Google has just released a major update for its Maps app for iOS, which includes features such as integration with Google Contacts and faster local search.
Here’s what’s new in Google Maps 1.1. according to the release notes:
- Search your Google Contacts; sign in to have your saved addresses show up when you search for friends and family by name.
- Quickly search for local places by selecting popular categories such as restaurants, bars, cafes, gas stations, etc.
- Choose between Kilometers or Miles for your preferred distance units.
- Note that some features may not be available in all countries.
You can download the update for free via the Updates tab in the App Store app or clicking on the download link below.
The good news is that Google Maps doesn’t crashing after installing the update, in case you were worried about it after yesterday’s Google Chrome update.
In a blog post, Google has also announced the launch of the app in seven new countries: Bahrain, Egypt, Lebanon, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and UAE.
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. 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.
Your Google Contacts are now integrated into Google Maps for iPhone – meaning that when you’re signed-in and search for a friend’s name, their address will appear as a suggestion (if you have their address saved). Simply tap their name to see the address, which will visible only to you, on the map.
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