Google Maps for Android and iOS gets tons of new features

Google Maps for Android and iOS gets tons of new featuresA wise man (or perhaps lady) once said: “If you’re not moving forward, you’re moving backwards.”

With that in mind, Team Mountain View continues to roll out updates for its popular Google Maps app, with the latest release introducing a ton of new features for both Android and iOS users.

The Google Maps update is detailed in full over on the Google Maps Lat Long blog (where else?), with the headline: “Get on the road, go off the grid, or plan the perfect weekend with the Google Maps app”.

Rather than regurgitate what Google says in its entirety, I’ll opt for bullet point highlights. Ready?

  • Google Maps now tells you which lane to drive in, which would’ve come in handy for my recent journey from New Orleans to Houston, hmm
  • Simpler options for saving offline maps
  • Filters for venues including restaurants, bars and hotels (rating, price, opening hours…)
  • Integration with the Uber taxi app
  • More information for public transport, including train times
  • Save places (maybe a park you’ve visited – or wanted to visit) across all signed-in devices
  • Explore tourist destinations in Street View, including the inside of some hotels and restaurants

Needless to say, the above features are largely provided on a “where available” basis.

Update your Google Maps app now at the App Store and/or Google Play.

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CTPAHHIK  May. 7, 2014 at 16:43

Always nice to see updates.
Keep in mind that Google Maps navigation for driving and public transport is unreliable and should not be used for anything time sensitive. It's more like a beta version and should be used for general guidance only.

stufq  May. 7, 2014 at 19:21

Always nice to see updates.
Keep in mind that Google Maps navigation for driving and public transport is unreliable and should not be used for anything time sensitive. It's more like a beta version and should be used for general guidance only.


Sorry but have to disagree, I use it almost every day and compere to other pay option, is faster, better traffic integration ... and is for free !

satchef1  May. 7, 2014 at 20:11

I find it horrific. It regularly gives me incomprehensible instructions, like 'turn on to [insert road name here]' on a major road, where all signs use the road number. Helpful. Very helpful. I definitely miss Nokia Drive.

CTPAHHIK  May. 8, 2014 at 09:03

I have similar problems as satchef1. I get wrong exits, wrong turns, wrong directions for merging. I can only use Google Maps for guidance to get a general idea of how to get somewhere, because their traffic reports are quite accurate. Once I'm on the road I set it to silent and follow road signs ignoring anything Google says.

Public transport directions have similar problems. It gives you an idea of which route to take, but departure and arrival times are wrong and any disruptions are not taken into account.

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