Google Maps for iOS

Google Maps for iOS

Download Editors' Rating:
4.5
Outstanding
Average User Rating:
2.7
out of 3 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    2.0
  • Total Downloads:
    4,831
  • Date Added:
    Jul. 17, 2013
  • Price:
    Free
  • File Size:
    Not available
  • Downloads Last Week:
    7
  • Platform:
    iOS

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Editors' Review

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Google Maps proves that developers can improve upon an already feature-rich and well-designed navigation app. The latest iteration brings fullscreen street view, transit line colors, a Zagat-rated restaurant filter, and the ability to tap on the mic for easy voice control.

Pros

Easy to navigate: Open Google Maps and you'll see your current location with surprising accuracy. Click any destination around you, or summon another destination by entering it manually or speaking into the mic. Click the walking symbol to pull up directions. You can also switch to car, public transportation (now with color-coded routes), or biking directions. With Google Maps' latest update, you can tap an empty spot on the screen to switch to fullscreen view for better visibility. Once you've planned your route, share it with the person or people you're meeting.

Real-time traffic: Google Maps offers a color-coded traffic map: red for gridlock, yellow for slow, and green for steady. You will also notice community-sourced accident info, courtesy of traffic app Waze.

Hands-free: Just tap the mic button and speak your location by name, address, or "Work" or "Home." This feature is particularly useful for drivers, who need to keep their eyes on the road.

Great discovery tool: Click Explore Nearby in the main menu to get weather details and many popular destinations and activities in your vicinity. The default setting is a five-minute walk starting now, but you can set the time, duration, and travel method, such as a 20-minute drive later tonight. Click your destination for its contact info, hours, photos, and menus. You can add photos and post reviews.

Filter by Zagat rated: You can now filter restaurant searches to include only Zagat-rated restaurants. Just type or speak what you're looking for, tap Filter in the lower-right corner, then press Zagat Rated and Apply.

Offline maps: If you're heading to a poor-reception area, this handy feature lets you create and save maps for later access, even when you're without an Internet connection.

Extensive help: The Help & Feedback section in the main menu helps you get started, search and manage contacts, and use quick gestures. But there's also a Tips & Tricks tab that shows you more, like how to save an offline map and how to zoom in and out in multiple ways.

Shake to send feedback: You can easily shake your phone to report a data problem or send general feedback.

Cons

Confusing color: In traffic mode, we immediately recognized what red, yellow, and green symbolized but could never figure out burgundy.

Another app to download: If you would prefer to see your surroundings through the 3D satellite view, you can click the Google Earth tab in the main menu. But you won't immediately switch to that view, as you would suspect; instead you'll be taken to the App Store to download it.

Bottom Line

If you're looking to get from point A to point B with little hassle, there's no better navigation app than Google Maps. Its extensive location info helps you make the most of your experience once you get there.

 
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User Reviews
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Results 1–3 of 3

2 stars

"Very Disappointing"

January 07, 2013  |  By taiwankima

 |  Version: Google Maps for iOS 1.0

Pros

It's better than nothing. At least the map has English and Chinese street names.

Cons

In Taiwan, the English version isn't 100% in English. I can't read Chinese so when I want a route, the commands are in English but the street names are all in Chinese. That's not helpful. By the way, the street map has all the streets in English and Chinese. So why can't they put the street names in English for the route also. Instead, it'll say, go three blocks to XXXXXXX street and then turn right on XXXXXXXX street.

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5 stars

"WAY BETTER THAN APPLE MAPS!!"

December 18, 2012  |  By mxstoodio

 |  Version: Google Maps for iOS 1.0

Pros

accurate
live traffic condition
very detailed (even shows bus stops)
voice guide, turn by turn
street view
public transport guide

Cons

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can't think of any

Summary

truly awesome tool!! more accurate and more detailed than Google maps in the previous iOS... and if u sign in with your google account u get all the location browsing history from your Chrome account... finally!! no more getting lost!! lol

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1 stars

"it is absolute crap"

December 18, 2012  |  By TylerTile

 |  Version: Google Maps for iOS 1.0

Pros

i can say it in one word
none

Cons

this i can also say in one word
crap

Summary

once you download, you'll delete it, hate it, hittable. Not user friendly

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 2.0
  • New design for iPad?
  • Enhanced navigation including live traffic updates and incident reports?
  • Explore: A new way to browse and discover popular local places to eat, drink, shop, play and sleep?
  • General
    Publisher Google
    Publisher web site http://www.google.com/
    Release Date July 17, 2013
    Date Added July 17, 2013
    Version 2.0
    Category
    Category Travel
    Subcategory GPS Software
    Operating Systems
    Operating Systems iOS
    Additional Requirements Requires iOS 6.0 or later.
    Download Information
    File Size Not Available
    File Name stat
    Popularity
    Total Downloads 4,831
    Downloads Last Week 7
    Pricing
    License Model Free
    Limitations Not available
    Price Free

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