Google Maps 2.0 for iOS includes iPad support, live traffic and road incident reports (Update: offline map mode, too)

Google Maps 2.0 for iOS includes iPad support, live traffic and road incident reports (Update: offline map mode, too)

Summary: Google tonight released an update to Google Maps for iOS making it a universal app that now supports the iPad's native resolution. Finally.

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Google Maps updated with native iPad support, live traffic and road incident reports - Jason O'Grady

The new Google Maps for iOS (free, App Store) just landed and it has native iPad support for the first time. In additional to supporting the iPad's larger screen, the new version of Google Maps includes live traffic and road incident reports. The new version of Maps also offers indoor directions and maps for malls, airports, transit stations, and more.

According to MacRumors Google Maps 2.0 for iOS does not include on-the-fly rerouting (like it does on Android), but Google has said that it plans to add the feature in the future.

Here's the full changelog of the new features in v2.0:

  • New design for iPad

  • Enhanced navigation including live traffic updates and incident reports

  • Explore: A new way to browse and discover popular local places to eat, drink, shop, play and sleep

  • Simple 5-star ratings and reviews from friends, plus expert Zagat content 

  • Great deals from your favorite brands with Google Offers

  • Indoor maps with walking directions for malls, transit stations, airports and more

No word yet on whether the new traffic and incident report features are coming from Google's acquisition of Waze in June, but it's unlikley that Google could have integrated that functionality so quickly.

The update is being rolled out gradually over the next 24 hours, so if you don’t see it in the App Store yet, check back soon. I was able to download it immediately on my iPad mini and iPhone 5. 

UPDATE: gMaps iOS 2.0 also includes a hidden offline map mode. While the feature hasn't been fully implemented, a blog post by Google Maps Director Daniel Graf reveals how it works. Typing "ok maps" in the search box will save the visible map to your device. A definite nod to the new "ok" syntax in both Google Glass and the upcoming Moto X handset.

Our own Chris Duckett posted screenshots of offline maps in action.

Offline map mode in Google Maps 2.0 for iOS - Jason O'Grady

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Topics: Apple, Google, iOS, iPad

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  • ipad 1 non supported

    GOOGLE , like Apple, totally ignores all those original Ipad 1 users by programming all software for the newest hardware, forcing people to buy new stuff always... not loyal to old time customers.. not everyone can run out and update their hardware as easily as their software!
    use2play
    • Google is better than Apple on this kind of thing

      But do you really expect that the absolutely LATEST software be backward compatible to a 3 year old device that was discontinued 2 years ago? That's unrealistic for a number of reasons starting with the OS running on the iPad. If you want to blame anyone, it's still Apple, not Google. If Apple supported the first iPad with the latest iOS, the latest Google Maps would work on it.
      laequis
      • How?

        Apple may not support a 3 year old device but Google does not support devices a year old.
        athynz
    • That's the price

      of evolving technology. And there are other navigation apps that do work just fine with the older iOS devices and OS.
      athynz
  • ipad 1 non supported

    GOOGLE , like Apple, totally ignores all those original Ipad 1 users by programming all software for the newest hardware, forcing people to buy new stuff always... not loyal to old time customers.. not everyone can run out and update their hardware as easily as their software!
    use2play
  • Easter Egg

    I tried the Easter egg but it didn't work.
    Robt.
  • bbb

    This news reminded me of Apple map, showing the location of the airport in Ireland on a farm, you have to be more collaborative everything can not be a monopoly and gave Google a lesson.
    http://ipservice.com.co/detector-mentiras.php
    Andres Arcesio Torres Cano
  • No Street View?

    I'm not sure if it's just me but I could not find street view for Google Maps 2.0 on my iPad.
    Cl Reply