Google’s popular Maps app has just received a big upgrade with the jump to version 3.0. Along with some powerful new functionalities, Google has also listened to iOS users and added a number of highly requested features.
First up, the app now features lane guidance support. Here’s more about the feature from a Google blog post:
The Google Maps app now shows you which lane to stay in or move to so you’ll never find yourself driving for miles down the wrong road. You’ll also have easy access to alternate routes while you’re navigating, so you can choose the best drive for you.
The offline mode has also been improved. Where available, users can select to “Save map to use offline.” The name of the map can even be customized.
And in select cities, the app is integrated with Uber, if installed. Users can compare their ride with transit and walking directions directly in Google Maps. If they select a ride, Uber can be opened up with just a click.
Other new features include the ability to access iPhone or iPad contacts directly from the app and to search without typing via voice search.
A universal app designed for the iPhone/iPod touch and iPad/iPad mini, Google Maps can be downloaded now on the App Store for free.
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