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Google Introduces Revamped Maps Experience for Android and iOS

by Brandon Russell | May 15, 2013May 15, 2013 11:28 am PST

Google on Wednesday detailed the future of its Maps service for mobile, which is coming to both Android and iOS . After going through typical figures—200 countries on Maps, 50 countries in Street View, 1 million websites using Maps, etc.—and demonstrating how dense its mapping data is, Google showed off a completely revamped design, and a service that’s smarter than ever.

Both versions—iOS and Android—will look identical with the new UI, which Google said is much easier to navigate through. When you search for a pizza joint, you’ll see little badges throughout your city, which you can scroll through and see reviews from experts and friends in your circles. There’s also an integrated offer service that shows up when you click on a shop or restaurant you want to visit. Google said it has many launch partners beyond Starbucks, with many more on the way.

Next up was directions and navigation, adding live coverage of incidents from all around the world. When you’re on your way to a destination, Maps will now dynamically re-route your directions so you don’t run into traffic. It knows when things happen before you’re sitting behind hundreds of cars in stop-and-go.

Google said the new Maps for mobile is coming this summer, so watch out for it over the next few months.


Brandon Russell

Brandon Russell enjoys writing about technology and entertainment. When he's not watching Back to the Future, you can find him on a hike or watching...

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