Tips and Tricks for Google Maps on the iPhone (Video)

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For the iPhone owners among you: the Apple Maps ordeal is over with the release of Google Maps for iPhone. No longer will you search for a restaurant in your area and be taken to a place that is hundreds of miles away. No longer will you be subject to the limitations of Apple Maps and wish you could see a street view or public transit information. Our first impressions of Google Maps are very positive, and we’ve found a handful of hidden gestures that we show you in the below video.

As a recap of the gestures, you can: double tap to initiate a single-finger zoom, use two fingers to rotate and tilt, use two fingers to open the side panel with a right to left gesture, you can swipe through a list of POIs in a search, and you can swipe through navigation steps to see what turns are coming up.

If you have an iPad, you might be stuck waiting for a bit for a proper Google Maps app, but fear not: it’s more likely than not that Google is working on a maps app for the larger screen, and just wanted to focus on the iPhone app first because there are many more iPhone owners than there are iPad owners. Grab Google Maps on iTunes now.

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About The Author
Brandon Miniman
Brandon is a graduate from the Villanova School of Business, located near Philadelphia, PA. He's been a technology writer since 2002, and, in 2005, became Editor-in-Chief of Pocketnow, a then Windows Mobile-focused website. He has since helped to transition Pocketnow into a top-tier smartphone and tablet publication. He's so obsessed with technology that he once entered a candle store and asked if they had a "new electronics" scent. They didn't.