By Christian Zibreg on Dec 1, 2016
Google today launched its Santa Tracker in Google Maps. If you find NORAD’s own Santa Tracker lacking in terms of visuals and overall design, Google’s web app may be right up your alley. By visiting santatracker.google.com from any device, you can take a peek at at Santa’s Village as the white-bearded man gets ready for the big day.
Unfortunately, the Santa Tracker does not work in Apple’s Safari browser so use Chrome instead or another browser of your choice. Read More
By Anthony Bouchard on Nov 26, 2016
While most people grant Google Maps access to their location for navigation purposes, not everyone uses Google Maps for navigation. Other users primarily use the app for region exploration and keep Google Maps from accessing their location for privacy reasons.
If you’re one of these people, and you hate seeing the location services warning alert every time you open the app, then you should install a new free jailbreak tweak called Google Maps – No Location Services Alert right away. Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Oct 25, 2016
Google Maps for the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch yesterday received an interesting update in the App Store. The new version brings out a few enhancements such as integration with popular food delivery services, support for plus codes—identifiers for locations that don’t have their own street address—and other perks. These new features require Google Maps 4.24 for iOS or later, which can be downloaded free of charge from the App Store. Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Oct 7, 2016
Google yesterday bumped its mapping application for the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch to version 4.23, adding a few new features including revamped widgets for “Nearby Transit” and “Travel Times” that now adhere to iOS 10’s new design style for widgets.
In Google Maps 4.23 for iOS, you can now upload photos along with your reviews of places and see descriptions of places including features, atmosphere and amenities. Read More
By Anthony Bouchard on Oct 1, 2016
When you use Apple’s Maps app to navigate during long road trips, you may sometimes have to park in a large parking lot you’re unfamiliar with, and you may forget where you parked your car. Heck, you may go to the mall down the street and forget where you car is parked on that gigantic lot.
Starting with iOS 10, Maps can remember you where you parked your car so you don’t have to. Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Jul 25, 2016
Google today updated its mobile mapping application for the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch with some rather useful visual tweaks. Google Maps 4.21 for iOS now highlights local areas that might interest you, adding multiple destinations to a route is supported in the new version and the typography of street names, points of interest, transit stations and other places has been improved to make them easier to read on smaller screens, among other changes. Read More
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