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Google Maps’s Next Trick: Working Out Your Destination Without Asking

Google Maps might know the local traffic better than me, but for short trips around town, I can’t be bothered to turn it on. But thanks to the latest update to Maps on Android, I don’t have to.

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Chris Mills

January 13th

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Google Maps for iOS gains up-to-date gas prices, popular business hours

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Google’s Maps app for iPhone and iPad got a small but useful update on the App Store today. The latest version of the Google Maps iOS app now includes a couple of handy features.

First up, and undoubtedly the most useful for drivers is the up-to-date gas prices in the US and Canada. The feature was included in the Android version of Google’s app a couple of months ago and lets users check nearby gas stations to see which has the most affordable prices. You can find prices simply be searching for ‘gas’ or ‘gas stations’ in the search field and Google Maps will automatically bring up the nearest options and list pricing for those locations.

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Business hours have been included in the app for some time, but today’s update also lets you check when is best to avoid/visit particular businesses. Like its online search and maps tools, the updated iPhone app brings the ability check popular visiting hours for local stores and outlets. Now you can see what you always knew about any business or retail location: It starts getting busy after lunch.

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Google Maps version 4.13.0 is available to download from the App Store for free and requires users to be running iOS 7.0 or later and is compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad.


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December 14th

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Google Maps for iOS gains up-to-date gas prices, popular business hours

google-maps-lead

Google’s Maps app for iPhone and iPad got a small but useful update on the App Store today. The latest version of the Google Maps iOS app now includes a couple of handy features.

First up, and undoubtedly the most useful for drivers is the up-to-date gas prices in the US and Canada. The feature was included in the Android version of Google’s app a couple of months ago and lets users check nearby gas stations to see which has the most affordable prices. You can find prices simply be searching for ‘gas’ or ‘gas stations’ in the search field and Google Maps will automatically bring up the nearest options and list pricing for those locations.

gmaps-gas-prices google-maps-gas-lead google-maps-gas-2

Business hours have been included in the app for some time, but today’s update also lets you check when is best to avoid/visit particular businesses. Like its online search and maps tools, the updated iPhone app brings the ability check popular visiting hours for local stores and outlets. Now you can see what you always knew about any business or retail location: It starts getting busy after lunch.

verizon-google-maps-popular-times

Google Maps version 4.13.0 is available to download from the App Store for free and requires users to be running iOS 7.0 or later and is compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad.


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December 14th

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Apple Maps now 3x more popular than Google Maps among iOS users

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The original launch of Apple Maps was far from a rousing success. Though Apple may have initially been hoping to give Google a run for its money, the first iteration of Apple Maps was famously plagued by bugs and laughably inaccurate mapping directions. Compounding matters was that Apple Maps' feature set at the time didn't even include transit directions, thus relegating it to more of a curiosity or second-option than a legit contender to Google's throne.

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Yoni Heisler

December 10th

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Apple Maps now used 3x as often as Google Maps on iOS, serving 5B requests per week

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It’s no secret that when Apple Maps launched back in 2012 it had more than its fair share of issues. The issues included things like incorrect turn-by-turn directions, mislabeled landmarks, and much more. Three years later, however, Apple has been working to remedy the issues its had and according to a new report out of The Boston Globe, the improvements aren’t going unnoticed by users.

According to the report, Apple Maps is now used three times as often as its “next leading competitor” on iPhone and iPad, with more than 5 billion map-related requests ever week. The mysterious “next leading competitor” is obviously Google Maps, which for a significant amount of time following the launch of Apple Maps was the go-to service for iPhone and iPad users.

In the entire market, Google Maps still holds a lead. Google’s offering reportedly had twice as many users in October of this year as Apple Maps. This is due in large part to the fact that Google Maps is supported on both iOS and Android, while Apple Maps is obviously limited purely to the former of the two.

One the biggest reason for the growth in use of Apple Maps is the integration of the service into third-party apps. Going into Yelp for instance allows you to instantly find directions via Apple Maps, while the Starbucks app shows all surrounding stores and allows navigation via Apple Maps.

Of course, Google provided the mapping data for iPhones until 2012. It was then that Apple decided to ditch the company in favor of its own, custom-built solution. It was a risky move that hurt the company’s reputation at the beginning, but it has since done a lot to regain customer trust.  “We are fast learners and we are fast at fixing things,” said Apple marketing VP Greg Joswiak. “We learned the maps business incredibly fast.”

The growing trust of Apple Maps among iPhone users is important for the Cupertino company. It likely means that customers will turn to Apple’s first-party apps in other instances, as well, instead of going in search of third-party solutions, as was the case when Apple Maps launched in 2012.


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December 8th

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Real-Time Traffic Cameras Could Make Me Actually Use Bing Maps

Yes, Bing Maps does still exist, and thanks to a brand-new update, you might even have a reason to use it again.

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Chris Mills

November 24th

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Google Will Now Reward Local Guides For Contributing to Google Maps

Earlier this year, Google Maps added Local Guides , a feature that rewarded heavy contributors to Maps reviews and content with a nifty profile. Now, Local Guides will get real, better rewards.

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November 14th

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How to use the new offline navigation feature in Google Maps

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Google promised at its Google I/O developer event a few months ago that Google Maps would finally receive the offline navigation mode many users had been seeking for years, and the company is finally ready to roll it out on Android devices.

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Chris Smith

November 11th

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Google Finally Lets You Download Maps for Offline Navigation and Search

We’ve all been in that unfortunate situation when we’re lost with no reception, and our phone’s navigation features are neutered as a result. Now, Google is offering a dead simple solution. You can download snippets of the world for offline navigation and search.

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Adam Clark Estes

November 10th

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Google Maps is bringing offline navigation and downloadable data to iOS

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Google will soon be bringing a major new feature to its Maps app for iOS: full offline support. Google Maps has some utility already when used offline, but an upcoming update will make it much more robust when used without Internet access. For example, before you could see an area on Google Maps offline but not do much else with it. Coming soon, Google will enable features including navigation and business information lookup without requiring an active Internet connection.

Google Maps’ upcoming offline features work by allowing you to first download sections of the map for offline use ahead of time. Once you download an area over Wi-Fi, even features like search and viewing business hours and ratings will work without ever touching your cellular data.

Some features will still require an active Internet connection when using Google Maps, as you would expect, like receiving traffic alerts during your route. But all in the all, offline mode for navigation and search should be huge for loads of users whether you’re counting data under a capped plan or just have poor access to a cellular connection in low coverage areas.

Google Maps’ new offline mode feature is rolling out on Android today, the company says, and coming soon to iOS. Google also recently updated Maps to work with Apple Watch.


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November 10th

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