Google is showing a bit more attention on the iOS side of things lately. Last week, it split off Docs and Sheets apps (with Slides incoming) from Google Drive for increased visibility, and now today, the company updated its Google Maps app to a 3.0.0 version with several new and upgraded features. Chief among them is an official offline maps option, which lets you save them for network-free browsing — ideal for international travel or when exploring areas with minimal reception.
The big news Wednesday was no doubt Facebook's latest big acquisition, which left those of us who don't use the WhatsApp to ask, "What's the big deal?" instead. We can certainly think of at least a few other companies we'd have rather seen the social networking giant drop $19 billion on, but it will be interesting to see what the future holds. But first, let's take a trip backwards in time and catch up on everything else that happened yesterday...
Back in September, we gave Readdle's Calendars 5 pretty high marks in our review, despite the inability to send invitations — an oversight that has been corrected this week in what the developer calls "the biggest update yet."
With every update, Google manages to improve its own third-party apps a little more on the iOS platform. This week, both Google Maps and Google Drive received welcome updates that bring small but convenient features.
If there's one area where Apple has an undeniably poor record compared to chief competitor Google, it's in the implementation of its Maps app for iOS. It's improved a bit over the last few months after several fixes and acquisitions, but as MacRumors reports (via Alaska Dispatch), it's still apparently so buggy that was recommending that iOS users drive onto a airplane taxiway in order to reach Fairbanks International Airport in Alaska.
Google is moving quickly to capitalize on its recent acquisition of traffic service Waze, with real-time data now incorporated into the iOS and Android editions of the Google Maps app in a number of countries.
Christmas came early late last year as Santa’s elves restored Google Maps to iOS as a third-party app. Seven months later, the mobile Maps has already hit version 2.0 with another stocking full of enhancements, including native support for the iPad. At first glance, Google Maps 2.0 looks identical to the previous version – iOS users were the first to receive this all-new user interface, which finally started arriving on Android devices over the summer. The moment you begin searching, however, changes abound.
Looks like Apple picked the right time to launch its iTunes Radio based on the streaming-music numbers (and to think how everyone said Cupertino should have done it sooner). A long-lost app returns to the App Store, the Activation Lock feature gets some serious testing, a sneaky bit of malware is making the rounds, and Google Maps makes it to the iPad at long last. That and more, just step right this way.
Our long national nightmare is finally over: Google Maps has finally arrived for the iPad with a universal update to the existing iPhone app, which is also chock full of plenty of other cool features as well.