Google Maps on iPhone Getting New Commuting Features and Apple Music Integration This Week

Google Maps will soon feature an all-new Commute tab that provides one-tap access to live traffic and transit information.


The new tab will tell you if your commute is going to be a normal one, or if you'll need to budget extra time due to things like an accident or heavy traffic. Google is introducing support for mixed-mode commutes that involve both driving and public transit, with helpful information along each leg of the trip.

In addition, transit riders in 80 regions worldwide will be able to see exactly where their bus or train is in real time on the map. Starting in Sydney, Australia, Google Maps will also indicate how full the next bus or train is. Google says the latter feature will be coming to more cities around the globe soon.

Last, Google says it is making Spotify, Apple Music, and Google Play Music playback controls accessible within Google Maps.

The new features will start rolling out globally on iOS and Android this week.



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7 months ago

And I still remember all too well how Google refused to add turn by turn navigation in their ios app, until Apple released Maps. I'll never forgive them for that and will always tilt towards other options when possible.


Google didn't have their own iOS app until after Apple released Maps because Apple DID NOT ALLOW IT, plain and simple.

The Maps app in iOS has always been Apple's. Back when it used Google Maps, it was really Apple's app using Google's data. Google did not write nor maintain that app, and it shipped as part of iOS. The refusal to have turn by turn directions in that app was Apple's, not Google's.

Only once Apple Maps came about did they finally allow Google to write their own Maps app; as far as I'm concerned that was the best thing that ever happened for Google Maps on iOS because they were extremely stifled before by Apple's refusal to let them write the app.

I don't mean to be combative, I just get tired of people getting the history behind this wrong. Apple was the bad guy here, not Google.
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7 months ago
And in about 20 years we can expect this in Apple Maps
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7 months ago

Google owns Waze. Waze has been doing this forever. What’s the difference between the two and why switch? Not trashing google just honestly asking why make two identical apps


Maybe there are people like me who don't appreciate the cartoonishly styled and ad plagued Waze app.
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7 months ago

Google owns Waze. Waze has been doing this forever. What’s the difference between the two and why switch? Not trashing google just honestly asking why make two identical apps

They didn't make 2 identical apps. They made one app and acquired another. There are enough people who prefer one over the other to justify the existence of both. I think Google Maps will eventually integrate most of Waze's top features and ultimately kill Waze approx. 3-4 years from now.
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7 months ago

And in about 20 years we can expect this in Apple Maps


And I still remember all too well how Google refused to add turn by turn navigation in their ios app, until Apple released Maps. I'll never forgive them for that and will always tilt towards other options when possible.
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7 months ago

I vividly remember Google releasing their first iOS Maps app some time after iOS 6 came out with Apple Maps.

Before that, Google did not have their own Maps app on iOS. The "Google Maps" in iOS was an Apple-created app and its lack of features was on Apple.

If you have a link to information that disputes this, please post it because I don't recall any sort of alternative Google Maps app for iOS before iOS 6 came out. I'm quite curious myself if I'm actually wrong, it's just that my own memory completely supports what I wrote.


Wiki history points that you're correct:

Up until iOS 6 ('https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/IOS_6'), the built-in maps application on the iOS ('https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/IOS') operating system was powered by Google Maps ('https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Google_Maps'). However, with the announcement of iOS 6 in June 2012, Apple ('https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apple_Inc.') announced that they had created their own Apple Maps ('https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apple_Maps') mapping service,[13] ('https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Google_Maps_(app)#cite_note-13') which officially replaced Google Maps when iOS 6 was released on September 19, 2012.[14] ('https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Google_Maps_(app)#cite_note-14') However, at launch, Apple Maps received significant criticism from users due to inaccuracies, errors and bugs ('https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Software_bug').[15] ('https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Google_Maps_(app)#cite_note-15')[16] ('https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Google_Maps_(app)#cite_note-16') One day later, The Guardian ('https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Guardian') reported that Google was preparing its own Google Maps app,[17] ('https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Google_Maps_(app)#cite_note-17') which was released on December 12, 2012.[18] ('https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Google_Maps_(app)#cite_note-18')[19] ('https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Google_Maps_(app)#cite_note-19')


Google's Android app was released in 2008 //


On September 23, 2008, coinciding with the announcement of the first commercial Android device ('https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HTC_Dream'), Google announced that a Google Maps app had been released for its Android operating system.[11] ('https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Google_Maps_(app)#cite_note-11')[12] ('https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Google_Maps_(app)#cite_note-12')

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7 months ago

Not correct. They released their ios app in September, 2008. Apple didn't release their Maps app until 2012. Where are you getting your information. And during all that time, they had turn by turn but not for their ios app... and refused to add it. Until Maps came out, and they looked too dumb and would have lost all their users.
If I had time I'd dig up the old forum discussions about it from back then.


