Google previews next major Maps update, coming to iOS this summer

By , May 15, 2013

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You know, it wouldn’t be a Google I/O keynote without some kind of talk about Maps. Larry Page and company have made it very clear that its mapping technology is a big part of its future. And they gave us a bit of a glimpse of that future today.

Google will be releasing a big update for its Android and iOS Maps app this summer. And among several new features and updates, we’re happy to see that the software will finally be landing on the iPad. More details on the update after the fold…

In addition to iPad support, the Maps app will be receiving several improvements, including more prominent Zagat reviews (think Yelp), and a cross-platform 5-star rating system. It’ll also show Google Offer discounts from participating locations.

Google says that the new Maps app will be available for iOS and Android this summer. But for the folks who can’t wait to try out some of the new features, you can sign up to receive an invitation to preview the desktop version by clicking here.

After being kicked from iOS, Google Maps was released as a standalone iPhone app last fall. It landed amidst a flurry of complaints from users about the inaccuracy of Apple’s mapping software, helping it to over 10 million downloads in 2 days.

So, who’s excited about Google Maps for iPad?

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  • http://www.facebook.com/mehrabh Mehrab Haque

    I AM!!! FINALLY!!!!

    • http://twitter.com/aidanharris1 ✪ aidan harris ✪

      Well it’s about time. I was beginning to think Google didn’t care about its iOS users.

  • Gorgonphone

    omg its one big advertisement..

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000258418252 David Gitman

    will they fix the lag on the iphone 4 ?

    • Markus Hudobnik

      Probably not.

  • http://www.facebook.com/stayflary Kyle Davis

    I just want to be able to drag the road when it’s giving me directions to change the route. Like if I wanna go on a different road for any given reason but I still need directions.

    • Markus Hudobnik

      YES! I really wanna move that “blue” line to how I want to drive or w/e

      • http://www.facebook.com/stayflary Kyle Davis

        I hope they ad it at some point. Thought I was the only one that wanted this.

      • deepdvd

        You can be certain that Google will “ad” it at some point! (Still, I love Google)

  • MrM0N0P0LY

    Just fix it to where i dont have to keep switching to satellite veiw from regular

  • http://www.facebook.com/prachi.patel.90663 Prachi Patel

    50 billion under 1 million left

    • http://www.facebook.com/prachi.patel.90663 Prachi Patel

      APPLE

  • http://www.facebook.com/prachi.patel.90663 Prachi Patel

    50 billion apps finished

  • https://twitter.com/MrElectrifyer MrElectrifyer

    In Google Earth from 2001?

  • http://www.facebook.com/Makavelli.1 Joseph A. Ahmad

    This is excellent. 3D rendering (or “flyover”) is the only thing Apple Maps sort of had on Google. In all honesty, I think Google Maps will be my go to service but it’s always good to have options like I’ve said time and time before. With Google Now and Maps, BBM, and all that great stuff, I can’t wait to see iOS 7 in combination with all of these services. It will be a great summer testing the iOS 7 beta.

  • Mohammad Ridwan

    Google is so nice to Apple :)

    • http://twitter.com/int3nsive Int3nsive

      Google is a service provider, they want customers.

      Totally different. ;)

  • chris125

    Well lets see what apple unveils with their next version and if they have something in store for maps

    • wheebang

      Not holding my breath. Apple maps was, and still is a disaster. I can only hope they recouple their relationship with Google, and have them as the new default Maps option on iOS 7.

  • wheebang

    The new maps is going to be awesome. Cannot wait!

  • http://twitter.com/D_r_G_r_e_g Greg S

    I still go to Apple maps when my mobile internet drops back to 2G. Loads much quicker.

  • http://twitter.com/int3nsive Int3nsive

    The new Google Maps UI (color schemes, font type and icons) look like Apple Maps.

  • No Whammy

    “we’re happy to see that the software will finally be landing on the iPad. More details on the update after the fold…” [embed video that has nothing to do with iPad, iPhone or Android devices.] This blog is so pro.