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Updated Google Maps for iPad rolls out

News   •   Jul 22, 2013 04:15 BST

An updated version of Google Maps has just rolled out for the iPad and iPhone.

On Google’s blog, the search giant announced, “Last week we launched the new Google Maps app for Android smartphones and tablets.

“And now, we’re rolling out the brand new Google Maps experience for iPhone and iPad that includes enhanced search and navigation features, as well as our first dedicated iPad mapping experience. With your new Google Maps app for iPhone and iPad, you’ll find it even easier to explore new places, discover local favorites, and navigate your world.”

Improvements include:

“Optimized iPad experience: A dedicated tablet design brings all the features of Google Maps, including Street View, to a larger screen, which makes exploring the world from the comfort of your living room engaging and fun. Go from the Colosseum to your local pizza joint in just a few taps.

“Enhanced Navigation: When you’re stuck in traffic and wondering what the holdup is, use Google Maps on your iPhone to get live incident reports on road closures, construction, accidents, and more. And as always, you’ve got voice guided, turn-by-turn navigation, and live traffic conditions right on the map. If you prefer public transportation, Google Maps has schedule information for more than one million public transit stops around the world.

“Biking directions and navigation: For you bike enthusiasts out there, get turn-by-turn directions and voice guided navigation for more than 330,000 miles of trails, paths, and bike lanes around the world. So put on your spandex and start pedaling!

“Explore: Not sure what you’re looking for? Explore is a fast and easy way to visually browse and discover new places without typing a single letter. Simply tap the search box and you’ll see cards showing great local places to eat, drink, shop, play, and sleep.

“Reviews, Zagat and Offers: There’s a new 5.0 star rating system that gives you a quick read on how your friends and others rate places like restaurants, bars, and cafes. For an expert’s opinion, the Zagat badge of excellence and curated lists are integrated into search results so you can quickly spot the very best places. And finally, the new Google Maps app is a great way to discover valuable Offers from national brands, like Michael's and BJ’s Restaurant and Brewhouse, right on the map.”

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