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.
Have you ever bothered to report an incorrect location found on Apple Maps? Soon, Cupertino may actually notify users when those fixes have been implemented using push notifications right to your device.
Apple clearly wants to improve its much-maligned Maps app, and it's apparently drawing from its vast financial resources to take the shortest route to improvement possible. How? It's trying to buy everyone who does it better (apart, of course, from Google). As Bloomberg reports, Apple acquired data firm Locationary this morning, and now word just came in that it's also planning to acquire the transit app HopStop.
Seems like WWDC 2013 put the kibosh on crazy Apple smart watch rumors for a little while, but Sony is ready to stir that pot back to boiling with the introduction of its own Android-friendly wristwatch.
Now that Apple CEO Tim Cook has publicly acknowledged the problem with the new iOS 6 Maps app, all eyes are on Cupertino as we wait to see how they'll fix the issues. Unfortunately, there may be no quick fix this time around.