Google Maps 2.0 Hits the App Store, With iPad Support, Indoor Maps, Enhanced Navigation & More

Posted in Apple News, Apps, iOS on 17/07/2013 by J. Glenn Künzler


Following last week’s official announcement, Google Maps 2.0 has now officially launched on the iOS App Store – a major updating bringing official iPad support (for the first time), indoor maps, improved navigation, live traffic updates, restaurant reviews, dynamic re-routing if you miss a turn (or based on traffic conditions) and more!

Google Maps 2 iphone

From the App Store:

What’s New in Version 2.0

● New design for iPad

● Enhanced navigation including live traffic updates and incident reports

● Explore: A new way to browse and discover popular local places to eat, drink, shop, play and sleep

● Simple 5-star ratings and reviews from friends, plus expert Zagat content 

● Great deals from your favorite brands with Google Offers

● Indoor maps with walking directions for malls, transit stations, airports and more

The indoor navigation is something I am particularly excited about – it includes support for a number of major shopping centers, airports, museums, and more, with new locations being added regularly. I frequently get disoriented trying to find my way through buildings – so this will be the knockout feature for me.

Google Maps 2 iPad

The interface seems fast, fluid, and easy to use, and the new Explore function, which lets users find restaurants, hotels, and other places of business (along with user comments, reviews, Zagat ratings, and occasional special offers via Google Offers) shows a whole lot of potential. We’ll have more to say once we get a chance to really dig through the update and try it out for ourselves. One things for sure, however: This is a VERY major update, and brings a whole lot of awesome to the table.

Google Maps 2.0 is a free update, and is available immediate for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch from the App Store.

*Note: Google Maps 2.0 is still rolling out across various regions, so if you can’t download it yet, you should be able to soon! Keep trying!

  • Andy Heaps

    So, any interesting navigation bugs that we all love to see? Bridges when there are none, lakes in the middle of cities, etc.? 🙂


J. Glenn Künzler

Glenn is Managing Editor at MacTrast, and has been using a Mac since he bought his first MacBook Pro in 2006. Now he's up to his neck in Apple, and owns an old iBook, a 2012 iMac with an extra Thunderbolt display for good measure, a 4th-generation iPad, an iPad mini, 2 iPhones, and a Mac Mini that lives at the neighbor's house. He lives in a small town in Utah, enjoys bacon more than you can possibly imagine, and is severely addicted to pie.