Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Improved Google Maps for iOS

Google Maps for iOS now has four new features. As explained by cnet:
1. Faster, easier directions
For an app that's all about navigation, Google Maps has always been a little awkward when it comes to actually getting directions.
Tap the microphone icon and tell Google Maps where you want to go.Screenshot by Rick Broida/CNET
Now, you can simply tap the microphone icon, then say "directions to [wherever you're going]" and the app will quickly serve up a route. So, for instance, if you just want to get home fast, say "directions to home."
To save yet another step, you can also specify where you're coming from. For example: "Directions to Navy Pier from the Fine Arts Building in Chicago."
2. Full-screen view
Maps now lets you hide its toolbars for a full-screen map view. This may not sound like a big deal, but it's always nice to get a little extra viewing area -- especially if you're still using an older iPhone with a smaller screen.
To enable full-screen view, tap any "empty" spot on the map. To restore the tools, just tap again.
3. Public-transit line colors
If you use trains, buses and other forms of mass transit to get around town, you'll appreciate this: Google Maps now shows transit-line colors, thus making it just a little easier to identify which train or bus you're supposed to get on.
Screenshot by Rick Broida/CNET
There's nothing special you need to do; the line colors will simply appear now when you get transit directions.
4. Zagat-enhanced restaurant searches

Looking for a place to eat? If you're searching in a major metropolitan area, Google Maps can now filter the results to show Zagat-rated restaurants.

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