Google Maps Revamp Hits Android; iOS ‘Coming Soon’

Google Maps Revamp Hits Android; iOS Version ‘Coming Soon’(Ping! Zine Web Tech Magazine) – Google on Wednesday unveiled a considerable revamp for its Maps app, building off a previous update made available in December for iOS.

The company says the new version is “gradually rolling out” via the Google Play store. A release for the iPhone and iPad is coming soon.

New to the app is a feature simply titled “explore,” something that allows users to tap the search box to view cards pertinent to things like restaurants and retail locations.

Google has also worked to enhance navigation on the app. “You can now see reports of problems on the road that you can tap to see incident details. While on the road, Google Maps will also alert you if a better route becomes available and reroute you to your destination faster,” explained the company via its blog.

Meanwhile, the search giant has also delivered new optimization for Android-based tablet devices along with a new 5.0 star rating system with Zagat – something that allows you to better see how your friends have rated places.

Google originally announced Maps as a web app back in 2005. View a video below: