Test driving Google Maps 3.0.0

Test driving Google Maps 3.0.0

Summary: Google has released a major update to its popular mapping app for iOS with lane guidance, travel time, distance, ETA and Uber integration.

TOPICS: Apple, Google, iOS, iPhone, iPad
Test driving Google Maps 3.0.0 for iOS - Jason O'Grady

Google Maps 3.0.0 is out for iOS (free, App Store) and includes a bevy of cool, new features including lane guidance, travel time, distance, ETA and more offline maps nicities. You can even open Uber – if you have it installed – right from Google Maps when comparing route options.

New features include:

  • Turn-by-turn navigation now gives lane guidance and quick access to route overview
  • View travel time, distance, and estimated arrival all at once in navigation mode
  • Save offline maps to a custom list for when you're traveling or have a slow connection
  • Transit results now display total walking time of your trip and the next scheduled bus or train
  • Filter search results for restaurants, bars and hotels by rating, price, opening hours, and more
  • Sign in to see your “Places to review” list from recently saved or searched-for places
  • If you have the Uber app installed, open it right from Google Maps when comparing route options
  • Access your iPhone or iPad contacts directly from the Google Maps app
  • Tap and hold anywhere on the map to drop a pin, save and share that location
  • Search without typing using Google Voice Search
  • Scale bar to estimate distances on the map

Topics: Apple, Google, iOS, iPhone, iPad

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  • So where's the test drive?

    Isn't there supposed to be some kind of results of the test drive? All I see are specs. Are there any thoughts or opinions on it?
    Larry Huisingh
  • Waypoints

    When they add these, Bye bye Standalone GPS!
    • I think we are 2-3 years from that... but eventually

      My phone still isn't quite up to doing what the GPS can do, and Google maps isn't quite there yet. There are many rural places my phone won't navigate because it can't get a signal, but my GPS works just fine.
      The standalone GPS is still better at what it does, and it gets a better location fix than my phone. The hardware in a phone is now better than the standalone GPS, and the mapping software is catching up.
      • Try Waze

        I started using Waze last year and my poor old TomTom hasn't been turned on since. The tide is turned! https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.waze