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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 ByteGlympse is getting a distribution partner in Garmin, which will add free Glympse functionality to its iOS and Android mapping and navigation apps. The famously pricey Garmin apps — currently on sale for about $50 — have more than four million users worldwide. Glympse, you may recall, does something simple and often incredibly useful, which is help people share a map of their current location for a short time — often with the person to whom they’re en route.
News Bytestepping down at the end of the year. The new head honcho is Clifton Pemble — who joined Garmin as an engineer in 1989, and has most recently been president and COO. Shares of Garmin were trading up slightly this morning. As Arik Hesseldahl recalled this summer, Kao had long resisted the encroachment of smartphones, dismissing them as a commodity business.