Google Maps update for iOS adds iPad support, new features

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Google on Wednesday released an updated version of Google Maps for iOS, adding official support for the iPad and iPad mini as well as a number of new features that were recently pushed out to Android users.  Before the update, iOS users wishing to use Google Maps on an iPad had to use a scaled-up version of the app for iPhone which distorted images and text.

Google Maps 2.0 for iOS now includes indoor maps that offer directions inside airports, malls, transit stations and other large buildings. The app also offers live traffic and accident reports and a new Explore function that allows users to browse and find new places without typing.

Zagat, the review service acquired by Google in late 2011, is now integrated into search results. Furthermore, there’s a new five-star rating system that allows you to rate local retailers and see which shops and restaurants your friends enjoy the most. Google Offers are also integrated meaning when you search for a place to eat or somewhere to shop, you’ll see special offers listed that a retailer might be running.

Google continues to be the go-to source for mapping and these new updates only help to solidify that fact. What’s more, the company’s recent acquisition of crowd-sourced mapping firm Waze likely means they will be ahead of the curve for years to come.

You can download Google Maps for iOS through the iTunes App Store.

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