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Google on Tuesday pushed an update to their iOS maps application that tweaks the user interface when selecting a route for navigation, adds support for additional languages, and provides a new "Tips and Tricks" help section.

Google Maps for iOS update
Google Maps's previous route selection screen on an iPhone 4, left, and the updated screen featuring a new "mini map" on an iPhone 5, right


The update adds a useful "mini map" to the route selection screen that displays an overview of the route and current traffic conditions. The smaller, in-line map allows users to quickly compare the suggested routes before entering the full-screen navigation mode, which remains unchanged.

Google also integrated a "Tips and Tricks" help section into the app's sidebar which links to Google's online knowledge base and provides novice Google Maps users with step-by-step directions for actions like searching for locations, customizing their map view, and using Google's turn-by-turn navigation.

The Mountain View company also says in the update's release notes that the new version brings enhanced support for the Arabic and Hebrew languages --?including voice commands and prompts --?and "bug fixes."

The popular mapping and navigation app's last binary update brought Google+ integration in August of this year, and a few days later the company began including crowdsourced traffic information from newly-acquired Waze in the app.

The update can be downloaded now from the App Store.
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post #3 of 26

meh, I'll leave it uninstalled, I don't need Google poking their nose in my business.

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I wish this were a good product. But the last couple of times I tried to use Google Maps instead of Apple Maps, I found the interface unintelligible. I could not tell what button did what; I was flailing around hitting random buttons to try to get the thing to work.  Google is completely inept at user interfaces. So even though I have had Apple Maps mislead me on multiple occasions, at least I have a chance of getting there with them as opposed to a 0% chance with Google.

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Google has an iOS app?

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post #6 of 26
Not a bad update - the mini-maps feature is nice. Worth clicking the button to update at least, I guess.
post #7 of 26
The old layout is confusing at first. The new one is better. But. Slow news day?
post #8 of 26
The biggest reason I use Google Maps on my iPhone is I can search for stuff on my computer and my phone can access that history.

Planning a trip? I can star all the locations and my phone can see them.
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Google has an iOS app?

Google has apps for iOS, several in fact.
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Some users report that Apple Maps has greatly improved for them since launch.  Unfortunately, not for me.  Continues to be a near-useless disaster for my area in terms of business locations.  Thankful for Google Maps until Apple Maps gets fixed.

post #11 of 26
Will it stop sending me on wild goose chases?
post #12 of 26
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 I was flailing around hitting random buttons to try to get the thing to work. 

This doesn't sound like an app problem :-)

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Google has apps for iOS, several in fact.

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post #14 of 26

I don't know about iOS, but I still find Google maps for Android buggy, unstable, unreliable, and generally frustrating to use a large percentage of the time. Not only does it often not correctly find my location, turn by turn is frustratingly inefficient, giving me ridiculous routes, telling me to do illegal maneuvers, and massacring the pronounciation of almost every street. I'm using a Nexus 4. I know this isn't popular to say, but I find Apple maps a much more pleasant experience. 

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Will it stop sending me on wild goose chases?

Stop putting 'wild goose' as your destination. lol.gif
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Some users report that Apple Maps has greatly improved for them since launch.  Unfortunately, not for me.  Continues to be a near-useless disaster for my area in terms of business locations.  Thankful for Google Maps until Apple Maps gets fixed.

I had been testing Apple Maps and it works flawlessly.

As for business locations in your area and if you don't know where they are it looks like you are really in trouble and not Apple Maps.
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I don't know about iOS, but I still find Google maps for Android buggy, unstable, unreliable, and generally frustrating to use a large percentage of the time. Not only does it often not correctly find my location, turn by turn is frustratingly inefficient, giving me ridiculous routes, telling me to do illegal maneuvers, and massacring the pronounciation of almost every street. I'm using a Nexus 4. I know this isn't popular to say, but I find Apple maps a much more pleasant experience. 

Didn't realize apple released their map app on android? :-)

 

Slightly off topic, but my daughter and I spent about an hour trying to get Siri to learn how to properly pronounce her name, now that was a frustrating experience. We gave up in the end and settled for some off sounding name.

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Didn't realize apple released their map app on android? :-)

 

Slightly off topic, but my daughter and I spent about an hour trying to get Siri to learn how to properly pronounce her name, now that was a frustrating experience. We gave up in the end and settled for some off sounding name.

 

I have an iPhone 4S and a Nexus 4. 

post #20 of 26
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I had been testing Apple Maps and it works flawlessly.

As for business locations in your area and if you don't know where they are it looks like you are really in trouble and not Apple Maps.

I probably should've said "business details" as opposed to "business locations." For instance for finding the phone number for a local business.
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Originally Posted by ktappe View Post

I wish this were a good product. But the last couple of times I tried to use Google Maps instead of Apple Maps, I found the interface unintelligible. I could not tell what button did what; I was flailing around hitting random buttons to try to get the thing to work.  Google is completely inept at user interfaces. So even though I have had Apple Maps mislead me on multiple occasions, at least I have a chance of getting there with them as opposed to a 0% chance with Google.

Considering how they have extremely similar interfaces, I'm going to call BS on this. Google Maps even has bigger buttons so it's actually easier to use than Apple Maps. Apple Maps confusing uses what looks like an information icon (the "i" in the circle) to access map settings and everything just seems further away and not as easy to access. Although it might be nonstandard, it's also nice Google having access to the map settings without having to make your way through the Settings app.

Plus Google traffic still blows the crap out of Apple's traffic information. What a frustrating, un-user friendly decision to only show areas with traffic problems with no distinction between clear traffic vs. no traffic data. That alone is why I will stick with Google Maps. There's also the larger data set that Google posesses for searching for businesses and things like trails (which Apple has no data on in my area).
post #22 of 26
"Siri take me home"

Works every time
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post #23 of 26
Deleted Google Maps because often it gave me completely wrong directions. When it couldn't find places, the BEST result it gave was nearly 500 m away from my intended destination the worst was nearly 10 km! In each instance Apple's Maps.app came to the rescue despite supposedly being useless.

I realised Google Maps wasn't worth the space on my devices and I hate the fact that Google gathers so much data on users, so %u2013 very satisfyingly%u2026 ZAP!

Haven't missed it once :-)
post #24 of 26
The one feature I want most from Google Maps on iOS is the ability to change the volume of the turn-by-turn directions. I can never hear what the lady is saying.
post #25 of 26

Does anyone know if any Map app that crowd-sources construction info?

post #26 of 26
Meh. Still sucks for China. Baidu maps dominates use here because it works, loads fast, in our language, with our mass transit information and our user data.

Both Google and Apple have a long way to go to make their maps useful for Chinese. Not imnpressed.
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