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Google Maps 2.0 for iOS Brings iPad Support, Offline Maps, Enhanced Navigation & More

Back in May during the I/O conference in San Francisco, Google gave a sneak preview of Google Maps' next major update for iOS and Android. And now that major update has already made its way into the App Store. That's right folks, the Big G just released Google Maps 2.0 which now includes support for the iPad.

Google Maps 2.0 for iOS

Arguably, the main highlight of Google Maps 2.0 is the new design created for the big screens of the iPad and iPad mini. That's right, it's a new design optimized just for the iPad and not just an up-scaled version of the iPhone variant. And of course as expected, version 2.0 brings an even more enhanced navigation experience including live traffic updates and incident report. This is obviously good news for users who rely on Google Maps as their main navigational tool.

Google Maps 2.0 for iPad

There is also the new Explore tab which works in the same manner as the one found in Android. This feature enables you to quickly discover popular local places. This feature is presented in a card-style view which is simply a treat for the eyes. In addition, if you have the knack of losing your way inside malls, transit stations, airports and other indoor locations, you'll be happy to know that Google Maps 2.0 which offers indoor maps complete with walking directions.

Google Maps 2.0 for iPad_0

For folks who have no constant access to a reliable internet connection, you'll be thrilled to know that save and view maps offline. The offline maps feature has been available in Android first but it's nice to see it for the iOS too. Just choose which are of the map which you would like to cache, tap the search button, type ‘Ok Maps’ in the search bar up top, and the app will save that area to be viewed offline.

You should now be able this major update through the Updates tab in the App Store. Keep in mind that some Google Maps 2.0 features might not work in your country. Download Google Maps 2.0 for iOS here. [via RedmondPie]

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