Beat Crowds and High Prices With New Google Maps Upgrades for iOS

Creative Commons image by Armand Frasco.

Creative Commons image by Armand Frasco.

If you have an iPhone, youa��re likely using Apple Maps for your navigation; recent news is that Apple Maps is used three times more often than Google Maps on iOS. Android users, however, have had access to Google Maps upgrades for some time now, and these upgrades have boosted the use of the app among Android users. Now, iOS users can enjoy many of these same upgrades. If you are currently using Apple Maps, it might be worth checking out all that Google Maps now has to offer. Here are some of the features.

Crowd Information

Dona��t you hate driving through gridlock, only to arrive at your destination and find that lines are long? This type of waiting can knock hours off of your week… and the frustration can give you more than a few gray hairs! Google Maps now shows you when various businesses are likely to be busy. You can probably surmise on your own that many places will be busy during rush hour, of course, but Google Maps goes a step further, taking into consideration real-time data provided by those who have opted in to location-sharing. You can check out the store traffic graphs, which are similar to road traffic graphs.

Gas Prices

Maybe therea��s nothing so annoying as getting off the interstate in a less-than-familiar area, filling up your gas tank, and then seeing that the gas station 1/4 mile down the road is charging 5 cents less per gallon. With Google Maps, a glance at your app will show you where the gas prices are the lowest, so you can make a decision as to whether to stop or to drive another short distance to get a better deal on gasoline. When combined with the crowd information for these gas stations, you can find yourself saving both time and money.

Offline Map Capabilities

If you find yourself in a sparsely populated area, you may discover that your service is as spotty as the population. You might also experience having no service when youa��re in a stadium, shopping mall or other large building. Downloading your maps ahead of time can allow you to check out your surroundings even if you dona��t have service. This is a great safety strategy, and one that is possible with Google Maps. Once you get service again, the app will switch back to its regular full-capability online mode.

Being aware that Google Maps is likely to get a whole lot more popular among iOS users due to these upgrades gives you yet another reason to make sure your Google listings are up to date (as if you needed one!). Double check that your listing is showing the correct business hours, location and telephone number so that those using the Google Maps app will have the right information when they need it.