Google Maps has today started rolling out an update to the app on iOS that bumps it to version 4.3.0. Most notably, it allows you to add public transport directions to your calendar.
Alongside general bug fixes, the improvements include being able to see businesses nearby if you are searching for an address and getting quick facts on popular points of interest. The app also surfaces information on upcoming events and performances from certain venues.
This update comes not long after Google Maps released the Local Guides feature and the new version will allow you to earn your Local Guides badge by sharing reviews.
the past week Apple Maps has added nine new cities to the 3D Flyover feature, partnered withGasBuddy and GreatSchools in the US and added some quirky features to London’s 3D flyover views that include Big Ben showing the real time and the London Eye rotating.
The nine new cities covered by the 3D feature are: Edinburgh, Scotland; Cáceres, Spain; Venice, Italy; Linz, Austria; Rennes, France; Guadalajara, Mexico; and Baton Rouge and Boise in the US. The new partnerships with GasBuddy andGreatSchools in the US make it likely that Apple Maps users will soon be able to see local gas prices and school locations on the app.
Apple evicted Google Maps from iOS three years ago and has continued updating its own mapping service ever since in a bid to compete. At the moment, Apple Maps is most notably still lacking live traffic information and public transit directions.
Google and the Ministry of Culture, Government of India have come
together to launch virtual tours of Indian cultural sites and explore
over 1,400 cultural objects from India at the Google Cultural Institute
Google, with support from the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI), has
added 76 new sites to its 360-degree panorama view, increasing the
number of ASI sites covered to over 100. Besides monuments, exhibits at
institutions like the Nehru Memorial Museum and Library, and the Indian
National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage have also been photographed
for the project, and will be available online soon, at the Google Cultural Institute.
"With the release of this set of panoramic images, we aim to create a
dynamic, immersive online experience by which people within India and
around the world can appreciate more of India's diverse cultural
heritage," said Union Minister of Culture Shripad Naik.
"Google is deeply committed to helping preserve and showcase cultural
heritage across the world, and it has been our privilege to work with
the ASI and these partners to bring such diverse aspects of India's
culture online," said Rajan Anandan, Vice President and Managing
Director, Google India.
"I would like to thank all our partners. The mission of the Cultural
Institute is to make the world’s heritage accessible for global
audiences and to preserve it digitally for generations to come,” said
Amit Sood, Director of the Google Cultural Institute. “By putting
online more imagery from India’s most iconic sites, we hope to invite
more people from around the world to learn more about the fascinating
world of Indian culture, history, and art."
India has a rich heritage dating back several thousand years and has maintained the continuity of its unique culture. According to Facts About India, the ASI currently manages 3683 monuments and heritage sites.