Salahuddin Choudhary, product manager for Google Maps stated,”This update is part of our goal to make Google Maps comprehensive, accurate and useful – wherever you may be in the world. To that end, we’re rolling out the English version of the app in seven new countries: Bahrain, Egypt, Lebanon, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and UAE. You can also choose between kilometers and miles in the settings menu, depending on your preferences.”
For faster local search, users can tap one of the new icons for restaurants, coffee shops, bars and other types of places to quickly see nearby haunts. For instance, a tap on the coffee cup icon in the search box will show the nearest cafes.
In the new update, Google has integrated Google Contacts into the Google Maps for iPhone app. This means, when a user is signed-in and searches for a friend’s name, their address will appear as a suggestion (if the address is saved). The user can then simply tap the friends name to see the address, visible only to him/her, on the map.