Google Maps for iOS now with night mode

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A logo is pictured at Google's European Engineering Center in Zurich April16, 2015. Reuters/Arnd Wiegmann

Google Maps has added a ‘Night Mode’ feature for iOS. It is a useful update and will make Google Maps more user-friendly for owners of Apple devices.

The ‘Night Mode’ feature has been on the Android version of the app for years now. The latest Google Maps update has introduced this feature for the iOS version 4.9.0. It is intended to make it easier for users to use the app while driving at night. With this feature, the app can now automatically switch to a darker display in low light when giving directions at night. This would considerably improve night vision. Previously, turning the sight from the bright display into a pitch dark road caused vision issues.

Users will no longer have to switch between the bright display and the dark road ahead. The device opts for a darker display over the glaring white one which is the default look for Google Maps. This feature is automatic. Thus, the users will not have to make changes in the settings to turn it on or off. The app will automatically get activated when it detects night time.

The new Google Maps update requires iOS 7 or later. It will be compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. This app is optimised for iPhone 5, iPhone 6, and iPhone 6 Plus.

The new update also includes other interesting features such as, the ability to label places on the map and in search suggestions. It also offers a more personalised experience. Users could add new places to the map through the iOS app, but these were only for public places. Now new labels are private. The labeled place would automatically come up the next time a user searches it on the app. Along with this, the update will also allow iPhone users to edit captions of photos that they have uploaded on Google Maps.

A Night Mode feature is already present on Apple Maps; however, it is not popular among iPhone users.

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