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    Google Maps

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    • Initial Release: 10 Dec 2012
    • Vendor: Google, Inc.
    • Version: 4.7.0
    • 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 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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    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 snags weather info, bug fixes, more in latest update

    Google Maps snags weather info, more in latest update

    Google Maps for iOS scored an update today, bringing it up to version 4.2. The update brings a few new notable features, including the ability to filter restaurant searches by food type, and view current weather information for cities the world over. Oh yeah, and the inevitable generic "bug fixes...
    Google Maps adds quick facts for local points of interest and more in latest update

    Google Maps adds quick facts for local points of interest and more in latest update

    Google Maps for iPhone and iPad has been updated. The app will now help you find businesses near an address that you search for. You can also find quick facts about local landmarks. Users can also now find information for upcoming events from select venues. Below is a list of all of the changes...
    Google Maps gets lane guidance in 15 more European countries

    Google Maps gets lane guidance in 15 more European countries

    Google Maps for iOS has picked up support for lane guidance, a feature that tells you which lane you should be in before your next turn, in a whole slew of new European countries today, including Denmark, Portugal, Austria, Greece, and many more. Here are the newly supported countries, from...

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    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...
    Google Maps adds quick facts for local points of interest and more in latest update

    Google Maps adds quick facts for local points of interest and more in latest update

    Google Maps for iPhone and iPad has been updated. The app will now help you find businesses near an address that you search for. You can also find quick facts about local landmarks. Users can also now find information for upcoming events from select venues. Below is a list of all of the changes...
    Google Maps gets lane guidance in 15 more European countries

    Google Maps gets lane guidance in 15 more European countries

    Google Maps for iOS has picked up support for lane guidance, a feature that tells you which lane you should be in before your next turn, in a whole slew of new European countries today, including Denmark, Portugal, Austria, Greece, and many more. Here are the newly supported countries, from...
    How to quickly get directions to any address on your iPhone

    How to quickly get directions to any address on your iPhone

    Apple's taken a bunch of steps in the past few years to make it easier to find directions for any given address, including data detectors that intelligently make addresses tappable in Messages, Maps search suggestions in Safari, and more. But the system isn't perfect, and I often find myself...
    Google Maps snags weather info, bug fixes, more in latest update

    Google Maps snags weather info, more in latest update

    Google Maps for iOS scored an update today, bringing it up to version 4.2. The update brings a few new notable features, including the ability to filter restaurant searches by food type, and view current weather information for cities the world over. Oh yeah, and the inevitable generic "bug fixes...
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    Google Maps adds highway lane guidance for several European countries

    European users of Google Maps now have a new update that offers voice-guided lane navigation for highways located in Germany, France, Italy, Spain, the UK and Ireland. Google states: When you're in the turn-by-turn navigation mode, we can now make sure you don't miss your next turn or exit...
    Best turn-by-turn navigation apps for iPhone

    Best turn-by-turn navigation apps for iPhone

    Looking for the best iPhone apps to help you navigate the roads and highways? Whether you want turn-by-turn driving or walking directions, or public transit, the App Store has several excellent alternatives to choose from. Depending on where you live, however, one may be much better for you than...

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