Google has rolled out a major update for its Maps services for iPad and iPhone devices, as it continues to try to tempt people to use its mapping services rather than those of Apple Maps.
Google released its first version of the Maps app last December after it was kicked off the iOS platform as the native in-built maps offering, when Apple released its own software, which was criticised for numerous issues.
Now Google has rolled out its Maps 2.0 update, with a host of new features and functionalities. These include optimising the app for the iPad (pictured below) as well as enhancing the navigation features, as Daniel Graf, director of Google Maps, explained.
“When you’re stuck in traffic and wondering what the hold-up is, use Google Maps on your iPhone to get live incident reports on road closures, construction, accidents, and more. And as always, you’ve got voice-guided, turn-by-turn navigation, and live traffic conditions right on the map," he said.
Bike trails have also been added to the services. “For you bike enthusiasts out there, get turn-by-turn directions and voice-guided navigation for more than 330,000 miles of trails, paths and bike lanes around the world,” Graf wrote.
Businesses could also benefit from an enhanced reviews system, which allows users to rate locations with a new five-star rating system while expert opinions from Zagat have also been added.
The update is available now on the iTunes store and has so far scored an average of four and a half stars, although this is only from 181 reviews at the time of writing. Earlier this week Google announced new additions to its Street View service of Venice and the Eiffel Tower.
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