Google releases revamped app for Maps

By Steven Hawthorn on 10/07/13

Google Maps updateGoogle is rolling out the new version of its popular Maps app, with Google Play seeing it first, before it gets a release for Apple devices.

The revamp is actually based on the current iPhone Google Maps app, and it features improved navigation, along with the new Explore tool.

Explore lets you see bars, restaurants, hotel and shops nearby, with no need to type anything.

You can also make use of a refreshed five-star rating system, so you can see what friends and family thought of local places to eat and drink.

There is enhanced traffic information, with the option to see reports of traffic problems. If a better route than your current choice becomes available, it will be highlighted by the app.

On Google’s official blog, Daniel Graf, Director of Google Maps, said: “Today we’re introducing a new Google Maps app for Android smartphones and tablets, also coming soon to iPhone and iPad.

“It’s a new mapping experience that makes exploring the world and getting to the places that matter to you a lot faster and easier. The app is gradually rolling out globally in Google Play and will be available soon in the App Store.

“The new Google Maps for mobile builds on the design we released for iPhone last December and improves on it with a few useful search and navigation features.”

The Google Maps app update is currently making its way to Android devices, with the Apple version “coming soon”.

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