Did you MapQuest It? New iOS 7 and Android update shows MapQuest is serious about mobile

Did you MapQuest It? New iOS 7 and Android update shows MapQuest is serious about mobile

Summary: MapQuest is reportedly the third most popular mobile navigation application and number two on the desktop. Their new iOS 7 and Android application update offers a compelling navigation experience.

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Did you MapQuest It? New iOS 7 and Android update shows MapQuest is serious about mobile
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In the past, people used to always ask, "Did you MapQuest it?" MapQuest was the standard for desktop mapping and directions and my wife still occasionally asked me that same question.

With today's iOS 7 (iTunes link) and Android (Google Play Store link) releases, MapQuest shows they are still serious about mobile, despite all the focus on Apple Maps and Google Maps.

TechCrunch reports that MapQuest still has the third place position for mobile mapping and second position on the desktop.

MapQuest stated that their product and engineering teams went back to the drawing board for these latest updates and designed it from the ground up. I installed the new MapQuest on my iPhone 5s and so far it looks great and now I have to test it out on the road.

According to the MapQuest blog, the new features include:

  • High-resolution vector maps: Our beautifully designed maps offer improved quality and resolution, enhanced zoom features and beautiful new cartography.

  • New interactive map layers and customizable category buttons: These features make finding nearby business and popular locations quick and easy.

  • An industry first ETA status bar: This status bar informs users of time and distance to their destination, as well as anticipated in-route traffic.

  • Advanced navigation features: These include voice-guided, turn-by-turn navigation and real-time traffic re-routing.

  • One-click point of interest and location sharing: Send your location or destination out via social media, SMS or email.

I immediately noticed the ETA status bar at the top of the new MapQuest that shows MapQuest It! in grayed out letters where you can simply enter in a destination for quick navigation.

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  • Offline Maps?

    Does the Mapquest app allow offline viewing and/or navigation? Until they do, they won't move over the big two.
    vermonter
    • Offline works for loaded maps

      As I understand it, if you load up a map for a navigation session then that data is cached on your device so if you lose the signal the map data (without live traffic info) is still there for you to use offline. I am pretty sure this is the way that Google Maps works as well.
      palmsolo (aka Matthew Miller)
  • Mapquest

    is my go to mapping service when on a computer but I use google on my phone. I will try the new app.
    2low_tech
  • Google Maps have lost it!

    I finally had to uninstall my Google Maps updates from my Samsung Galaxy SII phone (Android 4.1.2). The last several updates were SO bug-riddled that it was worthless. Constant crashing, unable to lock GPS, showing my position 1/2 mile away from actual, etc. It seems they junked it all up in trying to push more ads onto us. My wife's Samsung phone (Android 4.0.4) has been the same way. It went from really good, with need for some minor adjustments, to absolutely unacceptable.

    I'm definitely going to install MapQuest and see how it works for me. Thanks, ZDNet.
    [I am not in any way remunerated for this post.]
    bmgoodman
    • Not sure what's with your phone...

      I'm on a relatively slow device (Galaxy S generation) with a 4.3 ROM, and I have absolutely no problems with Google maps, other than the standard stuff like not being able to get navigation offline. Your problem sounds like a device issue to me.
      trainman261-2
  • What is this MapQuest you speak of?

    Wasn't that a part of Netscape Navigator?
    Gr8Music
  • mapquest

    The last I knew it had been bought by AOL.
    dhays
  • Mapquest - Nothing New

    The TomTom App has had these "new" items for years, admittedly better but not "firsts" by any means.
    tkilleen@...