In case you’ve been living under a rock the last few months, you might be happy to learn that Google released a new version of Google Maps for iOS 6.  It adds turn-by-turn directions, along with all the other great features, such as mass transit information, to the iPhone.  And today the company issued an update to the app, which only adds to its usability.

The first features is the integration of contacts.  But not just any contacts, Google Contacts.  So if you’re signed into Google and you search for a friend’s name, the Google Map app will suggest their address.  It will be up to you if you want to use it or not.

The other feature is what Google is branding as improved and faster local search.  Hit the search bar, and a set of icons (restaurants, coffee shops, bars and other types of places) will appear.  Tap one of those icons and Google Maps will show you the nearby results and save you a few seconds of your life.

Christen Costa

Grew up back East, got sick of the cold and headed West. Since I was small I have been pushing buttons - both electronic and human. With an insatiable need for tech I thought "why not start a blog focusing on technology, and use my dislikes and likes to post on gadgets."