July 17, 2013 Last Updated 4:35 pm

Google Maps for iOS updated; BBC to launch 5 new HD channels; Apple, Google and TV

Morning Brief:

Google rolled out version 2.0 of its Maps app for iOS. Most major developers use big round numbers for their major updates, so we can assume that Google considers this an important update.

GoogleMaps-iPad-lgGoogle’s app description emphasizes the iPad version, and while one won’t be shocked to see anything radical, Google’s new Maps certainly are attractive and far easier to use than Apple’s maps solution. The big difference, at least by my eyes, is that major roads are easily differentiated from side streets.

What’s New in Version 2.0
● New design for iPad

● Enhanced navigation including live traffic updates and incident reports

● Explore: A new way to browse and discover popular local places to eat, drink, shop, play and sleep

● Simple 5-star ratings and reviews from friends, plus expert Zagat content 

● Great deals from your favorite brands with Google Offers

● Indoor maps with walking directions for malls, transit stations, airports and more

The BBC announced that it would launch five new HD channels by early 2014: BBC News HD, BBC3 HD, BBC4 HD, CBeebies HD and CBBC HD.

BBC1 HD and BBC2 HD have already proved to be highly valued by our audiences and I’m delighted that we’re able to follow this with the launch of five new subscription-free BBC HD channels by early 2014. These new channels will allow us to showcase more of our programming at its very best,” BBC director general Tony Hall said.

Bloomberg said last night that Apple’s TV strategy will include ad-skipping technology, while the NYT last night claimed that Google was looking to enter the cable TV business.

Believe what you will.

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