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This article was published on January 15, 2015

Google updates Maps mobile apps, brings direction sharing and better restaurant search

Google updates Maps mobile apps, brings direction sharing and better restaurant search
Abhimanyu Ghoshal
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Google just updated its Maps apps for iOS and Android, adding some neat new features to make them more useful when navigating around cities.

The Android app now allows you to share directions via the system Share menu. So when you look up a destination, you can tap the menu button to send turn-by-turn textual directions to a contact via SMS or any other app.

Share directions

It also displays your Google contacts when you look up addresses.

Both the iOS and Android app also have a new filter to help users look up restaurants by cuisine.

Restaurants by Cuisine

In addition, iOS users can now get directions by dropping pins on a map for both origin and destination. Plus, the app also shows weather information for cities around the globe, and allows users to add transit directions to their calendars.

➤ Google Maps [Android / iOS]