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Contact search highlights Google Maps for iPhone update

Dan Moren | March 6, 2013
Mapping is still a contentious issue for many iOS users, and Google looks to be taking advantage of that chink in Apple's armor to improve its own offering. A new update to the free Google Maps for iPhone, released on Tuesday, adds a couple of new capabilities, whittling away at iOS 6's last remaining competitive advantages.

A couple other changes have made their way into this recent update, including the ability to set the distance units for the app to miles or kilometers (in addition to an automatic option that will decide for you, based on where you search). Google is also bringing the English version of the app to a number of Middle Eastern countries: Bahrain, Egypt, Lebanon, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and UAE.

With the addition of contacts, the only remaining mark against Google Maps is that I wish there were a native version for the iPad--though the old leave-'em-wanting-more strategy may well work in Google's favor.


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