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Google unveiled a significant update to Google Maps on Tuesday, finally bringing support for Apple's iPad, while adding enhanced features like indoor walking directions and "Explore," a new interface for browsing shopping, dining and lodging destinations.

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Google Maps version 2.0 brings the iOS title more in line with the native Android offering, including indoor mapping and the newly released "Explore" pane. Perhaps the most notable addition, however, is support for the iPad and iPad mini, a highly requested feature since the iOS Maps app moved away from Google's mapping data in iOS 6.

Searching on the iPad brings up information cards with an option to create a route to or from that location. Navigation is handled in much the same way as the iPhone iteration, but the extra space of the iPad's screen affords a persistent view of the map. If a certain query results in multiple routes, the a card stack is displayed that can be expanded to show all available options.

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Alongside its new iPad capabilities, Google Maps brings a number of features over from the Android version of the app, like live traffic updates and incident reports and indoor maps with walking directions for shopping malls, airports, and other popular sites. Also included is the new "Explore" feature, which Google defines as "a new way to browse and discover popular local places to eat, drink, shop, play and sleep."

In practice, Explore operates much like other standalone iOS apps, such as Yelp, which use location information to make shopping or dining recommendations. The feature uses a five-star rating system that taps into Zagat's review database, and users can enter their own rating and review in-app. Google Offers is also supported.

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Google Maps is a free 11.6MB download from the App Store.
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Good! And I would! (three claps) If I thought that I was understood!
And it'll be great! Just wait! (three claps) Or is it too little, too late?

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just integrated GooGle Maps last week in iPad app. Works perfectly. What's the catch? 1confused.gif

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Just installed this "new" release on my ipad. All I get is the usual iphone app in 2X mode. I thought this was a new version ???

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I don't need it.  I could not care less.

 

Keep Google spying apps off of your iOS devices.


Edited by AppleSauce007 - 7/17/13 at 8:06am
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Integrated car, transit, bike and walking directions make it a killer app for me. 

 

I want Apple Maps to be a worthy competitor to keep Google on its toes, but its car-centric focus is a hopelessly outdated approach. It would have been acceptable in 1995, but not 2013.

 

I'm not finding and downloading a new helper app every time I travel to a new place. I'm not keeping track of which helper apps can deal with the city I'm in. I'm not learning an entirely new map UI when I go to a new city. I'm not switching back and forth between Apple Maps and helper apps every time I want to a new set of directions. 

 

Yes, it takes some extra work to update the latest timetables from every transit agency in a country, but it's nothing compared to constantly updating the existence or non-existence of roads and highways in every nation on Earth. 

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Just installed this "new" release on my ipad. All I get is the usual iphone app in 2X mode. I thought this was a new version ???

Some sites are stating that the update is being rolled out gradually.  I downloaded the app just now.  Even though the iTunes description said "updated for iPad", I got the old version for the iPhone.  It doesn't have any of the new features.  Does your version include any of the new features?

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Just installed this "new" release on my ipad. All I get is the usual iphone app in 2X mode. I thought this was a new version ???


Try uninstalling? I know others had a similar issue, I didn't.

Google Maps is beautiful on the iPad, wow. Loads quickly, runs smoothly, the "explore" option is a nice touch.
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Google maps wipes out Scottish island of Jura. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-glasgow-west-23331456
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Google maps wipes out Scottish island of Jura. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-glasgow-west-23331456

I think there was some other tiny island near Greece that's missing in maps too (altho like in this case the road(s) can be seen) but appears when the satellite layer is active.
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I don't need it.  I could not care less.

 

Keep Google spying apps off of you iOS devices.

iOS will not let it access your contacts/calendar/location without permission... If you must use Google Apps, iOS is the safest way.

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Integrated car, transit, bike and walking directions make it a killer app for me. 

 

I want Apple Maps to be a worthy competitor to keep Google on its toes, but its car-centric focus is a hopelessly outdated approach. It would have been acceptable in 1995, but not 2013.

 

I'm not finding and downloading a new helper app every time I travel to a new place. I'm not keeping track of which helper apps can deal with the city I'm in. I'm not learning an entirely new map UI when I go to a new city. I'm not switching back and forth between Apple Maps and helper apps every time I want to a new set of directions. 

 

Yes, it takes some extra work to update the latest timetables from every transit agency in a country, but it's nothing compared to constantly updating the existence or non-existence of roads and highways in every nation on Earth. 

 

So, don't use Apple Maps. Do you think anyone cares?

 

You can't expect Apple to have all this data and information after only a year, when it's taken Google over a decade to build its database. Apple's maps will get there, but it takes actual usage for it grow.

