maps
Not only is it good, it’s so much better than it was when it before … mind you, it could just be that I didn’t use it fully or properly before? Here are some images I captured from a short look through the App earlier this morning:
Items to note:
- The same kind of road and building details that we came to rely on so heavily on before the iOS6 upgrade.
- You can login using your Google ID and set home/work locations, particularly handy when using directions.
- Holding your finger on a location for a couple of seconds brings up the full address, including postcode.
- Use the small ‘three vertical dots’ icon in the bottom-right of the screen to toggle traffic on/off.
- On the map showing directions … it has also highlighted the route with any hold-ups or delays. Nice.
- Use the ‘head/shoulder’ icon in the top-right to access your Google account, if you logged in once you installed it. From here there are more options available using the ‘flower’ icon (again, top-right) including the tutorials.
- Public transit, although not available when I tried it in Leicester. However, searching in London brought up all the tube lines and tube stations. Very nice, if you’re in London.
- Selecting the address that appears at the bottom of the screen (location or business) brings up further information on it (including phone numbers, web address, photos, reviews, etc.) including Street View (excellent!)
Here are a few links to what the rest of the world is saying about the new Google Maps App:
- Google Maps launches iPhone app after Apple veered off track
- Google Maps native iPhone app launched on Apple’s store
- Google Maps for iOS Returns, Available for Download Now