Following a redesign of its Android app, Google has released a new update for the Google Maps iOS app. In addition to the usual directions that the app already offers, the latest update also brings about live traffic updates and incident reports to help users find their way in real time and avoid traffic.
Google Maps 2.0 also brings about a new design for the iPad with an updated look and feel. Beyond serving as a map tool, the new design turns the Google app into a services search tool that seems more like Yelp. The app encourages users to search for places to eat ,drink, shop, play and eat from within the map. A search for “sleep” will bring up hotels in the area which are plotted on the map with directions. Users can pull up Google & Zagat reviews of the hotel, along with links to the hotel’s website. The app also ties in Google Offers, giving a full Google experience to the map search.
In addition to driving, walking and transit directions, users can now access indoor maps with walking directions within malls, transit stations, and airports.