Taking a Closer Look at Google Maps for iOS

Google Maps has finally returned to iPhone as a free download on the App Store, and it looks and functions better than its native app predecessor ever did on devices running iOS 5 or earlier. Based on information provided on MacRumors and other sources, we’ve rounded up some of the most interesting features and things you need to know about the new Google Maps app:

  • Unlike Apple Maps, voice navigation with turn-by-turn directions is now available for devices running iOS 5.1 or later, including the iPhone 3GS and iPhone 4
  • iPad version is planned
  • Offline mode is planned
  • Public transit directions
  • Google local search
  • Vector-based maps with both 2D and 3D views
  • Google Maps for iOS SDK allows developers to integrate Google Maps into third-party apps fairly easily
  • David Pogue for The New York Times claims that Google Maps for iPhone actually has a better design than its Android counterpart
    • In fact, Pogue suggests that Google itself backs this opinion
  • Google Maps shares a number of features from the Google Earth app, including the complete model of Earth and oceans
  • Shaking your device will bring up a feedback option in Google Maps

Sources: MacRumors, The New York Times

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