Google Maps for iOS updated with redesigned directions, more sharing options, and more

Google has updated its mapping app for iOS with a redesigned transit view that includes real-time information about your arrival time that previously debuted on Android. The new app also provides additional choices for alternate routes.

The update also gives you new options for sharing your maps with other users, specifically noting that Facebook and its separate Messenger app are both supported now. A gird view of photos has been added for locations, too.

You can download the free Google Maps app on the App Store for free.

What’s New in Version 4.8.0

• Redesigned and improved Transit directions improve the experience in cities, giving you more route choice and real-time arrival information where available
• Additional app options for sharing a place (including Facebook and Facebook Messenger)
• Introduced an Image Gallery for a quick visual understanding of a place through a grid view
• Bug fixes

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  1. Achilleas Georgiou - 8 years ago

    Google discriminates which countries can download Google Maps – it thinks that some countries don’t want ti use the app.

    Cyprus is a member of the European Union and should be treated as one.

    It needs to open the app to all countries,

  2. M_tt Sims (@Mercifull) - 8 years ago

    Are motorways in the UK blue yet? If not then sorry Goog’, sticking with Apple Maps (on iOS devices at least)

    • Walter Tizzano - 8 years ago

      I use Apple Maps, but motorways really should be green, like in most countries. Being different in everything is just childish; grow up!

      • Matt Sims - 8 years ago

        I don’t think it’s “childish” at all. A map is intended as a representation of reality, not a work of art (although you can argue there is some crossover a la Tube Maps).

        Roads aren’t actually painted blue or green or orangey yellow in Google Maps case, so the actual colour might seem somewhat of an arbitrary choice. But the way that roads are classified and used is not arbitrary, and there is a long-standing convention in map-making that the colours and iconography relate to those use in non-mapping documentation. In the UK motorways are blue, trunk roads are green, other A roads are red. Orange and yellow colours tend to be smaller roads with white used for local and unclassified roads. These are the colours used in OS maps, paper maps from companies like AA & Michelin, most satellite navigation systems, and most importantly, our signposts.

        Apple have the closest colour scheme in their maps applications that is most familiar to UK residents (with exception that they leave out the red and colour every A-road green). In this respect Apple Maps are superior, and familiarity on a map is key in helping you work out the right way to go.

        Google Maps is brilliant (it includes Junction numbers where Apple does not) but they lost focus with the uniform look redesign in 2013 and by doing so they have created a cartographical disparity between reality and their art.

  3. luckydcxx - 8 years ago

    I just want them to incorporate speed and red light camera warnings, like waze.

    • lefauxfrog - 8 years ago

      I suspect Waze can get away with that because they’re small compared to Google. If Google ever incorporated that data there would be a big outcry from law enforcement.

      • Nicholas Zahn - 8 years ago

        Most Leos I’ve spoken to don’t mind having speed/red light camera warnings in apps, as it accomplishes the goal of getting people to slow down in school/work zones, and take greater care at dangerous intersections.

        That being said, small towns do like their revenue.