Google Maps for iOS Gains Uber Integration, Lane Guidance, Improved Offline Maps [iOS Blog]

Google is updating its Google Maps app today, boosting the app’s turn-by-turn direction capabilities. Google Maps will now show drivers which lane to use through its new lane guidance feature and it’s also easier to access alternate routes while navigating.

While Google Maps has always supported the storage of maps for use offline, there’s now a specific “save maps to use offline” option within the app, making it easier to keep track of saved routes. The app has gained new filters to let users browse restaurant and venue selections based on hours, ratings, price, and more, and specific points of interest can be saved to the app.

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Don’t worry if you’re not online. Before setting off on your next vacation, hike, or roadtrip, search for an area and tap on its place info sheet, then when available, you can select “Save map to use offline,” and give your map a custom name, like “Toronto Vacation.” To find your offline maps, sign-in, tap the profile icon next to the search box in the top right corner, and scroll to see “Toronto Vacation” and other saved maps.

In select cities, Google Maps will integrate with Uber, letting users compare an Uber ride option with transit and walking directions to determine the faster travel option. Google’s newest update is rolling out to users today and should be available on the iPhone and the iPad shortly.

Google Maps can be downloaded for free from the App Store. [Direct Link]



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