Google Maps receives update for iOS: you can finally look for stops along your route

For a while now, Google's Maps had a neat feature on Android, where you can look for stops near your location (restaurants, gas stations, etc.) without leaving your current turn-by-turn navigation session. All you need to do is tap the little search button on the top-right of the screen, then pick what kind of stop you are looking for from the menu that pops up. Maps will then scan your nearby area as well as locations that are along your route and offer you a number of choices.

Today, the Maps app for iOS has finally received an update, which gives it the very same functionality. It's a very convenient way of setting stops without too much hassle. So, tap the little magnifying glass icon and either choose one of the pre-set search queries or tap on the microphone and ask Google for the specific thing you are looking for. Tap on the place you want to visit along the way and press the “Add stop” button that pops up. Now, your route will include the new location.

There's also a new widget for iPhone and iPad users. Called “Nearby traffic”, the widget does pretty much what you can assume from the name — it follows and updates you on traffic conditions in your area. That way, you can know whether you need to worry about jams and plan trip times just by glancing over at the widget screen.

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