Google Offers Updates on Places API for iOS

Google’s I/O developer conference is always packed with announcements, and one of those was relating to the Google Places API for iOS, according to Jordan Kahn’s recent article for 9to5Google.

Originally launched in beta back in March, Google Places API for iOS now has all of the features of the Android version. The API is available to all developers, with some notable iOS apps already taking advantage of it.

Peer-to-peer ridesharing service Lyft has included the API in a new version of their app, which is due out soon, to allow users to specify where they want to be picked up and dropped off. Mobile photo-editing app PicsArt has used it to allow location info to be easily added to posts via the place picker.

New features for iOS that come with the API include a drop-in UI widget that allows users to specify a location (as used by Lyft), gives access to detailed place information, and provides autocomplete for place names, among other things.

The announcement also included a mention for Google Maps, which now includes an offline search mode, with an offline turn-by-turn voice navigation feature due to arrive sometime this year.

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Google Maps to add offline search/navigation, Places API for iOS now available to all