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Google updates Map app for iPhone

This news story was published on March 7, 2013.
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MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., March 6 (UPI) — Google has announced the first significant update of its Google Maps for iPhone app, featuring faster local search and integration with Google Contacts.

Google debuted the stand-alone mapping app to work with Apple’s latest iOS 6 mobile operating system in December after Apple had dropped it from iOS 6 in favor of its own mapping app, which met with resistance from users who found it flawed and incomplete.

“Today, we’re releasing an update for Google Maps for iPhone with new search icons that make finding local places faster and easier, and with integration of your Google Contacts to make it simple to find your friends,” Salahuddin Choudhary, product manager for Google Maps, wrote in a post on the company blog.

“For faster local search, you can tap one of the new icons for restaurants, coffee shops, bars and other types of places to quickly see nearby haunts,” Choudhary wrote. “So if you’re in a rush and need a quick coffee, just tap the search box, then the coffee cup icon, to see the cafes closest to you.”

Integrating Maps with a user’s Google Contact list will make finding contacts faster during a search.

“Simply tap their name to see the address, which will be visible only to you, on the map,” he wrote.

The Google Maps app offers local search, voice-guided turn-by-turn navigation, public transit information, Street View and live traffic information, reported.

Copyright 2013 United Press International, Inc. (UPI).

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    bear Reply Report comment

    May 12, 2013 at 5:00 pm

    It’s still free to you and me!

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    Lacy Simensky Reply Report comment

    May 12, 2013 at 4:38 pm

    Google has decided that its users of their well-liked Google Maps service will begin becoming charged a fee for utilizing their service. Websites that are going embedding a Google Map of their location will be charged a fee for usage.This new Google Maps fee is going to hit mostly the bigger companies, particularly the Travel industry. I suspect that certain websites that are the heaviest users would be websites like TripAdvisor and Expedia.-`

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      May 12, 2013 at 5:41 pm

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