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    • Initial Release: 31 Dec 1969
    • Vendor: Google, Inc.
    • Version: 4.38
    • 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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    Best turn-by-turn navigation apps for iPhone

    Best turn-by-turn navigation apps for iPhone

    The best turn-by-turn navigation app is the one that keeps you from driving into a lake á la Michael Scott. The old joke is that men hate stopping and asking for directions, but the truth is that no one likes to. It takes you out of your way and wastes precious time while some yokel argues with...

    Apple Maps vs. Google Maps: A year in analysis

    Apple is constantly working on maps but, when you look at this incredibly detailed analysis by Justin O'Beirne, Google is racing. Over the course of a year, Google quietly turned its map inside-out – transforming it from a road map into a place map. A year ago, the roads were the most...

    How to open Apple Maps locations and directions in Google Maps

    Want to see how Google Maps routes a destination instead? There's an app for that. The Maps app is, shall we say, controversial: While Apple's mapping app has seen incredible improvement over the last few years, there are still areas (both physical and feature-related) where it falls short....
    How to save your parking spot with Google Maps for iPhone and iPad

    How to save your parking spot with Google Maps for iPhone and iPad

    The latest Google Maps update helps you remember where you parked! We've all been to busy shopping malls, and we've all walked out after an intense shopping trip only to realize that we left through a different door than we came in, and we have no idea where our car is. Google Maps now helps you...

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    Google just had to remove its new calorie-centric Maps feature

    Following tons of backlash, Google was forced to remove a new feature for Maps that showed the amount of calories a person could burn by walking to their destination instead of driving. Recently, Google rolled out a new test feature to a small number of users that showed them the amount of...

    How to open Apple Maps locations and directions in Google Maps

    Want to see how Google Maps routes a destination instead? There's an app for that. The Maps app is, shall we say, controversial: While Apple's mapping app has seen incredible improvement over the last few years, there are still areas (both physical and feature-related) where it falls short....

    Apple Maps vs. Google Maps: A year in analysis

    Apple is constantly working on maps but, when you look at this incredibly detailed analysis by Justin O'Beirne, Google is racing. Over the course of a year, Google quietly turned its map inside-out – transforming it from a road map into a place map. A year ago, the roads were the most...
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    Google Maps - Everything you need to know!

    Do you prefer Google Maps to Apple Maps? Here's everything you need to know about Google's mapping service! Google Maps is an alternative mapping service to Apple's native Maps app. It's also got about a decade more experience under its belt. Though Apple Maps is a worthy adversary, and...
    How to save your parking spot with Google Maps for iPhone and iPad

    How to save your parking spot with Google Maps for iPhone and iPad

    The latest Google Maps update helps you remember where you parked! We've all been to busy shopping malls, and we've all walked out after an intense shopping trip only to realize that we left through a different door than we came in, and we have no idea where our car is. Google Maps now helps you...
    How to share location and directions with Google Maps

    How to share location and directions with Google Maps

    Google Maps makes it easy to share both your location and directions. Google Maps recently added a new location-sharing feature to its app for iPhone and iPad. This is useful when you're trying to meet up with people, especially in large areas like parks or beaches. You can easily choose who you...
    How to delete your search history and prior destinations in Google Maps

    How to delete your search history and prior destinations in Google Maps

    Clear out old data in Google Maps on your iPhone or iPad. Google Maps is a great alternative to Apple's built-in Maps app that offers turn-by-turn navigation, helps you find local points of interest, and more. If you use Google Maps a lot, you might feel the need to clear out some of the data...

    How to use Siri with Google Maps

    An old iOS trick once let you directly query Google Maps with Siri, but it's dead now. Instead, use this workaround. As much as I would love to be able to say "Open Boston, Massachusetts in Google Maps," that day is not yet here: Apple currently doesn't offer SiriKit routing for mapping...

    How to find locations and get directions with Google Maps

    How do I find locations and get directions with Google Maps for iPhone and iPad? We'll show you! Although Apple has preloaded all iPhones and iPad with its own Maps app, the Google Maps app is a popular alternative that functions just a tad differently. If you're looking for help on how to find...
    Best turn-by-turn navigation apps for iPhone

    Best turn-by-turn navigation apps for iPhone

    The best turn-by-turn navigation app is the one that keeps you from driving into a lake á la Michael Scott. The old joke is that men hate stopping and asking for directions, but the truth is that no one likes to. It takes you out of your way and wastes precious time while some yokel argues with...
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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...

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