googlemapsGoogle today updated its Google Maps app to version 3.2.0, adding several new functions to improve the utility of the app. Search results now appear with descriptions on the map to make choosing an option easier, and search results can be viewed on the map or on a list.

The locations of reservations and appointments drawn in from Gmail are also displayed directly on the map. While Google mentions Explore in the release notes to draw users to try the feature, the local point of interest feature is not new.

What's new

- Search results appear with descriptions right on the map, to help you make choices quickly

- View search results on the map or in a list and easily switch between them
- See your reservations and appointments from Gmail labeled on the map
-Try the new Explore, a local guide that shows you different places and activities depending on the location and time of day

Google Maps can be downloaded from the App Store for free. [Direct Link]

Top Rated Comments

avanpelt Avatar
128 months ago
Apple Maps vs. Google Maps is kind of like the Android vs. iPhone choice for me. Let me explain...

I had an Android phone for about 15 months a few years ago -- a Droid X. I liked the customizability of Android; but when it came down to actually doing things that were useful on the phone, it seemed like the phone was constantly getting in the way -- it would reboot in the middle of phone calls, freeze and require a battery pull once every few weeks or so, etc. So while the customization of Android was nice, in the end, I came back to the iPhone because the Android phone wasn't consistently performing well at basic tasks.

I dislike Apple Maps for much the same reason. Having the map and directions on the lockscreen is fantastic and Flyover is neat, I guess; but when it comes down to actually using the app for basic things (looking up a business), the app gets in the way because the POI database sucks. So, I continue to use Google Maps for much the same reason I left Android and came back to the iPhone -- when it comes down to what I need the app to do reliably (get me from A to B), Google Maps has an excellent track record with me and Apple Maps does not.
Score: 9 Votes (Like | Disagree)
CarpalMac Avatar
128 months ago
Let me get this straight: after searching for something, you get to actually see what you searched for, and its on a Map?!?

Goooooooo Google! Keep innovating! xD
I just opened Google maps on my iPhone and typed coffee. It returned 5 results which I know are all valid.

Doing the same with apple maps I got: 0

Innovation is not owned by Apple.. :rolleyes:
Score: 7 Votes (Like | Disagree)
C DM Avatar
128 months ago
Let me get this straight: after searching for something, you get to actually see what you searched for, and its on a Map?!?

Goooooooo Google! Keep innovating! xD
With descriptions. It's an improvement/enhancement, no one brought up "innovation".
Score: 5 Votes (Like | Disagree)
MartinAppleGuy Avatar
128 months ago
I just wished Google maps had Apple UI. I hate the UI of Google maps when compared to Apple maps. When I need to get directions, I have to decide between a nice UI or getting to the destination. Tricky ;)
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)
bozzykid Avatar
128 months ago
Do you like google for their spying?

Apple is using the same user data from Apple Maps that Google does. Google isn't the only one using your location data.
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)
SockRolid Avatar
128 months ago
... I like google for their data.

Do you like google for their spying?
And their spamtacular pay-for-placement search results?
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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