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Google Maps for iOS Receives First Update Since Launch with Google Contacts Integration, Local Business Search

Google today updated its Google Maps for iOS to version 1.1, marking the first update since the company launched its standalone app in mid-December after Apple replaced Google with its own default mapping app in iOS 6.

The new update brings a few enhancements to Google Maps, including integration with Google Contacts addresses and easier searching of local businesses by category.
What's New in Version 1.1

- Search your Google Contacts; sign in to have your saved addresses show up when you search for friends and family by name.
- Quickly search for local places by selecting popular categories such as restaurants, bars, cafes, gas stations, etc.
- Choose between Kilometers or Miles for your preferred distance units.
- Note that some features may not be available in all countries.
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Google Maps is a free download from the App Store. [Direct Link]

(Thanks, Arthur!)

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22 months ago
Search your Google Contacts... not the contacts stored on my phone? Ugh. I guess I should transfer them all over to Google Contacts then...
Rating: 15 Votes
22 months ago
I have Google Maps but it has definitely been put into 2nd place for me. I use it when Apple Maps can't find something (which is still a problem, yes). But when Apple's Maps find what I want I vastly prefer the actual software itself to Google's.


Since I don't think I've ever seen Apple update a built in app through a App store update, this is an advantage for Google. It seems that Apple has to update the entire OS in order to do a maps upgrade. People are more willing to just update a app than they are their entire OS. Even though Apple does have very high adoption rates of its new OS releases.


While I do agree with you in general, it should be pointed out that Apple's recently been putting out OS updates like they're going out of style. So perhaps this isn't as big of a problem as we both thought.
Rating: 9 Votes
22 months ago
Still no search in local contacts.

Still no remembering of my recent searches. This one completely baffles me. I stopped using Google Maps because of this. Why do I have to re-enter an address I just entered 5 minutes ago? Ridiculous.
Rating: 7 Votes
22 months ago
iPad version plz
Rating: 7 Votes
22 months ago
The entire Apple community should come together to thank Google for this.

A different sort of company would do everything they could to kill the iPhone. But instead, Google helps out the entire Apple community by releasing great new software for Apple's platform.

Hey - do you see Nokia writing great software that makes iOS and iPhones more valuable? How about RIM?

But Google has always been there for Apple. They were the ones that made the iPhone a great mapping tool in the first place. And now they continue on.

Thanks, Google!
Rating: 7 Votes
22 months ago

The entire Apple community should come together to thank Google for this.

A different sort of company would do everything they could to kill the iPhone. But instead, Google helps out the entire Apple community by releasing great new software for Apple's platform.

Hey - do you see Nokia writing great software that makes iOS and iPhones more valuable? How about RIM?

But Google has always been there for Apple. They were the ones that made the iPhone a great mapping tool in the first place. And now they continue on.

Thanks, Google!


Thank google ?

Do you have any ideia how many millions or billions... Google makes of metrics from people that use their software on iPhones/iPads ?

Google is not doing anyone a favor... it's business...
You should stop thinking either company makes favors to others...
Rating: 5 Votes
22 months ago

The entire Apple community should come together to thank Google for this.

A different sort of company would do everything they could to kill the iPhone. But instead, Google helps out the entire Apple community by releasing great new software for Apple's platform.

Hey - do you see Nokia writing great software that makes iOS and iPhones more valuable? How about RIM?

But Google has always been there for Apple. They were the ones that made the iPhone a great mapping tool in the first place. And now they continue on.

Thanks, Google!


Google does it because they get something out of it, not because they're such nice guys.

Nokia released their map app for iOS (whether it's great or not, they did it). RIM is just trying to stay alive :)
Rating: 4 Votes
22 months ago

Apple's Maps application simply suck. Why don't Apple give us an option to choose the default map application, i.e. Google Maps? Either voluntarily, or by court order.:confused:


You have a choice. Go Android if you need Google Maps as your default.
Rating: 4 Votes
22 months ago

Google is not doing anyone a favor... it's business...


Shh, don't talk about Dear Leader that way! The Droids will not abide it!

Funny how people mock Apple fanboys, who somehow manage to recognize that Apple is a ultimately a business that wants their money.

Google fanboys literally believe that Google exists to better humankind. Brin and Sergey aren't so much businessmen, but saints. Saints sent directly from heaven to give everyone free stuff. I've never seen a for-profit corporation get such a pass from the public or the press or their customer base. They simply can do no wrong. I mean hey, Google did all us iPhone users a favor by giving themselves a way to collect our data for their advertising business, right? :rolleyes:

Why can't we all just admit that Apple wants our money, Google wants our money, and either will do anything it takes to get it? It's called capitalism, and there's nothing wrong with it. Not until you fail to see it for what it is.
Rating: 4 Votes
22 months ago

Continued lack of vector data makes Apple Maps superior to Google maps, IMO. It's about the only thing Apple Maps has on Google Maps, but it makes a huge difference.

Looking forward to seeing what kind of enhancements Apple Maps will get in iOS 7.



Google maps has vector data....


http://appleinsider.com/articles/12/12/13/new-google-maps-for-ios-brings-vectors-transit-and-navigation-features


From the article

The new Google Maps uses vector imaging just like Apple's Maps, resulting in a similar information scaling that incrementally displays new data as you zoom in. Like Apple's Maps, Google now presents live 3D building models that appear only when you zoom into the block level.


While Google had earlier incorporated a vector-based maps presentation in its Android app, it could not force Apple to use this data in the Maps client bundled with iOS. This allowed Apple to launch its own Maps app this summer with the first vector based maps seen on the platform.

Rating: 4 Votes

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