Update to Google Maps for iOS announces real-time traffic conditions over your iPhone

Update to Google Maps for iOS announces real-time traffic conditions over your iPhone
Thanks to a new update to Google Maps for iOS, users will be able to hear real-time traffic alerts from their iPhone. This way, the driver can be kept up-to-date about conditions on the route he or she is taking, without having to look down at the phone. The feature turns on automatically once the user starts navigating with the app, using turn-by-turn directions.

Before you start driving on the route you've selected, the app will give you a spoken summary of the traffic you should expect to run into as you motor along toward your destination. Congestion and traffic incidents will be announced. By the way, the new update also allows you to "easily add new and missing businesses from the sidebar."

There was a time when Google Maps was installed on iOS out of the box. But with iOS 6, Apple replaced Google Maps with Apple Maps. The latter was half-baked when launched, with a multitude of errors (including at least one that could have been fatal). The repercussions traveled all the way to the executive suite where iOS chief Scott Forstall was eventually sacrificed to appease the Gods.

While Apple Maps has improved, there are plenty of iOS'ers who would rather put their navigational trust in Google. For them, Google Maps is a free download from the App Store.

source: GoogleMaps (iOS|Android) via BGR

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7 Comments

1. MaryPoopins

Posts: 324; Member since: Jan 15, 2015

That's the old Google Maps image. You guys need a new one. :P (unless it's different on iOS in which case, carry on)

2. darkkjedii

Posts: 31039; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Looks just like that on my Note 5.

4. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

You sure it's updated? Google released their new logo in last month's update.

7. darkkjedii

Posts: 31039; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Then I need to check for an update.

3. jeroome86

Posts: 2314; Member since: Apr 12, 2012

Think I will have to test Apple maps and see which one to use. I did like Google maps on my Note 3.

5. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Google Maps is better. I refuse to Apple Maps at all. My friend relies on it even after taken to the wrong place... four times in a row. I use Google Maps/Nokia Here Maps all the time.

6. Hexa-core

Posts: 2131; Member since: Aug 11, 2015

Google maps is way better than iMap

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