Google Delivering Major New Version of Maps
Updated: added details about lost features.
Google announced that it is making a new version of Maps available to Android devices today, with a new app for iOS devices to follow soon. The overhauled Maps app for Android takes an approach similar to that of the iOS Maps app that Google released late last year. In addition to the user interface changes, Google incorporated a range of new features. Google Maps offers a new Explore tool that lets people see what's nearby without the need to perform an actual search. The information is presented on cards similar to those used in Google Now. Google also improved the navigation tools within the app, with support for more dynamic rerouting around traffic problems. The app also adds more Zagat reviews, user reviews, and will visually incorporate Google Offers into maps as people search through areas where Offers are available. Last, Google is rolling out a new version of Maps specifically for tablets. Google cautions, however, that the new version of Maps loses several features. For example, offline maps is no longer supported, and neither is My Maps. Google said that My Maps will be added back in at a later date. The new Google Maps should be available in the Google Play Store soon. Google didn't say exactly when the iOS version is expected to arrive.
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Google Cleans Up Maps UI
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Google Maps Now Available Offline
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