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Google Maps, originally designed for Android smartphones and tablets has now stretched its reach to support iOS handsets and tablets running on iOS 6. Though the app models its big brother, the Android version, it has a crisper experience and additional exploratory features that make it easy to find and explore locations and destinations.
Explore Your Neighborhood
Apart from effectively utilizing the bigger real estate offered by the tablet screens, the new app version features more options that focus on making your local green grocer or any other location your frequently visit easier to find. In addition to this Explore feature, iOS users will also get improved navigation with live traffic updates, simple 5-star rating system, access to expert Zagat content and detailed indoor maps with detailed in-mall, transit station, and big building walking directions.
For those who will not be connected to the internet 24/7 you can find solace in the hidden offline maps feature that lets you save maps for offline reference. To save an open map, users will have to type “ok maps” in the search button. Even though the feature is still in its trial phases, it will give many an experience closer to what the highly ambitious Google Glass is expected to offer once it goes live.
A Dedicated App for Tablets
Building on the Google Maps for the iPhone released last December, the new Android tablets and iPad app makes exploring the world on the larger canvas a smooth and fun experience. A 5.0 star rating system is only a tap away to reveal what others are saying about restaurants, bars, and cafes.
The new Google Maps 2.0 for iPads will not have Latitude and check-ins which allow you to see your friends and family on a map. In their place are new features, location sharing and check-ins to Google+ .
To access offline maps, simply enter “OK Maps” into the search box.
With this app, iOS users especially iPad owners can now bid goodbye to stretched-out text and maps and embrace the brighter and faster experience the app delivers. With the app optimized to make user experience almost as flawless as it is the case for Android users, all the upgrades, regardless of how fast they deploy will definitely make the experience of using Google Maps on iPads easier, faster, and fun. And of course, they no longer need to resort back to Apple Maps.