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Google Maps update comes to android first, iPhone and iPad users later

Google has rolled out some official updates for the Google Maps app for various smartphones and tablets running Android. The updates will also come soon to the iPhone and the iPad.
The new app updates build on the design released for the iPhone last December, and brings the retirement of Latitude and some changes to offline and My Maps.

“Explore” is designed to allow users to visually browse and discover new places without typing. All the user has to do is tap the search box and access cards showing the users places to eat, drink, sleep, and shop. The new app features enhanced navigation, showing things such as current traffic conditions and new features to navigate around traffic.

Those new features include reports of problems on the road along with incident details, and Google Maps will now alert users of the better route is available and makes rerouting faster. The alert and reroute feature is only available on Android at this time.
Zagat ratings and Google Offers are also now integrated into search results on Google Maps. Offers from national brands such as Macy's and others will be labeled right on your maps. Presumably that means if you're on a trip and you drive by a store that currently has a valid Offer, you'll be able to see it right on the map.
With the retirement of Latitude, users can still see friends and family on the map via the added location sharing and check-ins to Google+.

Offline maps are no longer features, but maps can still be viewed while the user is online by using the OK Maps query in the search box when viewing area you want to see later.

Source: Google blog

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By bug77 on 7/10/2013 11:27:48 AM , Rating: 3
Anyone figured out how to make maps available offline using the new interface?

RE: Cool
By Treknologist on 7/10/2013 11:41:25 AM , Rating: 2
Apparently you need to type "OK Maps" in the search bar once you have the maps you want saved on the screen. At least, that is what the folks from Droid Life posted. I've yet to test it.

RE: Cool
By bug77 on 7/10/2013 1:13:01 PM , Rating: 4
I can't test it either right now, but if that's true, it's beyond stupid.

RE: Cool
By Treknologist on 7/10/2013 4:50:05 PM , Rating: 2
I'd have to agree. They need to find a better way of doing this.

RE: Cool
By ZorkZork on 7/11/2013 6:31:58 AM , Rating: 2
it works but ... the individual map segments cannot be very large. To get a large segment you zoom and try "OK MAPS" ... most of the time you get an error. Then zoom at bit more and try again ...


Google is fixated on dumping customers who are not always online. Offline maps is one thing, insisting on Nexus phones with limited storage is another. Unfortunately there seems to be no good alternative.

RE: Cool
By Treknologist on 7/11/2013 8:48:40 AM , Rating: 2
They've added a button back now that makes it easier to save the maps offline.

RE: Cool
By ZorkZork on 7/11/2013 9:40:07 AM , Rating: 2
I don't seem to be able to find it - where is it?

RE: Cool
By Treknologist on 7/11/2013 1:08:14 PM , Rating: 2
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