The new Maps for Mobile, Google essentially mimics the same design of the iPhone version of last December. The new version will retire Latitude, a location-based sharing app.
The new version adds Explore feature. Explore is a fast and easy way to visually browse and discover new places without even typing. Simply tap the search box and you’ll see cards showing great places to eat, drink, sleep and shop.
Reviews, Zagat and Offers: There’s a new 5.0 star rating system that gives you a quick read on how your friends and others rate places like restaurants, bars and cafes. For an expert’s opinion, the Zagat badge of excellence and curated lists are integrated into search results so you can quickly spot the very best places. From “Best Restaurants to meet for a drink in NYC” to “Best Restaurants in the Mission” in San Francisco, Zagat’s there to help you uncover the local gems.
Current traffic conditions, reports of traffic congestion with available as well as better route alerts are added only on Android for now but coming soon to iOS.
Google also changed the way to create offline maps. To get them, simply entering “OK Maps” into the search box when viewing the area you want for later. Latitude and check-ins have been retired from the app, Google suggests to use Google+ for your future location sharing.