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    Google Maps

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    • Initial Release: 31 Dec 1969
    • Vendor: Google, Inc.
    • Version: 4.25.0
    • Price: Free

    Google Maps features driving, walking, and transit directions for both the iPhone and iPad, complete with voice guided GPS navigation. Google Maps is currently available in over 220 countries and territories with transit directions included for over 15,000 major cities around the world. Google Maps also comes with Google's popular Street View feature built right in to help you find exactly what you're looking for.

    When the iPhone originally debuted in 2007, a version of Google Maps came pre-installed on every iPhone. When iOS 6 was released in the fall of 2012, Google Maps was removed as a default app and replaced with Apple's own mapping solution, Apple Maps. However, Google quickly released Google Maps as a standalone app through the iOS App Store. This is the version of Google Maps that is currently still available and regularly updated.

    Google Maps is debatably one of the best free direction and transit solutions available today. Since Apple Maps doesn't currently support transit directions, anyone who uses public transportation will find Google Maps to better suit their needs. Other features of Google Maps for iPhone and iPad include detailed information from Google Places on over 100 million locations worldwide. You can also see any reviews available on Google for restaurants and other attractions such as hotels via Google Maps. When you're behind the wheel, Google Maps features live traffic information as well as accident reports so you can plan your route and change plans according to current conditions.

    Since Google Maps pulls location information from Google's massive database of locations, many points of interest such as museums, public buildings, and restaurants also show interior photos and comments from other Google users, which makes Google Maps a very handy companion when traveling in areas you aren't familiar with.

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    Google Maps for iPhone and iPad makes it easier to hail a cab

    Google Maps for iPhone and iPad makes it easier to hail a cab

    Google Maps has been updated with a couple of new, handy features like the ability to easily hail a taxi from the app and integration with Spotlight Search. Perhaps the biggest feature addition is that of the ride services tab, which gives you an easy way to check fare estimates and order a ride...
    Google Maps for iPhone now lets you easily add detours to your trips

    Google Maps for iPhone now lets you easily add detours to your trips

    Google Maps for iPhone will now let you add detours to your trip without leaving navigation mode. Now, for example, if you decide you want to make a pitstop at a gas station or restaurant, you can simply add that detour in the app and your current route and estimated time of arrival will be...
    Google Maps will show you current gas prices, popular times at your favorite stores

    Google Maps will show you current gas prices, popular times at your favorite stores

    Google Maps for iPhone and iPad has been updated, adding new features meant to make your life a little easier while you're out and about. You can now check your local gas stations in Maps to see current prices in the U.S. and Canada. You can also see the most popular times in certain stores...
    Google Maps lets you keep your eyes on the road with spoken traffic alerts

    Google Maps finally picks up spoken traffic alerts in latest update

    Google Maps has finally picked up spoken traffic alerts, bringing it further up to par with its Android cousin. With the new feature, Google Maps will now give you a verbal summary of traffic conditions before you head out the door, along with alerts meant to steer you clear from pesky congestion...
    Google Maps picks up Apple Watch support

    Google Maps picks up Apple Watch support

    Google has updated its Maps app for iPhone and iPad, adding support for the Apple Watch, letting you get directions from Google on your wrist. You can also now compare estimated times of arrival for different modes of transportation. Check the list below for all of the changes in Google Maps 4...
    Google Maps will soon have railroad crossing information

    Google to bring railroad crossing information to Google Maps

    Google Maps will soon include all of the public railroad crossings on its maps, as the company has partnered with the Federal Railroad Administration to increase driver safety. There are around 130,000 public and 85,000 private crossings in the country currently, and there are more than 2,000...

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    Google Maps rolls out a cleaner look and adds areas of interest

    Google Maps is getting a makeover in an update that's currently rolling out to its mobile apps as well as on the desktop. It will offer a cleaner look to the maps themselves while also adding new "areas of interest". In a blog post, Google stated: The world is full of information, which...
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    Hilton's HHonors app now taps into Google Maps to help you select the best room

    Hilton has teamed up with Google to make it possible for you to inspect and book your ideal room on Google Maps. Exclusively available to HHonors members, Google Maps has now been integrated into the company's app, allowing guests to see details on hotel surroundings as well as what view their...
    Transit View on Apple Maps

    How to use Transit Directions with Apple Watch

    Taking the bus downtown? Use your Apple Watch to get you where you need to go. Apple has added support for transit directions in its Maps app. If you live in the right area, you can get bus, train, or subway directions with help from Siri. Transit directions also transfer (pun intended) to Apple...
    Google Maps for iPhone and iPad makes it easier to hail a cab

    Google Maps for iPhone and iPad makes it easier to hail a cab

    Google Maps has been updated with a couple of new, handy features like the ability to easily hail a taxi from the app and integration with Spotlight Search. Perhaps the biggest feature addition is that of the ride services tab, which gives you an easy way to check fare estimates and order a ride...
    Google Maps for iPhone now lets you easily add detours to your trips

    Google Maps for iPhone now lets you easily add detours to your trips

    Google Maps for iPhone will now let you add detours to your trip without leaving navigation mode. Now, for example, if you decide you want to make a pitstop at a gas station or restaurant, you can simply add that detour in the app and your current route and estimated time of arrival will be...
    Google Maps will show you current gas prices, popular times at your favorite stores

    Google Maps will show you current gas prices, popular times at your favorite stores

    Google Maps for iPhone and iPad has been updated, adding new features meant to make your life a little easier while you're out and about. You can now check your local gas stations in Maps to see current prices in the U.S. and Canada. You can also see the most popular times in certain stores...
    Google Maps lets you keep your eyes on the road with spoken traffic alerts

    Google Maps finally picks up spoken traffic alerts in latest update

    Google Maps has finally picked up spoken traffic alerts, bringing it further up to par with its Android cousin. With the new feature, Google Maps will now give you a verbal summary of traffic conditions before you head out the door, along with alerts meant to steer you clear from pesky congestion...
    Google Maps picks up Apple Watch support

    Google Maps picks up Apple Watch support

    Google has updated its Maps app for iPhone and iPad, adding support for the Apple Watch, letting you get directions from Google on your wrist. You can also now compare estimated times of arrival for different modes of transportation. Check the list below for all of the changes in Google Maps 4...
    Google Maps will soon have railroad crossing information

    Google to bring railroad crossing information to Google Maps

    Google Maps will soon include all of the public railroad crossings on its maps, as the company has partnered with the Federal Railroad Administration to increase driver safety. There are around 130,000 public and 85,000 private crossings in the country currently, and there are more than 2,000...
    Google Maps now lets you send directions to your iPhone from desktop

    Google Maps now lets you send directions to your iPhone from desktop search

    Google maps will now let you send directions from your desktop to your iPhone. If you're planning a trip in the near future, Google Maps got a nice update that's sure to come in handy. Users can now send directions from their desktop browser straight to their iPhone. The way it works is fairly...
    Pac-Man Google Maps

    Pac-Man chomps its way onto Google Maps for some retro-style fun

    Google is usually good for some April Fools jokes, and this time they have put Pac-Man on the streets of Google Maps. Pac-Man can be played right now on Google Maps, utilizing the streets of the map as the course. Users can play on streets of their own town on the web, or in select areas on...
    Google Maps update bring new map viewing options and search filter

    Google Maps update brings new map viewing options and search filters

    Google Maps for iOS has snagged an update today, bringing with it a few new features, along with the usual bug fixes. Users will now be able to view a map full screen, view transit line colors when receiving transit directions, and filter search results for restaurants rated on Zagat. Here's the...

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