 

You stick with Google and give up your personal life... I'll stick with Apple and help them work to build a better alternative.

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Google maps wipes out Scottish island of Jura. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-glasgow-west-23331456

Apple Maps might send you to your death, but Google Maps say you never even existed to begin with. lol.gif

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post #14 of 44

Not one new feature in this "new" app.. maybe the UK will catch up with the rest of the world in the fullness of time 1cool.gif

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Integrated car, transit, bike and walking directions make it a killer app for me. 

 

 

My ownership of a car renders the rest of your list obsolete.

 

PS I don't require walking directions to my car, it's down the stairs and in my garage.

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New Google Maps iPad 4 Retina Display




Old iOS 6 Apple Maps iPad 2 Non-Retina Display




I wonder why Google Maps shows the sign as black?
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Do yourselves a favor and delete the app, then re-download it so you'll get the option to turn off their so-called "anonymous" location tracking.

 

Oh, three of the five screenshots from the App Store are marketing fluff, not actual app screen shots.  And "expert Zagat contents"??? (Owned by Google).  But this was my favorite bit:  "Great deals from your favorite brands with Google Offers". 

 

The asshats at Google really are full of themselves, aren't they?
 

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Spot checking some local bicycling directions, all I'm getting is "No network connection" and "Cannot reach server" errors.  Good thing this is out of beta...  /sarcasm

 

Edit:  It can't even find the trailhead of a (very) popular local bike trail (though it does find the trail).  An inauspicious start, to say the least. 

 

Also, the time estimates on the bike directions seem screwy.  I wonder what they are using to calculate average speed and if that's configurable...

 

Also, w/r/t the trailhead issue above, I don't seem to be able to pick a starting location directly from a map, except by using my current location?  Not very helpful to plan a trip.  Someone set me straight if I'm missing something obvious, but this looks like it needs more work. 


Edited by John.B - 7/17/13 at 8:03am

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post #19 of 44
The new Google Maps is an improvement over the prior version -- especially on an iPad.

As noted elsewhere, Google has generally superior search and POI data.

However there are some things I do not like:
  • Google Maps [almost] demands that you turn on Location Services for it -- I do not trust Google with this
  • Often, Google Maps drops the existing search/display to demand Location Services -- requiring the user to re-enter the search
  • You must go through the slow (zoom out, pan, zoom in) and agonizing switch to Google Earth to get 3D imagery
  • Google Earth gobbles RAM
  • Google Earth has inferior 3D UI and presentation to Apple Maps


There must be a good reason that Google does not combine Google Maps and Google Earth... but I am missing it!
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Bike directions also don't specify regular roads, bike routes, bike lanes, or bike paths.  Has anyone figured out if there is a legend for these maps?

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I wonder why Google Maps shows the sign as black?

That is the shadow.

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That is the shadow.

Ha! It is! It's a vertical shot! That's great.

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New Google Maps iPad 4 Retina Display




Old iOS 6 Apple Maps iPad 2 Non-Retina Display




I wonder why Google Maps shows the sign as black?

The first picture is a birds eye view (top dowb) and the black Hollywood looks to be the shadow of the sign.

The second photo is what the sign looks like in person looking at it dead on.
post #24 of 44
Works great but yelp is as good or better
Can't find the gas station near my work
BUT apple maps did

I use apple first then yelp then google

What I would REALLY like
Is that it senses your travel direction and shows you
Next exit facilities w a button push or option button

What I do now is put in what I want and use yelp

It is helpful w google maps to show you

Apple maps I have to open a new search then go back to my directions

Ill try it along a hwy to ck this capability
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I wonder why Google Maps shows the sign as black?
That is the shadow.

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That is the shadow.

Ha! It is! It's a vertical shot! That's great.

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New Google Maps iPad 4 Retina Display


Old iOS 6 Apple Maps iPad 2 Non-Retina Display


I wonder why Google Maps shows the sign as black?

The first picture is a birds eye view (top dowb) and the black Hollywood looks to be the shadow of the sign.

The second photo is what the sign looks like in person looking at it dead on.

OK, then ...


New iOS Google Maps Hollwood Sign from behind -- iPad 4 Retina Display






New iOS Google Earth Hollwood Sign from behind -- iPad 4 Retina Display







Apple Maps iOS 6 Hollwood Sign from behind -- iPad 2 Non-Retina Display







Apple Maps iOS 6 Hollwood Sign from behind Zoom Out Hybrid-- iPad 2 Non-Retina Display



Edited by Dick Applebaum - 7/17/13 at 9:11am
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OK, then ...


