google maps

Despite being kicked off iOS in the fall of 2012, Google Maps has managed to maintain a high profile on Apple’s platform. Released as a standalone app that same year, Google’s Maps app offers a solid alternative to the stock application.

And it gets even better today. Google posted an updated for its iOS Maps app this morning that adds a new ‘faster route’ feature. Now, when you’re heading towards a destination, you’ll get notified when a faster route becomes available…

Here are the release notes for Google Maps 2.6:

What’s New in Version 2.6.0

– Get notified when a faster route becomes available in navigation mode
– Bug Fixes

Even though the new feature is the only one in this update, it’s fairly significant. Imagine you’re running late to a concert being held at the heart of a busy city. Wouldn’t it be nice to know, at all times, that you’re taking the fastest route possible?

If that’s not enough to make you want to check out the latest version of Google Maps, I’ll remind you that the app received another update back in December which added the ability to pull up flight, hotel and restaurant data from Gmail.

Google Maps is available in the App Store, for both the iPhone and iPad, for free.

  • Adnan Mosali

    I would take the faster route even when I am not running late 😛

  • Gary Chong

    When will we have a tweak to default to Google Maps? MapsOpener do not work on 7.0.4. Are there alternatives?

    • Adam Bowman

      Try the tweak Navigate From Maps.

    • jacobkwright

      Browser Changer does this, as well as changing any browser as your default.

  • Tom

    Does anyone know a tweak to make siri use google maps when i ask directions?

    • Norbi Whitney

      There is actually a simple workaround to do this without even installing anything. Simply say “via transit” at the end of your query, and Siri will give you the option to open in Google Maps (among others)

  • mav3rick

    Not solid but better, the best alternative…

  • 919263

    What F_cking Maps…???Google Cannot figure out the basics of Mapping, and they were the ones to start all this. Simple Problem:
    Find a location on Map, Tap it, choose Directions to the Place…Voila !!!!
    But NO. Google Maps Has to suck at this simple Task too…
    Error I get: Cannot find location on Map… Well I found the F_Cking location for you… just give me the directions to the place…
    BUT NO… in the address bar it shows the Lat/Lon points… not the address that I just chose…So no DIRECTIONS… God Damn Google… Beginning to Hate your Guts…

    • Nate McKelvie

      What the heck are you talking about?

      • 919263

        Ok this is what I did…
        Search for a place on Google App.
        Once found, tap on the directions link
        That brings up the location on the map with a tab saying “Directions to here”, if you tap on that, it comes up and says.. Route could not be found, if you look in the Address field there are 2 numbers, the Latitude/Longitude points of the address you need directions for…
        So freaking Frustrating…

      • 919263

        This is what I am talking about.

    • Michel Wilker

      What did you smoke, dude ?

      • 919263

        Nothing yet… but google is going to drive me to smoking…

      • Nate McKelvie

        I have no idea, I think your not doing something correctly

  • BigotPride

    Horrible update. It will take you off course without your permission