We won't delve into the various issues revolving around Apple's Maps supplied with iOS 6, but it's safe to say a number of people wish Apple had kept the Google Maps app instead. Luckily Google has released a dedicated Maps app, which just goes to prove that even a relatively simple sounding map tool can be so much more, as it packs navigation, traffic information, 3D views and Street View into one essential tool.
Many mobile users will use maps to determine where they currently are and how to get from A to B. even if you don’t have a GPS enabled device, Google Maps can use nearby wifi access points to work out where you are and then provide you with turn by turn navigation to the destination of your choice. With the option to search for places and businesses, you can easily track down restaurants, landmarks and more, and discover how to get there.
If you don’t need turn by turn navigation you can opt to simply generate directions and the new Compass Mode can prove useful to help you to work out which way you are facing and which way you need to head. Support for Google Latitude makes it possible to find out where you are in relation to your friends and layers can be used to view maps in different ways, adding useful information such as traffic and more.
Three-dimensional maps provide a great way to get our bearing and find out what’s nearby while the ever-useful Street View options make it easier than ever to work out where you are and recognise where you need to be heading. Offline caching means that mapping is available even when you don’t have an internet connection.
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Commuting is hard, but Google Maps is here to help. See live traffic, delays, and disruptions no matter how you get to work - whether you drive, take transit, or a combination of both. If you’re driving, you can even link Spotify or Apple Music to control your music right from navigation mode.
When you’re not working, use Google Maps’ new group planning feature to plan your next activity. Create a shortlist of places and share with friends who can easily vote on where to go - so you can stop sending those endless group texts that open in multiple apps that never end in a decision.