The latest version of the Google Maps iOS app has been given some Google Now functionality: when you click on an airport, hotel or restaurant, the app will display any reservation information it can find in your linked gmail account. This functionality was previously only available in the desktop app.
Although Google has added a succession of features to the app, data last month showed that most iPhone users were using the pre-installed Apple Maps. Adding Google Now functionality is an attractive feature for gmail users, but Google faces the same problem as ever since Apple replaced Google Maps with its own offering: most iPhone users will use what Apple gives them.
After a rather successful launch (it was #1 in the App Store for quite a while), Flexibits has updated Fantastical 2 for iPhone with a number of small but notable improvements.
Most notably, Fantastical alerts now come with a notification tone. New options for assigning the app icon badge are available as well.
If you haven’t already tried it out, you can pick up Fantastical 2 on sale for $2.99 in the App Store (regular $4.99) and read our full review here. Fantastical 2.0.1 is a free update to existing customers and available now. (Full change log below.)
What’s New in Version 2.0.1
Thank you VERY much for making us #1 on the App Store during our launch! To show our appreciation, here’s a quick update to improve a few things and fix many of your reported issues. We hope you’re continuing to enjoy Fantastical 2.
- Fantastical 2 notifications now have a sound
- Additional App Icon Badge options: Today’s Remaining Events, Today’s Due Reminders, and Incomplete Reminders
- Adding a phone number as a location shows a call button in event details
- Double-tapping a date picker switches between showing every minute and every five minutes
- Added a “reminder” and “due” parameter to the URL handler. Example: fantastical2://parse?sentence=Buy%20milk&reminder=1&due=yyyy-MM-dd%20HH:mm
- Additional parser improvements
- Performance improvements for iPhone 4
- Updated time zone database
- Fixed a display issue with certain Asian languages
- Fixed Dynamic Type not respecting large type settings from Accessibility
- Fixed an issue where calendar colors could appear too dark or too light
- Fixed an issue when editing events with a custom time zone
- Fixed addresses in notes not opening in Google Maps when they should
- Various fixes and improvements
- Multiple Account Support. You can now switch between personal, work, or any other Google account
- Single Sign In: Sign in once to Google Drive and you’ll automatically be signed in to apps like YouTube, Google Maps, Chrome, and G+
- Print your files now with Google Cloud Print or AirPrint
- iOS 7 Support
Notably, users can now have multiple accounts on Drive for iOS and the app supports single-sign-on across Google apps on iOS. Also new is increased compatibility for iOS 7 and printing either via AirPrint or Google Cloud Print.
The Google Maps app for iPhone and iPad has been updated with a few changes to the hotel search feature and transit directions. When searching for a hotel, the app now presents some sponsored rates (ads, basically—but useful ones). You can also quickly access a map from the transit directions preview screen, as well as a list of upcoming departure times.
The app also include “bug fixes,” which are always nice. The complete change log is below.
What’s New in Version 2.4.3
● Improved hotel search results with sponsored rates and booking links
● Quick access to map and upcoming departures in transit directions preview
● Bug fixes
Last year, we heard the amazing story of Saroo Brierley, the Indian "lost child" who used Google Earth to find his way home after 25 years. This stirring video produced by Google features Brierley telling the story in his own words. It’s pretty crushing.
The updated app also includes a new Tips and Tricks section available from the side menu and support for new languages, including: Arabic and Hebrew. Google also notes that the new supported languages will offer voice guidance “where available.”
A full list of what’s new below:
What’s New in Version 2.3.4
● Faster access to navigation, complete with route and traffic overview
● Tips and Tricks available in the side menu
● Arabic and Hebrew now supported, including voice guidance in navigation, where available
● Bug fixes
Getting to one destination and then having to input your next destination manually? Who has the time? Years of your life have been wasted with this arduous task. But now, finally (or, rather, once again) you can add multiple destinations all at once in Google Maps.