Remember when Apple took the Google Maps of our iPhones and slapped up the incredibly terrible Apple Maps? Well, if you’ve been holding out and not swapping it out for the Google Maps app, you might want to rethink that now. Because the Google Maps app just got way more awesome.
If you use the Google search app, you’ve already seen the great features that Google Now has brought to the app, making it easier to search for nearby restaurants, bars, stores, and more. Well, Google has brought those same features to the maps app, making the app and incredibly powerful search tool that will transform how you travel or search for locations you need.
Here are my favorite new details.
• Once you determine the location you need – say, a Korean restaurant – you only need to press and hold the car icon to instantly launch the navigator.
• You don’t even need to type to find cool things nearby. Simply tapping into the search bar pulls up the Explore feature, allowing you to check out nearby bars, restaurants, hotels, and shops. Just like that.
• It’s easy to review a locale in the new app, and Google has partnered with Zagat, so you can get extensive information about any place you’re planing to check out.
• Best of all, however, is the vastly improved traffic reporting in the app – including alerts about construction. I LOVE THIS.
If you have an iPhone, iPad, or iPad mini, you’re going to want to get this app. More pics below.