by Brent Dirks
May 15, 2013
Google’s been busy making its fair share of iOS news today. Along with unveiling a new look to Google Maps on the Web, the company also previewed the next version of the popular iOS app that will be available sometime this summer. According to The Verge, the app is getting more than a fresh coat of paint:
Google Offers is also being integrated in Maps with the forthcoming update, including deals from popular retailers and restaurants like Starbucks, Toys 'R Us, and RadioShack. Users can now rate restaurants on a five-point scale, and can also view Zagat reviews directly inside Maps. And traffic alerts will expand to include live reports of incidents and accidents across the globe.And Google also announced that it will also be releasing an iPad specific version of the app. That’s great news, and I’m very excited to use it on my iPad mini. If this update is half as good as it sounds, Apple’s own Maps app is going to have even more catching up to do in the coming months. It will be interesting to see what Apple announces at WWDC 2013 next month in San Francisco. The current version of Google Maps is designed for the iPhone/iPod touch and can be downloaded in the App Store now for free.