By Christian Zibreg on Jun 28, 2016
Google is upgrading the quality of aerial imagery for the satellite view that’s available in Google Maps and Google Earth services. According to a blog post yesterday, both mapping services now offer crisp high-definition satellite imagery of Earth without clouds captured by Landsat 8, an Earth observation satellite launched on February 11, 2013 in a collaboration between NASA and the United States Geological Survey (USGS). Read More
By Christian Zibreg on May 24, 2016
Google’s native mapping application for the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad was bumped to version 4.19 this morning, bringing out a few enhancements meant to improve your navigation and Street View experience.
For starters, a few new voice controls are now available in navigation to mute, unmute or turn on alerts only. You can also move around Street View by swiping, and more. Read More
By Christian Zibreg on May 10, 2016
Yesterday, iDownloadBlog detailed a cool new one-handed zoom gesture during video capture which Snapchat’s latest update has implemented.
This incredibly convenient shortcut permits you to zoom in and out as you’re shooting video with Snapchat’s camera, in real time. As one of our commenters pointed out, Google Maps has long had a similar shortcut on its native iOS app.
With it, iPhone, iPod touch and iPad users can zoom in and pan around in one-handed mode, without needing to use a two-fingered pinch-zoom gesture. Here’s how one-handed zoom mode works on Google Maps for iOS. Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Apr 28, 2016
Google yesterday pushed an update for its native Maps application on the App Store, bringing out a few newsworthy features and enhancements.
Google Maps 4.18 for iOS introduces a new Travel Times widget which lets commuters check a live travel time estimation to their home or work right within the Notification Center’s Today view.
In addition, the app’s gained a new built-in option for sharing directions with contacts. Plus, there’s a brand new Night mode and distance units settings in navigation. Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Mar 24, 2016
Google has pushed a refresh to its mapping application in the App Store. Bumped to version 4.17, Google Maps for iPhone, iPod touch and iPad now integrates with a total of six popular international ride services via a new tab in navigation mode.
In terms of other features, the updated application gives you the ability to save route options and integrates with iOS 9’2 enhanced Spotlight Search so you can find your saved places via the search field revealed after pulling down on any Home screen. Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Mar 1, 2016
As part of yesterday’s update to Google’s iPhone and iPad mapping application in the App Store which brought pit stops to navigation mode, the refreshed software has replicated one of my favorite 3D Touch features found on Apple Maps: the ability to get directions to home and work right from the Home screen.
In the new Google Maps 4.16 for iOS, iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus owners can press the app’s Home screen icon to bring up the shortcut menu with two useful Quick Actions: Directions to Work and Directions to Home. Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Feb 29, 2016
Internet giant Google on Monday announced that an upcoming update to its native, free of charge Maps application in the App Store has a brand new feature that will let you add pit stops onto your trips without leaving navigation mode. The feature was added to Google Maps for Android last October and starting today will begin rolling out on iOS in more than a hundred countries worldwide where Google Maps offer navigation. Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Dec 14, 2015
Google today updated its native Maps application for the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad, adding two nice-to-have features: gas prices in the United States and Canada and business hours for millions of points of interest around the world. Now when searching for gas stations in the US and Canada, the application will display up-to-date gas prices so you can better decide between the nearest gas stations and those that potentially offer the lowest prices of gas. Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Nov 10, 2015
Although Google Maps for the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad in its current incarnation supports saving a limited area as an offline map (just type ‘OK Maps’ into the search field), the full offline functionality used to be an Android exclusive, but that’s about to change soon.
According to Google today, full offline maps in Google Maps are coming soon to the iOS edition of the software. Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Nov 5, 2015
Google yesterday refreshed its iPhone and iPad mapping application in the App Store with a pair of new features. For starters, the iOS application introduces spoken traffic alerts to help you find the best route without taking your eyes off the road. In addition, it is now possible to add new and missing businesses from the app’s sidebar menu.
Google Maps is available free in the App Store. Read More
By Sébastien Page on Sep 29, 2015
The Google Maps app received an update today that includes a handful of new features, the most noteworthy of them being support for Apple Watch.
Upon launching the app on your Apple Watch, you will be presented two buttons: one for directions to your home, another for directions to your work, two locations that can easily be set up from within Google Maps on iPhone. A list of recent routes is also displayed on the screen to quickly browse and access your latest requested directions. Read More
By Jeff Benjamin on Sep 1, 2015
Less than a month adding a new Night Mode feature to its Maps app, Google is back with a host of new features for its popular iOS navigation app. The latest update to Google Maps, version 4.10.0, brings new features like new Street View thumbnails, custom maps, and support for six additional new languages.
Of course, Google also took the opportunity to update the Maps app with its new logo. Not only will you find the new Google logo inside of the Google Maps app, but the Mountain View, CA company has also updated its popular app with a brand new app icon. Read More
By Jeff Benjamin on Aug 6, 2015
Google Maps has entered the dark ages…literally. A new night mode is now available for night time navigation, which should make navigation a lot easier on the eyes while inside of a dark vehicle cabin.
For anyone who has tried to use navigation while riding around in the dark, you’ll quickly understand why the presence of a night mode is such a much-needed feature. Instead of having to dim the screen to near unreadable levels, the new night mode will make your iPhone’s screen easier to view during nighttime driving sessions. Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Jul 22, 2015
Google yesterday announced a new feature for users of its mapping service which makes it easy and fun to reminisce about the places you’ve explored with Google Maps.
Currently available on desktop and Android, the “Your Timeline” feature lets you revisit any place you’ve been on a given day, month or year.
Your Timeline is private and visible only to you.
As a bonus, if you use Google’s new Photos mobile app, available free of charge in the App Store, it’ll show you the photos you took when viewing a specific day. Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Jul 8, 2015
Google Maps for iOS has been refreshed in the App Store with a trio of useful new features ahead of a brand new native Street View for iOS app due in mid-August.
Google Maps for iPhone and iPad now sports revamped public transport directions while adding new choices for alternate routes and real-time data about your arrival time.
Newly added sharing features include options to post Google Maps locations to Facebook and send map URLs to your Facebook Messenger friends. There’s also a brand new image gallery which presents various photos of a location in a grid view. Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Jun 24, 2015
Yosemite National Park’s El Capitan isn’t just the world’s most famous rock wall, but the official name of Apple’s latest desktop operating system, too. Coincidentally or not, Google Maps has teamed up with legendary climbers Lynn Hill, Alex Honnold and Tommy Caldwell to capture an awesome panorama tour of El Capitan’s epic 3,000 feet climb.
You can explore it inside your browser with Google Maps’ marvelous vertical Street View mode offering high-quality 360-degree photography of the rocks from the climbers’ perspective that can be rotated and panned around. Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Jun 9, 2015
Google’s native Maps application for the iPhone and iPad now includes a handy option to send a place you search for on desktop to your iPhone, iPod touch or iPad. Before you can use this handy feature, you must update to Google Maps 4.7 for iOS or later, and enable this option in settings. In this post, I’m going to teach you how to set up and use this feature so you can easily send any place from Google Maps on your desktop to your iOS device. Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Jun 2, 2015
According to a post on the official Google Lat Long blog, the company’s mapping service now includes improved real-time transit information for select cities in the United States, the United Kingdom, Hungary and the Netherlands.
The more accurate transit data includes real-time information on arrivals for buses, metros and subway systems, Google said. Google Maps will even alert you to cancelled routes, so you can “better navigate the intricate and unpredictable world of transit in major cities around the world.” Read More