Google Maps Now Works with Uber
Google today updated Maps for both Android and iOS devices and added several new features. Maps integrates with Uber (if installed), and can be used to compare route options. When using turn-by-turn navigation, Maps now shows the distance and arrival time, and provides quick access to alternate routes. Maps now allows users to save maps to custom lists for offline use. (Nokia's HERE Maps has allowed offline map use for more than a year.) When using transit, Maps shows the next scheduled bus or train, as well as total walking times. Last, users who sign in can see places for which they've searched recently in a "Places to Review" screen. Google Maps is free to download from the Google Play Store and iTunes App Store.
Google Lets Maps Users Book, Pay for Uber without Leaving Maps
Google today made it easier to hail rides from more car services within Google Maps. The new ride services mode now shows a map with a carousel of car providers that are nearby.
Google Maps Now Available Offline
Google today said Maps can now be used without an active internet connection. People can download maps for cities, counties, and even entire countries so routing and basic navigation tools will function when there's a poor connection or no connection at all.
HERE Maps Updated for Android, iOS, and Windows Phone
Nokia today updated its HERE Maps products for the Android, iOS, and Windows Phone platforms simultaneously. Nokia says there are "millions of changes" to the maps, but calls out a few specifics.
Google to Take Maps Offline
Google today demonstrated a future version of Google Maps that will work when the device is offline. Users will be able to save maps on their device ahead of time for offline access.
Send Places from Google Maps to Your iPhone
Google recently provided an update to its Maps app for iOS that adds the ability to send places from Maps on a desktop to an iPhone. The feature, which has been available to Android phones for several months, requires iPhone owners to enable notifications for Maps.