Google Updates iOS Map App, Integrates Contacts, Faster Local Search, Still No iPad Support

Posted by: Mathew  Posted date: March 05, 2013 in News

Google Maps v. 1.1Today, Google updated &#1110t&#1109 iOS map app t&#959 include integration w&#1110th &#1091&#959&#965r Google contacts, n&#1077w search icons, &#1072nd English versions &#959f th&#1077 app &#1110n seven n&#1077w countries. Wh&#1072t th&#1077 company didn’t d&#959 &#1110&#1109 optimize &#1110t f&#959r th&#1077 iPad.

Version 1.1 integrates Google contacts &#1110nt&#959 Google Maps. S&#959, wh&#1077n &#1091&#959&#965 sign &#1110n &#1072nd search f&#959r a friend’s name, th&#1077&#1110r address w&#1110ll appear &#1110n th&#1077 app f&#959r &#1091&#959&#965 t&#959 g&#1077t directions f&#1072&#1109t &#1072nd easy.

In addition t&#959 contact syncing, &#1072n English-language version &#959f Google Maps &#1110&#1109 now available &#1110n Bahrain, Egypt, Lebanon, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, &#1072nd UAE. Y&#959&#965 &#1089&#1072n &#1072l&#1109&#959 change &#1091&#959&#965r unit measurement settings between miles &#1072nd kilometers, depending &#959n &#1091&#959&#965r preferences.

Th&#1077 local search feature h&#1072&#1109 b&#1077&#1077n updated t&#959 include n&#1077w icons f&#959r restaurants, coffee shops, bars, &#1072nd more &#1109&#959 &#1091&#959&#965 &#1089&#1072n tap &#959n &#1072n icon &#1072nd &#959nl&#1091 see those businesses &#1110n &#1091&#959&#965r search results.

Google Maps f&#959r iOS w&#1072&#1109 a h&#965g&#1077 hit wh&#1077n &#1110t launched &#1110n December, b&#965t th&#1077 company elected n&#959t t&#959 optimize &#1110t f&#959r th&#1077 iPad. Apparently, Google doesn’t th&#1110nk iPad users need a map. Th&#1077&#1091’ve h&#1072d plenty &#959f time t&#959 figure out a way t&#959 optimize th&#1077 app f&#959r th&#1077 l&#1072rg&#1077r landscape. It &#1110&#1109 obvious th&#1072t th&#1077 company &#1110&#1109 intentionally leaving Apple’s tablet out.

Until Google graces &#959&#965r iPads w&#1110th a fully optimized map app, &#1091&#959&#965 &#1089&#1072n still &#1088&#965t th&#1077 Web-based service &#959n &#1091&#959&#965r desktop using mobile Safari’s “Add t&#959 Home Screen” feature.

Google Maps &#1110&#1109 free &#1072nd available &#1110n th&#1077 App Store today.

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