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News ByteGoogle Maps for iPhone is getting its first major update today. In version 1.1, users can now search for any address stored in their Google contacts list. In addition, tapping inside the search bar brings up the option for finding nearby places in 13 different categories (e.g., restaurants, hotels, gas stations). Google is also rolling out the app to seven new countries, including Egypt, Lebanon and Bahrain. Google Maps for iPhone launched in December and was quickly downloaded by iPhone users frustrated with the poor Apple Maps experience.
News ByteSwiftKey, the popular predictive keyboard app for Android, is now available in the Google Play Store. New features of SwiftKey 4 (previously SwiftKey Flow) include the ability to type words by dragging your finger letter to letter in one continuous motion. It also features technology that can predict what you’ll write next, based on context, and learns your typing style for better accuracy. SwiftKey 4 is a free upgrade for existing users, while newcomers can grab the app for $1.99 for a limited time. The regular price is $3.99.