New iOS Google Maps Hollwood Sign from behind -- iPad 4 Retina Display






New iOS Google Earth Hollwood Sign from behind -- iPad 4 Retina Display







Apple Maps iOS 6 Hollwood Sign from behind -- iPad 2 Non-Retina Display



There's roads and buildings showing at the top of the Google image. Don't see them in the Apple Maps one. 1confused.gif

The Apple image looks nicer if it's accurate.
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Has anyone found any "inside maps" on the new Google Maps -- I'd like to try that!
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Has anyone found any "inside maps" on the new Google Maps -- I'd like to try that!

Google talks about them here:
https://support.google.com/gmm/answer/1685827?hl=en
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I don't need it.  I could not care less.

 

Keep Google spying apps off of your iOS devices.

 

I agree, but you gotta admit they do the navigation part of maps far better than Apple in almost every way.  

 

Since maps are really all about navigation, I'm personally finding it harder and harder to keep to my promise to myself to eschew everything Googley.  It's a choice between using a really good product by an evil, nasty corporation that doesn't have your best interests at heart or using a far lesser product from the nice guys.  

 

It is a hard choice, even for those that hate Google.  

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My ownership of a car renders the rest of your list obsolete.

 

PS I don't require walking directions to my car, it's down the stairs and in my garage.

 

You realise your post is pretty much the opposite of your handle right?  

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Glad to see Google is working hard on iOS apps.

They apparently still know where the money is.

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Originally Posted by Gazoobee View Post

 

I agree, but you gotta admit they do the navigation part of maps far better than Apple in almost every way.  

 

...

 

It is a hard choice, even for those that hate Google.  

 

Not a hard choice for me.  Maps works flawlessly.  The Apple Maps app, that is.

 

And yeah, "Indoor Navigation" is a Google euphemism for "spying on you as you walk around the mall."

As if tracking your every online move isn't enough already.

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Can anybody tell me how to enable the indoor navigation? I played around with the app for a while, but I could not figure out how to view indoor navigation, when a mall is selected for example.
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And yeah, "Indoor Navigation" is a Google euphemism for "spying on you as you walk around the mall."
As if tracking your every online move isn't enough already.

Of course it is. . . until Apple begins offering indoor maps as early as next year. Then it's helpful.
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New Google Maps iPad 4 Retina Display




Old iOS 6 Apple Maps iPad 2 Non-Retina Display




I wonder why Google Maps shows the sign as black?

Take a close look at angle of the building shadows: the black sign is the shadow cast by the Hollywood sign on the hillside. The satellite or plane that took the source photo is viewing the sign edge-on, so you don't see the sign, just the shadow.

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Ahh... That 'splains it!

Because Google Maps has such a limited 3D capability, it is difficult to determine what is happening... And it is not worth the effort/frustration to go through Google Earth.
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Am I missing something or can Google Maps not keep your iDevice awake even when you're using navigation mode, and that goes for Android devices too, both my (previously owned) Nexus 7 and HTC One kept going into sleep mode. If you want to navigate, you have to go into settings and turn off the auto sleep mode, which is incredibly inconvenient.

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So, don't use Apple Maps. Do you think anyone cares?

 

You can't expect Apple to have all this data and information after only a year, when it's taken Google over a decade to build its database. Apple's maps will get there, but it takes actual usage for it grow.

 

You stick with Google and give up your personal life... I'll stick with Apple and help them work to build a better alternative.

 

 

You apparently care. 

 

Apple's refusal to let its users set other map apps as the default helper program is a problem. It's attempting to lock users in to a single solution, which isn't really proving to be a solution. 

 

Apple isn't even trying to integrate other modes of transportation. They've given up from the get-go. That's a problem. 

 

You seem to have an unhealthy loyalty to Apple and appear to believe that the company is your friend. It's not.

 

Companies aren't your friends. They're not looking to work with you and be your BFFs. 

 

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My ownership of a car renders the rest of your list obsolete.

 

PS I don't require walking directions to my car, it's down the stairs and in my garage.

 

My car in the garage downstairs, too. But I don't use it for every single trip I take to every single place I go. 

 

See how that works? 

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My car in the garage downstairs, too. But I don't use it for every single trip I take to every single place I go. 

 

See how that works? 

 

When I take walks around my neighbourhood I have no requirement for a mapping solution, as I know where my house is.

 

btw I just got an S4, the free Navigon software Samsung exploited in a dig at Apple maps, does not know where my house is, apparently I live in a black hole surrounded by dead end streets, which was not fixed when I updated the software.

 

 

 

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When I take walks around my neighbourhood I have no requirement for a mapping solution, as I know where my house is.

btw I just got an S4, the free Navigon software Samsung exploited in a dig at Apple maps, does not know where my house is, apparently I live in a black hole surrounded by dead end streets, which was not fixed when I updated the software.





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