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Google Maps gets a major update with better navigation, Uber support, and more

Google Maps gets a major update with better navigation, Uber support, and more
The last time Google Maps got a major update was last summer, after the big UI redesign was premiered at Google I/O. This year, Google doesn't even want to wait for its developer conference to push out the next major version of Maps for Android (v8) and iOS (v3). There are a ton of changes to the app, and the update is being pushed out now.

Obviously, the top of the list are improvements to navigation and mapping itself. Google Maps will make it much easier to find your way around by adding lane navigation, so you'll know which lane is best in order to make your next turn. Google has also made it easier to access alternate routes, just in case you hit traffic or other trouble on the road. In terms of mapping, Google has added more options for offline maps. You can still save maps for offline use, but you can also save those maps under custom names, which would make it easier to plan and organize trips into the offline zones. Finding places has also gotten improvements with new options to filter results lists by opening hours, rating, price, and more. 

Once you know where you're going, Google has made improvements on how to get there if you're not a car person. If you have the Uber app installed, you can choose Uber as your travel method to see how long it would take via an Uber car as compared to public transport, and if you like what Uber has to offer, one tap will launch you straight into the Uber app. If you choose public transport, Google has added new options to make it easier to find a train at a specific time, or even find out what the last train time would be. 

This is a big update with a lot of improvements. The update is rolling out to Android, and is available for iPhone and iPad now.


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posted on 06 May 2014, 13:15

1. mmmanuuu (Posts: 208; Member since: 05 Nov 2013)


Why doesn't phonearena compares google maps with the maps in ios? Is it because of the fear of losing to google?

posted on 06 May 2014, 13:25 16

2. SamDroid (Posts: 137; Member since: 14 Dec 2013)


Maybe because Google Maps is not just an app, its a service and isn't restricted just to one plarform, its universal so you can say that its actually better than Apple's Maps...There is no point comparing them :)

posted on 06 May 2014, 13:31 2

3. wilsong17 (Posts: 828; Member since: 10 Mar 2013)


Agree with you sir Google maps run on almost every smartphones. ... apple map iphone only so why compare

posted on 06 May 2014, 13:38 2

4. Ninetysix (Posts: 1481; Member since: 08 Oct 2012)


You do know that Google maps is available on both platforms right?

edit: Left phone is an iPhone if you're not able to tell.

posted on 06 May 2014, 16:13

9. Sauce (unregistered)


Ive gotten lost due to Google failing more than I have Apple and DEFINITELY more than Waze.

posted on 06 May 2014, 16:45 9

11. sprockkets (Posts: 1155; Member since: 16 Jan 2012)


Yes, and you are the person who posted that you took pictures with his front facing camera on your iphone3GS the other day.

Weak sauce.

posted on 06 May 2014, 17:02

12. Sauce (unregistered)


Go look it up. It has been done many times, silly moose.

posted on 07 May 2014, 02:48

16. thebest (Posts: 231; Member since: 08 Jul 2012)


they can also compare it with nokia maps.....but this article is about the new update, it doesn't have anything to do with the other apps.
and it would be useless to compare apple maps and google maps because apple devices have both apple maps and google maps.
ios may be apple's os but google supports it as if it were google's os..every google service is made for both ios and android.

posted on 06 May 2014, 14:01 1

5. b0wzer (Posts: 38; Member since: 07 Feb 2014)


I wonder how does this compare with Nokia Here?

posted on 06 May 2014, 14:36 8

6. tech2 (Posts: 1911; Member since: 26 Oct 2012)


Personally, I've found Gmaps to be much much better then Here.

1. Of several times I've tried getting directions on public transport Gmaps has consistently given me shorter and faster routes with least changes than Here.

2. Also, even in the city like London Here maps doesn't cover the entire city with street view which is pretty bad and would only be worst in rest of the places.

