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  Google''s rich, reliable Maps app is back on the iPhone, and that means iPhone users can stop relying on the flawed, fledgling Apple maps app that replaced it as a built-in feature in September。谷歌(Google)详尽且可靠的地图应用程序回归iPhone,这意味着iPhone用户可以不再依赖于尚不成熟、漏洞百出的苹果(Apple)地图。今年9月,苹果将其自有地图应用作为一项内置功能替换掉了原有的谷歌地图。

  Apple''s version is still bolted into the phone, and the new, free Google app must be downloaded from Apple''s app store. Google says the app was downloaded 10 million times in just its first two days of availability last week。

  Google 更多的信息:在谷歌地图上输入一个地名后,再点击屏幕上的信息栏,你就能获取包括营业时间和街景照片在内的各种信息。苹果的地图仍然内置在iPhone 中,而新的免费谷歌地图必须通过苹果的应用程序商店下载。谷歌说,该应用仅仅在其上线的头两天就被下载了1,000万次。

  The reappearance of Google Maps on the iPhone closes a big advantage Google''s own Android phones had gained when Apple''s replacement turned out to lack some key features, such as labeling of buildings and businesses, street-view photos and public-transit routing. It also offered too much inaccurate location data。


  However, the biggest news here is that the new iPhone version of Google Maps isn''t just better than Apple Maps. For now, at least, Google Maps is better in most respects on the iPhone than it is on Android phones. It has been redesigned with a cleaner, simpler user interface that makes it easier to use. Google officials say they took the sudden need to build a new iPhone version as an opportunity to rethink the popular app from the ground up。


  I''ve been testing the new Google Maps on iPhone for a week or so in the San Francisco and Washington metro areas, and I really like it. It isn''t perfect, but I prefer it to any other iPhone Maps app I''ve used, and to Google Maps on Android. The latter will likely also gain the new design in time, but for now, it looks inelegant by comparison。


  Why would Google bail out iPhone users and give its rival''s phone a better version of its Maps app than its own Android customers enjoy, even temporarily? Because, while Apple makes its money from hardware, Google is a services and advertising company, and wants its products to be heavily used on a popular platform like Apple''s。


  The Android version still has a few features the new iPhone version lacks: maps of the interiors of stores, malls and airports; bicycling directions; the ability to view map segments offline; and special offers that show up for some businesses. Google says it left these out for now because they aren''t heavily used and the company wanted a new Apple version pronto. It says these may be added over time。


  More important are the Android app''s traits Google abandoned in the new iPhone version: too many menus and steps to get things done, confusing icons, and a concept called Layers that was techie talk for things like switching from map view to satellite view。

  Google 纪录地名:点击屏幕上的一个按钮,就会打开一个你*近保存和分享过的位置列表。更重要的是谷歌在新的iPhone版本中抛弃了安卓版本的一些特性:繁多的菜单和繁琐的操作步骤、容易混淆的图标以及被称作“层”(Layers)的东西。“层”是在谈到诸如从地图视图转换到卫星视图这样的操作时所涉及的一个技术性很强的概念。

  Instead, the new iPhone version of Google Maps emphasizes two things: uncluttering the map itself, and swiping vertically and horizontally to move quickly among places, map views and information. In my tests, I found this design refreshingly easy to use. It even enhances the voice-prompted, automatic turn-by-turn navigation whose absence on the original iPhone version of Google Maps was the key thing that prompted Apple to get into the maps business。


  When you first open the new Google Maps, all you see is a map with a search bar across the top and two small icons at the bottom. In the lower left is a button that brings up your current location, and in the lower right is a tiny icon that lets you switch to satellite view, to see public transit and traffic information, or to launch the separate Google Earth app. You can also get to these latter choices by swiping left with two fingers。当你首次打开新谷歌地图时,你所能看到的全部内容就是一张地图和横跨顶部的一个搜索栏以及底部的两个小图标。左下角的是显示你目前位置的按钮,右下角那个极小的图标点开后,你可以切换到卫星视图,查看公交线路以及路况信息,或者启动独立的谷歌地球(Google Earth)应用程序。你还可以通过用两个手指在屏幕上向左滑动来查看上述选项。

  The top search bar includes two buttons on the right -- one to start a navigation, and one to bring up a list of places you''ve recently saved and shared. These are automatically synced with places you''ve saved and shared via Google Maps on other devices, such as PCs and Macs, or Android phones。


  In addition to this clear, clean, main view, Google Maps for iPhone simplifies other functions. If you enter the name or address of a place, a small bar appears at the bottom of the map with summary information, like the estimated travel time or, with restaurants, a summary of reviews。


  If you tap on this bar, you get an ''info sheet'' with a wealth of information and functions, including the photographic street view of the location, interior photos, reviews, hours, menus, and the ability to phone the place or share its location. If your search is for a category, like ''cigars,'' swiping horizontally will bring up alternate info sheets for other locations。

  Google 导航帮助:当你开始朝目的地行进的时候,地图顶部会出现一个大大的绿色导航条,显示导航步骤中下一步的行驶方向。如果你点击该信息栏,你将会看到一个“信息页面”,包含了丰富的信息和功能,包括该

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