New Google Maps teaser

As announced on Google’s official Lat Long blog yesterday, the company has begun rolling out a major update to Google Maps that was first showcased at Google I/O 2013 in May. The company has issued a promotional clip to detail some of the new features, now available to Android 4.0.3+ users as a free download on the Play store. Although the new build hasn’t hit the App Store yet, Google said it will be soon available for iOS 6+ devices…

Among the upcoming new features is enhanced navigation with real-time incident reports (courtesy of Waze) and alerts when a better route becomes available. Other improvements include a revamped appearance across platforms, enhancements to reviews, Zagat and Offers and a new Explore feature where you get cards showing places to eat, drink, sleep and shop just by tapping the search box.

Here, check out the promo clip.

Google removed Latitude and check-ins from the app and said it will be retiring these from older versions on August 9. But don’t worry, location sharing and check-ins to Google+ are coming soon to iOS. My Maps functionality is not supported in this release, but will return to future versions.

“People who want to create powerful custom maps can still do so with Maps Engine Lite on desktop,” Google explains. Last but not the least, Google tweaked how offline maps for Android work: oddly, you must now type ‘OK Maps’ into the search box when viewing the area you want to access offline for later.

The new Google Maps can be downloaded to Ice Cream Sandwich and Jelly Bean Android devices via Google’s Play store. It “will be available soon in the App Store”, Google promised. It’s a staggered release so expect to see it rolling out gradually over the next few weeks.

At post time, only the old Google Maps version 1.1 app for the iPhone and iPad was available in the App Store, last updated in May.

  • MHCsk

    Hopefully I will have so much fun using the new Google maps as the guy in the video.

    • Falk M.

      Here’s the fine print according to Google’s updated app description they submitted to Apple:

      Legal Disclaimer: Awesome life and finances as shown in the marketing video not included in your purchase of the Google Maps app.

      😉 😛

      • logo brandy

        Gotta love Google lol

    • Sachin

      Funny this. His battery never drains.

  • thepies

    google maps stillt he bomb!

  • batongxue

    Hopefully the update will bring out the iPad version

    • MHCsk

      Try FullForce if you’re jailbroken. Works perfectly.

    • Mohammad Ridwan

      It will. They confirmed it at Google I/O 2013.

  • Al

    I’ve been perfectly ok with Apple Maps, just saying…

    • Falk M.

      I’m so happy to have two very great mapping apps ready on my iPhone.
      Apple Maps is my go to app already, but it’s great when you don’t have to rely on one solution only and the competition among them really seems to have upped the pace for mobile mapping.
      I for one at least don’t remember when we had so many great changes coming to mapping apps in this scale since smartphones got a thing.

    • Mohammad Ridwan

      Google Maps > Apple Maps

      • Dominik Odobašić

        Nope. Just an opinion.

  • Marnix Robyns

    *filmed with google glasses

  • Rowan09

    What are the new features reviews and explore? It looks really similar to what we have now.

  • Africanking

    Navigon GPS app never failed me. So why should I change to free gps map.

  • Conanda

    where is “Recorded by Google Glass”?

    just asking…

    • logo brandy

      Probs used a go pro

  • RarestName

    They’ve still haven’t fixed the coordinates of one of the locations that I’ve emailed them. I wanted to walk to the columbarium, and Google Maps brought me to an empty field.

  • logo brandy

    Good old nexus 4 XD

  • That’s a cool ad. Liking the new features coming up.

  • Gorgonphone

    oh no more random advertising

  • marco1993

    The guy in the video drinks too much and That’s the most friendly looking bikie everrrr

  • Guest

    That’s the most friendly looking bikie everrrr