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Google Maps for iPad Holding Strong

Six weeks after the long awaited release of Google Maps for iPad (those running iOS 6), the application continues to hold strong.  The newly optimized layout and navigation options which were also recently made available in the latest release for Android OS as well are making users happy as the latest version of the app continues to hold a 4-5 star rating.  No more up-scaling the iPhone app on the iPad, it is now natively available and optimized for the high definition display.

Google Maps on iPad

Features Continue To Include:

  • Navigation and Directions (Driving, Walking, Public Transit, Biking)
  • Google Traffic
  • Terrain View
  • Satellite Image View
  • Biking View (with trails, etc)
  • Direction Look-Up
  • And More

However, for iPad users, it should be a joyous occasion that we now have a real mapping application for the device again.

Google Maps on iPad - Description

Gmail for iPad Update: Now Multiple Account Support and More

As many Gmail users have come to appreciate the simplicity behind multiple account support for their Gmail App on Android or Gmail via the Web, those who have taken the plunge to the iPad world as Black Friday and Cyber Monday have passed may have found the integrated Gmail App for iPad a little bit lacking from what they are used to.

Although it was easy on the eyes with the “beautiful Retina display” (for those with the iPad 3/4), the initial roll-out of Gmail for iOS 6 did lack some luster in the function department. The initial version did not allow for multiple account support, a huge fallback from Android based versions of the application that have allowed the functionality for years. In addition, it had limited search and meeting invite capabilities as well.

Recently, the latest Gmail Version 2.0 update for the iOS platform redeems itself bringing the standard precedent of functionality to its interface that has come to be expected from the Gmail user masses. The latest update includes the following:

  • Multiple Account Support
  • Search predictions as you type
  • Infinite scrolling inbox
  • Respond to Google Calendar invites inline
  • And more

And I must say, they pulled it off in a simple to use interface that puts account switching only a few “pecks” away (I guess we really can’t “click” on a tablet screen now can we). In addition, as the layout stays the same, they streamlined the interface to provide, what Google calls, a “cleaner look”. Personally, I was content with the old look, but to each is own. The new one isn’t to much of a change. Primarily, it just separated titles, headers, labels, read, and unread message fonts into different sizes and styles to make them a little easier to identify on the display. Overall, it’s a good look and a massive functional improvement.

The version is currently available in the iPad App Store for all users free of charge. For those who currently have Gmail installed and want to upgrade, just install the upgrade from the upgrade section of your App Store as you would any other program.

Before (Previous Version)iPad Gmail


After (Version 2.0)iPad-Gmail2