Google Releases Updated Google Maps for iPhone App With Faster Local Search

google mapsOn Tuesday Google released an update for its Google Maps for iPhone app that features faster local search and integration with Google Contacts.

Salahuddin Choudhary, product manager for Google Maps stated,”This update is part of our goal to make Google Maps comprehensive, accurate and useful – wherever you may be in the world. To that end, we’re rolling out the English version of the app in seven new countries: Bahrain, Egypt, Lebanon, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and UAE. You can also choose between kilometers and miles in the settings menu, depending on your preferences.”

For faster local search, users can tap one of the new icons for restaurants, coffee shops, bars and other types of places to quickly see nearby haunts. For instance, a tap on the coffee cup icon in the search box will show the nearest cafes.

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In the new update, Google has integrated Google Contacts into the Google Maps for iPhone app. This means, when a user is signed-in and searches for a friend’s name, their address will appear as a suggestion (if the address is saved). The user can then simply tap the friends name to see the address, visible only to him/her, on the map.


Google Maps For iPhone Touches 10 Million Downloads In 2 Days

google mapsWithin 2 days of its launch at the app store, the newly released Google Maps for iPhone has been downloaded more than 10 million times. Soon after its release last week, the Google’s Maps app quickly jumped to the top free app on the App Store.

Confirming this news on a post on Google +, Jeff Huber, Google’s senior vice president of Commerce & Local said,”We’re excited for the positive reception of Google Maps for iPhone around the world. Congratulations to the Maps Team on the recognition for the passion and hard work they poured into it, for this release and over the last 7+ years.”

Google Maps for iPhone includes features like spoken turn-by-turn driving directions, vector-based map tiles, Google’s Street View that lets users take a virtual walk down streets and, public transit directions.


Google Maps Now Available In Apple App Store

google mapsGoogle has announced the roll-out of Google Maps across the world in the Apple App Store.

Daniel Graf, Director, Google Maps for Mobile, stated: “The Google Maps app shows more map on screen and turns mobile mapping into one intuitive experience. It’s a sharper looking, vector-based map that loads quickly and provides smooth tilting and rotating of 2D and 3D views. The search box at the top is a good place to start—perhaps by entering the name of a new and interesting restaurant. An expandable info sheet at the bottom shows the address, opening hours, ratings and reviews, images, directions and other information.”

The app includes detailed information for more than 80 million businesses and points of interest. Through Street View, users can preview where they want to go and see inside places with Business Photos to decide on a table or see if it’s better at the  The Google Maps App also provides voice-guided, turn-by-turn navigation, live traffic conditions to avoid the jams and information for more than one million public transit stops.

The Google blog  stated:”The world around us is constantly changing and, thanks to feedback from you, we make tens of thousands of daily updates to keep Google Maps accurate and comprehensive. Here’s a helpful hint for the new app: if you see something off, simply shake your phone to send us feedback.”

Google has also released Google Maps SDK for iOS, and a simple URL scheme to help developers use Google Maps when building their apps. The new Google Maps app is available for the iPhone and iPod Touch (4th gen) iOS 5.1 and higher, in more than 40 countries and 29 languages, including Chinese, Dutch, English, French, German, Italian, Japanese and Spanish.

The Google Maps App can be downloaded from the Apple App store.