Mark Zuckerberg’s pitch while introducing Messenger as a platform earlier this year, seems to have hit the right chord. Google has now added a brand new update to its Maps for iOS app which will allow iOS users to share their current location with friends they have been talking to on Facebook.
Google’s latest, version 4.8.0 features an integrated location sharing option that allows users to automatically share their location with Facebook friends and send details to people they are chatting up on the Facebook messenger.
Although something similar is already available with the iPhone maker’s mapping app– allowing you to pinpoint locations and share them over the social networking platform — this is a first for Google. Also, considering the fact that many iPhone users still prefer Google Maps over the in-built Apple Maps despite constant pleading improvements by Apple — many may be pleasantly surprised, by seeing the service on their devices for the first time.
Google Maps was once the default Mapping platform for both Android as well as iOS devices. While the status-quo remains the same for Android, Apple let go of it back in 2012 once Apple Maps launched. However, the fact that the mapping services provided by Google were still top of the class coupled with the presence of certain flaws within Apple’s Mapping, CEO Tim Cook had to apologize and recommend users to download Google Maps along with other mapping services.
Apart from addition of Facebook and Facebook Messenger sharing, the fresh update also includes redesigned and improved transit directions to improve your experience in cities, giving you more route choice and real-time arrival information where available. Interestingly though, transit update to Google Maps comes just in time, when Apple announced a similar update earlier this year.
The update also features a new image Gallery for a quick visual understanding of a place through a grid view. Minor big fixes are a part of the fresh package.