I vividly remember Google releasing their first iOS Maps app some time after iOS 6 came out with Apple Maps.

Before that, Google did not have their own Maps app on iOS. The "Google Maps" in iOS was an Apple-created app and its lack of features was on Apple.

If you have a link to information that disputes this, please post it because I don't recall any sort of alternative Google Maps app for iOS before iOS 6 came out. I'm quite curious myself if I'm actually wrong, it's just that my own memory completely supports what I wrote.
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7 months ago


In addition, transit riders in 80 regions worldwide will be able to see exactly where their bus or train is in real time on the map.


Does anyone know what the 80 regions are?
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7 months ago

I vividly remember Google releasing their first iOS Maps app some time after iOS 6 came out with Apple Maps.

Before that, Google did not have their own Maps app on iOS. The "Google Maps" in iOS was an Apple-created app and its lack of features was on Apple.

If you have a link to information that disputes this, please post it because I don't recall any sort of alternative Google Maps app for iOS before iOS 6 came out. I'm quite curious myself if I'm actually wrong, it's just that my own memory completely supports what I wrote.


https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2012/nov/05/apple-google-maps-iphone-dropped

I'm working so I'll try to find better info later. Apple used Google maps for navigation prior to releasing Apple Maps. They didn't renew their license and dropped them to release Maps. Google then had to get their Maps app, as third party, as opposed to the default, approved... whuch they did. The above linked article briefly touches on the fact that Google refused to allow turn by turn on IOS... something that frustrated Apple. And frustrated a lot of people like me... who at that time were using Google Maps... on IOS.. to navigate. And their was a lot of discussion at the time about its lack of turn by turn. It's both amusing and frustrating to have people tell me now that there was no Google navigation prior to maps. There was, and I used it. I was happy when Apple dropped licensing from them and released their own...because I knew that competition was good. And it worked. Google added turn by turn in their third part stand alone app...

edit: to those of you feel strongly that there was no Google Maps prior to Apple Maps... read the linked article. and answer me this: Why did the Guardian write an article in November 2012 (when Apple Maps was released), with the headline being "Why Did Apple Drop Google Maps..."

edit 2: And here is another article talking about Google Maps RETURNING to Apple.

https://www.engadget.com/2012/12/12/google-maps-ios-app/


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This is so wrong. Google wanted more customer data from Apple and Apple refused. So Google didn’t permit vector mapping or turn by turn navigation on the iOS app. This led Apple to making their own. There’s more to the story than what you’re saying.


You are right that their are two sides to every argument. You then put your foot in your mouth and say that my side of the argument is completely wrong (thus saying your side is the only side). I used navigation extensively prior to Apple maps. So it's frustrating to see people on here claim no such navigation existed prior to Apple Maps. And I had watched the discussion at the time with a lot of interest. You can try to parse more blame on whomever you want... but for whatever reason Google did NOT wish to license turn by turn to Apple. So Apple went solo. Then voila... within a year they release their app with turn by turn.

https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2012/nov/05/apple-google-maps-iphone-dropped
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They did not make Waze, the bought it


They also didn't make Google maps... they bought it.
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That's because Apple didn't allow apps that offered turn by turn into the app store. Apple's fault bro, not Google.


Read the article I linked to, that discussed how Apple tried to get Turn by Turn in Google maps... and Google wouldn't allow it. And where are you getting your info that Apple wouldn't allow turn by turn apps... can u link a source please?
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7 months ago

They both look and work quite different. Google uses the traffic data and reports from Waze, yet both apps use different routing mechanisms and of the two I personally prefer Google suggested routes (easier to drive along). The interface alone might be a determining factor for quite a few people.


It's actually nice to have three different navigation apps with different algorithms. When traffic is well and truly ****ed, you can query Apple Maps, Google Maps, and Waze to see which one has the best route. When two out of the three agree, that's probably the best option. :)
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