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Google today updated its Google Maps app to version 4.2, adding a number of new features to enhance the user experience including filters to sort restaurant searches by cuisine and built-in weather information for various cities around the world.

It's now possible for users to drop pins for both starting and destination points when mapping out directions, and Google Maps allows users to add transit directions to their calendars. Finally, the update also includes several bug fixes.

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What's new

- Filter searches for restaurants by cuisine type
- See current weather information for cities around the world
- Drop a pin for your starting and destination points in directions and navigation
- Add transit directions to your calendar
- Bug fixes
Google Maps can be downloaded from the App Store for free. [Direct Link]

Article Link: Google Maps for iOS Gains Restaurant Filters, Weather Info and More
 

bishopstory

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Goodness gracious. Google adds new features to maps 10 times faster than Apple. Apple's maps product really is pathetic.
 

technosix

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Google has certainly created great apps for the iOS platform. Apple has been very fortunate to have Google's help. If not for their terrific contributions, the iPhone experience would certainly be lacking. Google and Apple is a good combination, I know it's certainly made my iPhone experience a lot of fun. :)

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Goodness gracious. Google adds new features to maps 10 times faster than Apple. Apple's maps product really is pathetic.

Google is a very rapid world class innovative company.
 

richwoodrocket

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Seems like all the Google apps are getting updated right now. Hangouts, translate, drive, plus and now maps...
It's about time google earth gets an update.
 

FieldingMellish

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Is there a preference that Google Maps becomes the default app when, for instance, I click on a contact's address when using my iPhone ?
 

cheezeit

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Is there a preference that Google Maps becomes the default app when, for instance, I click on a contact's address when using my iPhone ?


No but if you click on the address it'll open Apple maps, just click the car and it'll start the navigation process then you'll see on the right "apps" and you can chose to open the navigation of your choice... Ie Google maps. A few extra steps yes but better than no option
 

FieldingMellish

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Fantastic. Thanks. It's a welcome enhancement that is one finger tap away. It's just as easy with my phone in a car mount where I find Google maps critically reliable for navigation. My Garmin has been collecting dust close to two years now.
 

mpavilion

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Is there a preference that Google Maps becomes the default app when, for instance, I click on a contact's address when using my iPhone ?

Some apps will allow you to choose a default map/nav app to launch when you click an address (for example, Fantastical, a third-party calendar app). Apple doesn't allow this with its native apps, such as Contacts (to use your example); but perhaps there is a third-party contacts app which does?
 

FieldingMellish

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Maybe so. It's an option for frequent users who'd prefer to limit clicks. In my case, I'd not been app searching for a while since my initial flurry of binging and then getting rid of most. At present, I'm lean with mostly stock apps in the basic categories.
 

ron7624

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No but if you click on the address it'll open Apple maps, just click the car and it'll start the navigation process then you'll see on the right "apps" and you can chose to open the navigation of your choice... Ie Google maps. A few extra steps yes but better than no option

Thanks for that. I now see the option for google maps.
Luckily, I've not had a problem with my use of Apple maps but have had problems getting Google maps to work for me. I do understand that it is supposed to be better, but I get stuck at the onset. To me it is not intuitive and have to work at it to get it to start navigating. But since I have not needed it, I've not worked at figuring it out. On the other hand, I use it heavily at work on my Win 7 computer and find the web based version very easy to use and very helpful at finding addresses that I need.
 

robjulo

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Wow. This is great info. I never knew you could do that.

No but if you click on the address it'll open Apple maps, just click the car and it'll start the navigation process then you'll see on the right "apps" and you can chose to open the navigation of your choice... Ie Google maps. A few extra steps yes but better than no option
 

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Google has certainly created great apps for the iOS platform. Apple has been very fortunate to have Google's help. If not for their terrific contributions, the iPhone experience would certainly be lacking. Google and Apple is a good combination, I know it's certainly made my iPhone experience a lot of fun. :)

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Google is a very rapid world class innovative company.

Althought Google search and maps are excellent Google products, I question their ethics. A business model based on tracking and other shady shenanigans.

That's why ill use duckduckgo occasionally, because I just don't trust google.
 

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More great features from Google

If you like Maps, and GMail, and YouTube, and of course Googles powerful search, you might also enjoy the Google operating system. You get a wide variety of devices to choose from, tighter integration of these popular Google apps, and usually for a fraction of the price of an iPhone. Check it out!
 
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