Google Maps 2.0 hits iOS devices, comes with new and enhanced features

We all remember the complete shambles Apple made of their own map software in iOS 6. Without re-treading old ground, let’s just say Apple Maps was awful. They pulled the plug on Google providing integrated mapping for their devices and paid the price, which left Google to release a dedicated app that would directly compete with Apples own proprietary map software. Again that wasn’t without its problems.

That being said, we’re now being treated to Google Maps 2.0 for iOS and it’s finally starting to act like its Android brother in the features department. So, what’s new?

iPad support: With a universal application design, the app will work across any and all modern iOS devices. This means that the iPad is supported natively, so no scaling up of the iPhone app here!

Enhanced navigation: The long and the short of this one is that you’ll get presented with more navigation data as you travel your programmed route. You’ll also get live traffic and incident reports along the way as well.

Explore tab: Making its way from Android, the card style view will give you the ability to quickly discover information about popular locations in the areas you are travelling.

Indoor maps: While this sound intrusive, imagine being on holiday or business and not being able to find a specific shop in a mall? How about the nearest toilet?

Offline maps: Again, like its Android siblings already do, iOS users now get to experience offline maps. Simply choose a map are you wish to have offline by fitting it on screen, hit the cache button and away you go.

Add in the usual bug fixes and performance improvements that come with any major application update and Google is onto a winner with this version of its maps software. The sheer fact that they are catching up with the Android app, in terms of features and functionality is testament to their dedication to the app and the iOS platform. You can download the app from the App Store now.

All we need now is an official Windows Phone 8 app from Google and mobile users everywhere can rejoice!

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Dutchie64 said,
I assume as long as you have a connection to the web.. Signal lost, you're lost? ;-)

On Android, you can save maps to your device for a particular area. Never tried that feature for iOS.

But if it exists, you only need a satellite signal (it's free after all). I have used my Nexus 7 WiFi many time as a navigation device without a data connection.

On iOS Google Maps the app will cache your route so even if you lose connection the map will still work.

On the iOS version you can cache an entire map area. Just zoom into the section you want cache, and put Ok maps in search field and hit search. It'll do the rest. (it's more of an easter egg, I didn't see the 'cache' button mentioned in the article)

DarkNet said,

On Android, you can save maps to your device for a particular area. Never tried that feature for iOS.

But if it exists, you only need a satellite signal (it's free after all). I have used my Nexus 7 WiFi many time as a navigation device without a data connection.

You can activate offline maps on the iOS version too, yes ... it doesn't allow searching for addresses or turn-by-turn voice navigation if there is no data though ... you can only see your position on the cached map.

sabrex said,

You can activate offline maps on the iOS version too, yes ... it doesn't allow searching for addresses or turn-by-turn voice navigation if there is no data though ... you can only see your position on the cached map.


On Android you still had turn by turn navigation. I will test it out with the new version to see if that is a feature no longer supported. Thanks for the feedback. I was too lazy to test ton my iPhone or iPad. Not my primary devices.

excuse my ignorance as im an android user, but witll this also give you turn by turn navigation as with the android version? my gf needs a free sat nav for her IP4 as shes making a trip at the weekend.
thanks

XerXis said,
I immediatly corrected myself didn't I . And I have been on windows Phone thank you very much

I know you did but you answered in the first place incorrectly. But that's neither here nor there.

Enjoy your Windows Phone. If you are able to compare Apple Maps vs Google Maps vs Nokia/Bing Maps, I would be happy to read your opinion/analysis.

When I had Windows Phone, I didn't like you had to download 2GB of data before using Nokia Maps. That was one of my pet peeves with that application. It's like downloading an Encyclopedia before you can look up information.

I was only able to start using here drive recently (I have a HTC 8x Phone) so I can't really comment on it yet. It supports both online and offline maps though, so no need to download anything. The maps for my country (Belgium) are about 140 mb in size.

Brian Miller said,
It's not that great.

Its google plays dirty now. Apple and MS should teach google a lesson boycotting its services in favor of bing

S3P€hR said,

Its google plays dirty now. Apple and MS should teach google a lesson boycotting its services in favor of bing

They are already doing that. We have see iOS 7 previews by now to know that Bing will be on the browser default search. But a lot of people with iPhones that I know already use Chrome, Gmail, Maps and Search so whatever.

They pulled the plug on Google providing integrated mapping for their devices and paid the price, which left Google to release a dedicated app that would directly compete with Apples own proprietary map software. Again that wasn't without its problems.

It was completely without problems. There was never any question Apple would approve it. Google said (for marketing purposes) Apple might reject it, but that wasn't in the realm of possibility and Google said it before they even developed a Maps app for iOS.