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Google Maps for iOS

Satellite view

Find your route

Public transit view

Check out the traffic

Turn-by-turn directions

Landmarks while you travel

Directions by notification

Avoid the traffic

Street View

Public transit directions

Location info sheet

What others are saying

Walking routes

Explore Nearby

Switch the time

Explore everything

Zagat reviews

With a sleek interface, turn-by-turn directions, Explore features and Street View, Google Maps for iOS continues to be the best in its category.

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Just as with Google Maps on the Web, you can check out a satellite view by activating it from the layers menu.

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Enter an address and pick your route to see it on the map.

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Turn on the public-transit layer to see bus and train routes. The colored stripes across the Bay Bridge here show the BART routes that cross the bay.

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Touch the traffic button in the layer menu to see how bad the traffic is before you start driving.

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When you get directions to a location, you can switch to turn-by-turn directions with voice and get the over-the-shoulder 3D view as directions are spoken to you at every turn.

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Google Maps displays prominent landmarks even while you're getting turn-by-turn directions.

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When you're on the lock screen, Google Maps will still give you directions to your destination.

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Look at color-coded traffic lines to see the best route in your area. As you can see in this shot, if I pick my route carefully, I can probably get through downtown San Francisco pretty quickly.

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One of the best features about Google Maps is the option to switch to Street View so you can get a feel for the area.

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Google Maps gives you a number of options for traveling by car, bus, train or on foot. Make your selections using the buttons across the top.

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When you search for a location, you can see an info sheet from which you can use to call for reservations, save to favorites, share with friends and more.

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Scroll down on the info sheet to see reviews from other people around the area.

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Even if you're on foot, Google Maps still gives you a number of ways to get to your destination.

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The latest version of Google Maps lets you explore the area for restaurants, shops, entertainment venues, Museums and more. It also lists results that are appropriate for the time of day when you performed the search.

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Touch the time indicator at the top of the screen to open a scroll wheel that lets you select time-appropriate search results.

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Switch the wheel to anytime to see local favorites, popular locations and other common categories.

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Read Zagat reviews of a location from other users, or add a review of your own.

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