Google has released the first update to its official Maps app for the iPhone. Google Maps 1.1 includes integration with Google Contacts so you can quickly search for friends’ addresses by name. There’s also a local places search for finding business around you with keywords like “restaurants” and “bars.”
Full change log:
- Search your Google Contacts; sign in to have your saved addresses show up when you search for friends and family by name.
- Quickly search for local places by selecting popular categories such as restaurants, bars, cafes, gas stations, etc.
- Choose between Kilometers or Miles for your preferred distance units.
- Note that some features may not be available in all countries.
“This update is part of our goal to make Google Maps comprehensive, accurate and useful – wherever you may be in the world,” according to Google.
You will need to be signed into your Google account if you want the Maps app to access your contacts. A new Nearby Places list lets you find businesses in your area by category. Little icons you can tap on for different categories (restaurants, gas stations, etc.) appear under the app’s search box.
Google Maps for iPhone was released back in December, and the app was downloaded over 10 million times in less than two days. There is no iPad version yet.