3. Google has recently acquired Waze and integrated it into G Maps. Waze is probably the best app when it comes to giving accurate traffic updates. And since G Maps is used significantly more then Here the traffic updates of G maps itself are pretty accurate.

4. G maps is also better integrated when showing local businesses and reviews unlike Here.

posted on 06 May 2014, 14:42 6

7. tech2 (Posts: 1911; Member since: 26 Oct 2012)


5. Even TechRadar rated G Maps above Here and Apple Maps as it the most accurate amongst all 3:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LjdtrJmEH_Q

posted on 06 May 2014, 15:31 2

8. b0wzer (Posts: 38; Member since: 07 Feb 2014)


+1 Thanks for the info!

posted on 06 May 2014, 16:14

10. bestmvno (Posts: 125; Member since: 07 Mar 2014)


I'm expecting google maps to continue to improve and allow more downloading of offline maps, particularly since Here maps is allegedly in development for iOS and Android.

posted on 06 May 2014, 17:54

13. Sauce (unregistered)


Hopefully they will in a more swift manner.

It only took them 7 years to add scaling :)

posted on 06 May 2014, 21:08

14. DontHateOnS60 (Posts: 847; Member since: 20 Apr 2009)


And someone FINALLY added lane assist...

posted on 07 May 2014, 00:22 2

15. gomulkaaa (Posts: 22; Member since: 02 Sep 2011)


Anyone else NOT seeing this 8.0 update as available? Play store lists my version 7.7 app as up-to-date.

posted on 07 May 2014, 06:44

17. techspace (Posts: 600; Member since: 03 Sep 2012)


The bad thing about Google is that they don't release the updates to everyone at the same time.....its not new.

posted on 07 May 2014, 08:58

18. bestmvno (Posts: 125; Member since: 07 Mar 2014)


Nothing bad about it. What do you think a spike of a billion users downloading does to servers?

posted on 07 May 2014, 09:15

19. techspace (Posts: 600; Member since: 03 Sep 2012)


It would still be less than the traffic handled by YouTube.... All the apple users got the maps update straight away so.....

posted on 07 May 2014, 10:18

20. bestmvno (Posts: 125; Member since: 07 Mar 2014)


The iOS user base pales in comparison to Android. YouTube is a completely different market

posted on 07 May 2014, 14:48

21. techspace (Posts: 600; Member since: 03 Sep 2012)


The nexus 5 user base pales in comparison to the other android phones but we don't receive updates at the same time

posted on 07 May 2014, 14:55

22. techspace (Posts: 600; Member since: 03 Sep 2012)


I am a nexus 5 user and we never get the system updates at the same time...

posted on 07 May 2014, 16:20

23. bestmvno (Posts: 125; Member since: 07 Mar 2014)


Why would you? I suppose the other more likely reason for staged rollouts is so if there's an unknown bug identified they can pull the app before it causes a problem for everyone.

posted on 08 May 2014, 00:08

25. thebest (Posts: 231; Member since: 08 Jul 2012)


they do enough testing before releasing the updates....there are people at google who get the update before its released to the public to avoid such problems.
if you aren't worried about it, good for you, but it is really annoying, i have seen many people complaining about it.
my old apple device got the update before my nexus 5.

posted on 08 May 2014, 02:56

26. techspace (Posts: 600; Member since: 03 Sep 2012)


yes, exactly.

posted on 08 May 2014, 07:21

27. bestmvno (Posts: 125; Member since: 07 Mar 2014)


Of course there's in house testing. There's always in house testing. That still doesn't account for what happens when software hits the real world. If it was as simple as you describe you'd never see the words "bug fixes" included as part of an update.

posted on 08 May 2014, 13:38

28. techspace (Posts: 600; Member since: 03 Sep 2012)


But that's one thing that is bad about Google...if apple can release the apps at the same time to everyone Google can do it as well.....yes, there are bugs in every software program but even when you give a one star to an app on the play store, the same update still gets released to the others after a day or so...you are only assuming things, you don't work at Google.... I'm looking at the end result....delay in the updates...I hope that it will change.

