Saturday, April 25th2.6°C
26150
24949

Google unveils upgraded Maps app

Google is unveiling a new version of its popular Maps app, available now for Android phones and tablets and "coming soon" to iPhones and iPads. It'll be the first time iPad users get a dedicated Google Maps app.

The app's design has been significantly streamlined to declutter the screen and get rid of a series of menus that confused some users, said Daniel Graf, senior product manager of Google Maps.

"It was 'interesting,'" Graf said diplomatically in describing how he assessed the previous interface, which had become bloated and overly complicated after years of incremental updates.

"You know what it was, it was seven years of (development), it started very simple and you add one option after another and that's how you end up (with a cluttered interface)," he said.

"And now we just basically started over from scratch."

Some iPhone users have already tried the new interface, which was released to that device a few months ago. But they will still want to download the update to access some new features.

For navigation, the app can now automatically reroute around accidents, traffic jams and other issues that suddenly emerge.

Users can also save map data to their device for use without a data connection, which is particularly handy while travelling.

Typing "ok maps" in the search bar will save the map area on the device's screen to be used later. Saving offline maps was already available to Android users but is new to the iPhone.

The Canadian Press


Read more Business News

25528


Recent Trending




Today's Market
S&P TSX15408.33+15.98
S&P CDNX697.70-1.78
DJIA18080.14+21.45
Nasdaq5092.08+36.02
S&P 5002117.69+4.76
CDN Dollar0.8210+0.0002
Gold1175.20-17.60
Oil55.50-0.88
Lumber258.50+3.90
Natural Gas2.533+0.002

 
Okanagan Companies
Pacific Safety0.12-0.01
Knighthawk0.010.00
QHR Technologies Inc1.38+0.00
Cantex0.035+0.005
Anavex Life Sciences0.43+0.01
Metalex Ventures0.095+0.000
Russel Metals27.16+0.41
Copper Mountain Mining1.15+0.06
Colorado Resources0.095+0.000
ReliaBrand Inc0.004-0.001
Sunrise Resources Ltd0.04+0.01
Mission Ready Services0.20+0.00
Decisive Dividend Corporation1.80+0.10

 



25753

FEATURED Property
2160720539 Valley Road
10089920 bedrooms
$1,599,000
more details
image2image2image2
Click here to feature your property
Please wait... loading


What's your score?

There was a time when we would sit down with nothing more than a sheet of paper and a sharp pencil to do the math. Totalling our expenses and subtracting our revenue, the amount left over was the answ...


Do you dare to dream?

Photo: Thinkstock.comI have never been able to understand why some people can only see as far ahead as the end of the current day. Instead of aiming for long term goals, they just wallow in their ever...


Calling on your help!

Has the internet flattened prices as predicted? Has the internet created opportunities for your business to find higher priced markets further afield? Is posting prices on your website a good thing o...

_



25221

25221


Member of BC Press Council


25541