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Good news iOS users! The big Google Maps update that hit the Android Play Store last week is now rolling out to Apple’s mobile platform. The update, which brings the app to version 2.0, contains a number of new features including iPad support and indoor maps.

Although Apple’s Maps application has significantly improved in recent months, many folks still prefer to use Google’s offering. And since it launched its standalone Maps app on iOS last December, users have been clamoring for an iPad version. Well, here it is…

For a while, the update was available in certain Asian countries, but it couldn’t be downloaded in the United States. In fact, the Google Maps app was gone altogether for a while.

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The Google Maps 2.0 update is now showing in the US App Store. Here’s the full change log:

– New design for iPad

– Enhanced navigation including live traffic updates and incident reports

– Explore: A new way to browse and discover popular local places to eat, drink, shop, play and sleep

– Simple 5-star ratings and reviews from friends, plus expert Zagat content

– Great deals from your favorite brands with Google Offers

– Indoor maps with walking directions for malls, transit stations, airports and more

If you haven’t yet, you can find the new version of Google Maps in the App Store, for free.

  • Damian W

    I wish it could be useful with offline mode. Same goes for Apple maps.

  • Andyxyoona

    Google Maps disappeared in the Canadian App Store .-.

    • Dany Quirion

      same for me dont worry just w8

  • GaugePrower

    anyone know if 2.0 is on appvv yet?

    • GaugePrower

      The iCloud method may be best, appvv is showing version 1.1.6

      • Damian W

        why would you use AppVV for free apps. Are you serious? Or is because your country does not have these apps in the store.

      • GaugePrower

        You hit the nail on the head… if we don’t have it in the US app store, I use AppVV to pick up the foreign version. Even if it’s free, its the only way to obtain it early.

  • Abi Darwish

    Delete the existing google maps, then go to the app store and download it from icloud. it works for me.

  • Phan Van Minh

    Just checked with US/VN/SG/UK (USA/VietNam/Singapoor/UK) Account. Google Maps 2.0 is not available
    Update: Delete the existing google maps, then go to the app store and download it from Purchased
    Thanks Abi Darwish

    • Dontwannaknow

      Tried it but it is still 1.1.6. US Store.

  • RarestName

    Go to the Purchased tab and download it there.

  • Africanking

    Thank You Guys. Found it.

  • Brett Griffin

    Just went live in the Australian store.

    • Yunsar

      sweet mate

  • Jamie Tilden

    I’m in the Canadian store and I don’t see any version of Google Maps available any more 🙁

  • eh

    it is out now!

  • Raul Henriquez

    Still disappointing that it doesn’t integrate with contacts

  • ✪ aidan harris ✪

    iPad support it’s about time!

  • Dominik Odobašić

    Could someone upload their Google Maps ipa file somewhere?

  • mayankgarg99

    guys there is an easter egg present in this update (like in android version also) by which we can use offline mode….just zoom in to area which you want to save, then type “okay maps” in search bar, bingo now that data is saved for offline use…

    • czbird

      Cool. It works. Just wondering if it saves all zoom levels for given area or just the chosen one.

      • mayankgarg99

        i think it saves all zoom level for a particular area…!!

      • Mohammed Sahib

        Tried it. Saves only what you see. You can’t zoom in further unfortunately.

  • haitham

    it’s a nice update, but it kill the battery fast 🙁

  • Bjørn Holm

    Looks great.
    Although I must say that EggMaps HD have been a great alternative for iPad.

    • David Cawthorne

      I think that EggMaps HD which uses the Google maps and street view data, looks far nicer than Google’s own implementation on the iPad. The colours and layout work much better and reminds me of how the Apple iOS5/4 versions of Maps app looked.

  • Al

    Ummm.. Tried it out on the iPad, kudos to Google for the entire implementation.

    Looks like I’ll be staying with Apple Maps since it’s better integrated to iOS and with the addition of OS X Mavericks, it would be a no brainer.

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