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Hands on: Google Maps 4.0 gets even better with a fresh design, Uber and OpenTable

Leah Yamshon | Nov. 18, 2014
Google Maps is one of the App Store's unsung heroes, an app you probably use daily, yet you rarely think about or tell your friends to download. That's because for so long it just came with our iPhones--it was there waiting for you to use when you powered up your new phone for the first time.

I'm more excited about the other newly supported app — OpenTable. Google Maps has a mini page of business info that pops up when you search for directions to a certain spot, and if it's a restaurant within OpenTable's network, you'll see a reservation tool listed there, too. By default, it shows you reservation times for that same day, but you can tap on the listing to check other available time slots. This is an awesome feature if you're trying to grab a bite in a certain neighborhood — tap the menu and go to Explore Nearby to browse and make a reservation.

Besides these new tricks, Google Maps is still the same old trustworthy Google Maps. You'll get thorough directions with up-to-date traffic and accident reports, you can toggle between different transportation methods, and you can view different routes to pick the best option. This classic app continues to adapt, and keeps getting better.


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