posted on 08 May 2014, 14:44

29. bestmvno (Posts: 125; Member since: 07 Mar 2014)


"you are only assuming things, you don't work at Google"

I think you should do some research. Google also allows developers to do staged roll outs to check for bugs as well. Other manufacturers and carriers do this too. Yes, if Apple does it everyone must be able to too, because you know, iOS is on hundreds of different devices.

posted on 09 May 2014, 00:30

30. techspace (Posts: 600; Member since: 03 Sep 2012)


and that,my friend annoys me and many others....you started off saying that it could be due to traffic problems, now you say it has something to do with bugs, then you would say something else.
....all i want to see is a worldwide release of the updates at the same time.
....if you are happy receiving updates slowly, good for you....the others aren't.
...and if it really has something to do with bugs, then google should provide an option to the users to select whether they would like to receive the updates first or whether they would like to get the updates after some delay so that the bugs could be addressed before they update their device....if you can't treat everybody equally and if you have two options, let the people choose what they want.

posted on 09 May 2014, 07:28

31. bestmvno (Posts: 125; Member since: 07 Mar 2014)


"and that,my friend annoys me and many others....you started off saying that it could be due to traffic problems, now you say it has something to do with bugs, then you would say something else? "

Lol. Oh really? Then I would say something else? I've said two things and two things only. Server strain and more likely for bug checking. I think you should take some time to study app development and deployment and maybe you'd have just a tiny bit of understanding.

posted on 09 May 2014, 08:27

32. techspace (Posts: 600; Member since: 03 Sep 2012)


And I have already told you what I want them to do....let a customer decide.....I have said that you would tell something else because initially you started off saying that if was due to traffic problems and then you changed the argument..... I said that you would say something else because they are many problems apart from those two that the developer has to face.... And let me end saying that what is bad about Google is that they don't release the apps to everyone at the same time and if it had something to do with bugs , I have also given you a possible solution to that.... You are looking the things as they are, I am talking about what they should do about it, not because I don't understand....the developers are happy when apple releases the apps at the same time, even developers at Google won't mind it.

posted on 09 May 2014, 08:37

33. techspace (Posts: 600; Member since: 03 Sep 2012)


Those 'two things' are common to every developer of every platform...so if one company can release the updates at the same time to all, the others can do it as well....atleast they should let us decide who gets it first....because if it has something to do with bugs, then its very unfair to test the update on some phones and save the others from it....instead, they should let us decide if we want quicker updates or if we want to wait and watch.

posted on 09 May 2014, 09:28

34. bestmvno (Posts: 125; Member since: 07 Mar 2014)


You still don't understand the problem. You cannot just let users decide who gets it first. There is no control and way to predict the amount of people getting the updates and you potentially have more people with serious problems than there needs to be. I have news for you, Microsoft, Symantec, I.T. departments, and many other software companies implement staged rollouts too, as do the carriers when pushing updates to your phone.

posted on 09 May 2014, 10:42

35. techspace (Posts: 600; Member since: 03 Sep 2012)


Apple is doing it in the app store( and they never had problems with it)...I want Google to do it as well....instead of looking at companies that are doing it similarly, its better to look at companies that are doing it better....slow rollout of the updates remains one bad thing about Google.
And yes, you can let the users decide....it should be placed as an option in the play store.

posted on 09 May 2014, 10:45

36. techspace (Posts: 600; Member since: 03 Sep 2012)


And reading about the problem somewhere and telling it to the others over here isn't ' understanding the problem'.....a person who provides a possible solution is the one who actually understands the problem.

posted on 07 May 2014, 19:36

24. Scott93274 (Posts: 675; Member since: 06 Aug 2013)


Sweet, I just looked at my phone and found that it had just updated the Maps app, I can't wait to get lost so I can try this out... hmm... it might be a while.

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