Google Maps app for iOS gets its first update

5 March, 2013 - Paul Dixon
Google Maps iOS app

Google has today released the first update for its standalone Google Maps app for the iPhone and iPod touch. The update, which takes the version of the app to 1.1, introduces a number of improvements, including new icons for faster local business searching, and integration with Google contacts.

Release notes:

What’s New in Version 1.1

  • 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.

Google released Google Maps for iOS back in December, after Apple launched its own maps service with iOS 6. Prior to the launch of iOS 6, all Apple devices shipped with a maps app powered by Google’s data.

Google Maps for iOS is free to download from the App Store.

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