Enhanced Google Maps App with iPad Support 'Coming Soon'

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    At its Google I/O conference back in May, Google showed off enhancements to its mapping services, announcing an all-new desktop experience as well as significant improvements to the company's mobile apps, including an iPad app.

    Early today, Google announced that the revamped mobile map experience is now rolling out to Android smartphones, with the iOS updates "coming soon". Among the improvements included in the release:
    The new mobile apps also incorporate Google reviews and Zagat ratings, as well as Google Offers from nearby businesses.

    Apple of course replaced Google Maps as the default mapping service on its mobile devices as of iOS 6, rolling out an in-house app that has been the subject of significant criticism. Following Apple's move to an in-house mapping solution, Google launched a standalone Google Maps app for iPhone in the App Store last December.

    Article Link: Enhanced Google Maps App with iPad Support 'Coming Soon'
  2. Jalopybox macrumors 6502a


    Nov 13, 2012
    Does it fix the dimming/brightness bug while navigating?
  3. Mad Mac Maniac macrumors 601

    Mad Mac Maniac

    Oct 4, 2007
    A little bit of here and a little bit of there.
    All the more reason to ditch Apple maps.....

    Although, I have to admit, lately I've been wanting to give Apple maps another chance. Siri integration, lockscreen display, etc just seem like a pretty good deal.... But after a few attempts, I remembered why I switched to Google maps... Apple I want to love you! Stop hurting my heart!
  4. macslayer118 macrumors 6502

    Oct 6, 2008
    Dallas, TX
    Best thing to come out Apple's terrible Maps fiasco was Google releasing this app!
  5. newyorksole macrumors 68020

    Apr 2, 2008
    New York.
  6. ValSalva macrumors 68040


    Jun 26, 2009
    Burpelson AFB
    Same here. I'm no fan of Google but their Maps app is miles ahead of Apple's. I just make sure that I'm never logged into Google whenever I used their services which at this point is maps and search.
  7. gmanist1000 macrumors 68030


    Sep 22, 2009
    I hope so... it's soooo annoying.
  8. barkomatic macrumors 68040

    Aug 8, 2008
    Good News. It's going to be a long time before Apple Maps even comes close to Google Maps. Now if Apple would only allow us to make Google Maps the default.

    Apple Maps is prettier, but half the time I enter an address Apple Maps doesn't even come close to pinning the location properly--still a big mess.
  9. Fresh1 macrumors regular

    Oct 22, 2010
    Maryland, USA
  10. pancakedrawer macrumors regular

    Dec 13, 2010
    Give me the option to download areas for offline navigation like on Android.
    Google Maps is a lifesaver when travelling but offline is a must.
  11. chumawumba macrumors 6502


    Aug 9, 2012
    Ask the NSA
    I have been waiting so long for iPad support!
  12. gluckett macrumors regular

    Sep 23, 2009
    It's now not quite the same on Android anymore either. A buddy of mine was irate this morning after they rolled out a new version of maps for Android and the offline support is no longer an official feature at the moment. Now, you have to know the secret Easter egg the developers left in to access that feature - you have to type some special key phrase in the search field to do it.
  13. BJMRamage macrumors 68020


    Oct 2, 2007
    Funny. I haven;t used Apple Maps much (not too much need lately) and have NOT downloaded Google Maps but wife has been using Apple Maps with her iPhone 5 (it's new to her) and she really likes it. and how accurate Apple Maps has been, going down to how many feet away we are to a turn (it was 10 feet, then 5 feet while waiting to turn at a light)

    Anyway, this looks more less MAPS and more search/maps/you might like based on preferences and just more battery consumption (AND 3G usage).
  14. rwilliams macrumors 68040


    Apr 8, 2009
    Durham, NC
    I prefer the "road sign" navigation UI of Apple Maps, especially when you're not in the app itself, and the Siri integration is nice. But it's getting harder to deny that Google Maps is way ahead. The new Explore feature looks fantastic.
  15. gfeen macrumors newbie

    Nov 29, 2011
  16. appleisking macrumors 6502a

    May 24, 2013
    Can anyone tell me why the google maps app for ios has mediocre reviews on the app store? Seriously, I'm curious.
  17. gmanist1000 macrumors 68030


    Sep 22, 2009
    I think they actually removed this from android today with the update.


    Most of the reviews mention the annoying auto-dimming.
  18. thedeejay macrumors 65816


    Aug 16, 2012
    Toronto, Canada.
    Who're you kidding bro. It's google. They know your info.
  19. mudman2 macrumors member

    Jul 19, 2010
    They can make it out of gold, I am not having google tracking me
  20. JarJarThomas macrumors regular


    Mar 18, 2013
    i really so no problems with apple maps in everyday usage.
    It replaced my mobile gps, i had never a wrong route or missing road.
    google maps on the other side does not know my street.

    The only glitches with apple maps are visual glitches like some bad satelite images (gray but highres instead of colorful and lowres) or some errors in the automatic 3d generation wich need to be fixed by hand (and if you think about how large the damn world is, it is hard to fix these).
    by the way google maps has similar errors.

    the only thing where both really differ are pois. although at least for germany apple maps is better here (but that depends on the data they can buy)
  21. jonnysods macrumors 601


    Sep 20, 2006
    There & Back Again
    Man it's better on iOS than it is on JB 4.2!!
  22. Sirious macrumors 65816


    Jan 2, 2013
    United Kingdom
    Finally! I love Apple Maps, but you can't not have Google Maps too. I've been waiting for an iPad version for ages.
    Thanks Google!
  23. DrMotownMac macrumors 6502


    Jul 11, 2008
    Sorry this is a little off topic, but someone has to say it...

    As one of the few MacRumors members from the Detroit area (and a big Detroit Tigers fan), I have to say... I love that video!

    P.S., They play "Detroit Rock City" at Comerica Park before every Tigers game!
  24. yuanshec macrumors newbie

    Feb 25, 2008
    Same feeling here.
    I found people who used Map in car navigation tends to like Apple Map more. It is so elegant that I keep tolerating the wrong POIs for Apple Maps...
    What I really desired is Apple Map app+Google Map data.
  25. Winni macrumors 68030


    Oct 15, 2008
    You don't want to be tracked by Google but being tracked by Apple is okay for you...?

    It doesn't matter in the grand scheme of things which corporation is tracking you, because the NSA is going to track you anyway.

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