Following on from a few hints, it was no shock to see a Google Maps app update for the iPad and other iOS devices. Google Maps version 2.0 comes with several new features, one of which is now added support for the iPad and iPad mini, as it was only smaller iOS devices that were supported before.
The new Google navigation iPad app has been a long time coming, and now is very similar to the one that Android tablet users have been enjoying, although they also have an updated version of the app as well. We love the idea that the iPad now has improved navigation, which also comes with live traffic updates.
The Google Maps iPad app features are all new of course, but some of the improvements that the iPhone will benefit from include a new Explore function, which will give you the facility to browse popular places, including places to eat and shop.
Google Maps for iPad and iPhone will also come with another new feature that will map malls, airports, and transit stations. The new update was only available to iOS users in Asia, but now the US. can download the Google Maps navigation update, although we are also hearing that those of you in the UK have been successful in downloading version 2.0.
Some of the reviews have not been too positive towards this update, and feel that each time they update, the app just gets worse. There seems to be a few users who are upset that Google Maps does not offer an offline feature, allowing you to view saved maps while not being connected. Another needed feature is 45 degree HD satellite imagery, but we’re not certain if this is just the will of a select few, or a much needed feature by most of you?
Are you happy with the new Google Maps for iPad, and the new features that come with it for the iPhone?
Full details on the new version can be found on iTunes.