Google Maps for iOS Receives First Update Since Launch with Google Contacts Integration, Local Business Search

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  1. macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Google today updated its Google Maps for iOS to version 1.1, marking the first update since the company launched its standalone app in mid-December after Apple replaced Google with its own default mapping app in iOS 6.

    The new update brings a few enhancements to Google Maps, including integration with Google Contacts addresses and easier searching of local businesses by category.
    Google Maps is a free download from the App Store. [Direct Link]

    (Thanks, Arthur!)

    Article Link: Google Maps for iOS Receives First Update Since Launch with Google Contacts Integration, Local Business Search
  2. macrumors 68020


    Sep 22, 2009
    Search your Google Contacts... not the contacts stored on my phone? Ugh. I guess I should transfer them all over to Google Contacts then...
  3. macrumors 65816

    May 20, 2008
  4. macrumors 65816


    Jul 11, 2008
    Beat me to it.
  5. macrumors newbie


    Feb 25, 2013
  6. macrumors 65816

    Jan 1, 2007
    San Francisco
    Question is, does it crash on jail broken iPhones like chrome?
  7. macrumors 68000


    Jan 30, 2008
    Nearby Places works very well.

    Good job, Google.
  8. macrumors regular

    Dec 15, 2010
    The audio is always really quiet for voice nav relative to the sound output on the phone when I'm playing music in the car. Anyone else have this issue? Wish I had an option to manually adjust the nav audio output.
  9. macrumors member

    Feb 3, 2013
    Awesome! Apple should team up with Google to create a monopoly
  10. ilp
    macrumors member

    Sep 13, 2007
    Still no search in local contacts.

    Still no remembering of my recent searches. This one completely baffles me. I stopped using Google Maps because of this. Why do I have to re-enter an address I just entered 5 minutes ago? Ridiculous.
  11. macrumors member

    Sep 9, 2010
    That would be a bad thing.
  12. macrumors G4

    Oct 23, 2010
    Maybe they should just merge with Samsung, so that the combined company can have 103% of mobile device profits. That's even better than a monopoly.

    As for Google Maps 1.1 the improvements are nice, but they seem to be resting on their laurels a bit (for instance, still no iPad version).
  13. macrumors 603


    Mar 22, 2010
  14. macrumors G3


    Jun 11, 2008
    Los Angeles, CA
    I was thinking the same thing. It is totally possible to link to our contacts so why haven't they
  15. macrumors newbie

    May 12, 2011
    Is Google contacts search actually working for you?

    I was excited to see this -- contact search was the biggest piece missing from Google Maps (although it should also search iPhone contacts as others have pointed out). Anyway, I do have my contacts in Google, and I successfully searched for a couple of them, but them it seemed to stop working. When I search for my friend John Doe, I just get lots of listings for John Doe Garden Center, etc. Is anyone using this feature successfully? I tried signing out and back in.
  16. macrumors 65816


    Oct 26, 2008
    Not sure if I'm missing some settings somewhere, but I can't for the life of me change mine from miles to kilometers :confused:
  17. macrumors regular

    Apr 16, 2008
    Houston TX
    Since I don't think I've ever seen Apple update a built in app through a App store update, this is an advantage for Google. It seems that Apple has to update the entire OS in order to do a maps upgrade. People are more willing to just update a app than they are their entire OS. Even though Apple does have very high adoption rates of its new OS releases.
  18. macrumors G4

    Small White Car

    Aug 29, 2006
    Washington DC
    I have Google Maps but it has definitely been put into 2nd place for me. I use it when Apple Maps can't find something (which is still a problem, yes). But when Apple's Maps find what I want I vastly prefer the actual software itself to Google's.

    While I do agree with you in general, it should be pointed out that Apple's recently been putting out OS updates like they're going out of style. So perhaps this isn't as big of a problem as we both thought.
  19. macrumors 604


    Nov 26, 2007
    Continued lack of vector data makes Apple Maps superior to Google maps, IMO. It's about the only thing Apple Maps has on Google Maps, but it makes a huge difference.

    Looking forward to seeing what kind of enhancements Apple Maps will get in iOS 7.
  20. macrumors G3


    Jun 12, 2012
    That is what I did a while ago so I am not locked into something that is not cross platform
  21. KanosWRX, Mar 5, 2013
    Last edited: Mar 5, 2013

    macrumors regular

    Jul 14, 2008
    Great update! So glad they have a dedicated app on iOS. Can't we all get along :) Until Apple gets updated maps and better traffic displays (death to red dots!!) I will always use google.
  22. macrumors 6502a


    Jan 18, 2004
    TX or MI
    Apple Maps uses databases that, when updated, update each time you go back to the map unless you are offline. This means that you get the most up to date map, which doesn't necessarily mean it's good it's just up to date, that they have at all times as I understand it. :)
  23. macrumors 68040

    Mad Mac Maniac

    Oct 4, 2007
    A little bit of here and a little bit of there.
    It remembers recent searches for me.... maybe because I'm logged in? Are you?

    Yeah, I agree no search in phone contacts is ANNOYING... I don't know if I want to switch over to google contacts... Anyone know if that is difficult to do?
  24. macrumors 68020


    Sep 22, 2009
    Agreed. Had this problem over the weekend, very annoying.
  25. macrumors 68040


    May 31, 2007
    Florida, USA
    Using FullForce to make this app work better on the iPad is the main reason I jailbroke my iPad.

    Why the heck can't they spend the 20 minutes of dev time required to make this app work well on the iPad? If FullForce can do the trick so easily, it can't be that hard.

    I should add that the app works so perfectly with Fullforce, you'd think it was an iPad native app. They literally require nearly ZERO development effort to do this.

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