Google released a significant update to its Maps App for Android on Wednesday. That was, of course, the same day Apple\u2019s new iOS 6 rolled out to the legions of iPhone users\u2014with Apple\u2019s Map app in place of Google Maps, which was available in past versions of iOS.\n\tGoogle\u2019s Android Maps update isn\u2019t earthshaking, but it offers one particularly nice new feature. Google search queries performed on a desktop computer (while you\u2019re logged into Google) are now synced to Google Maps on your Android.\n\tImagine that you searched for a specific shop on your PC a few days ago. Now you\u2019re trying to find the store while out and about with your Android device. As soon as you launch Google Maps on your Android and start to type the shop\u2019s name in its search box, Google Maps knows you\u2019ve typed that name before on your computer. The app autosuggests the shop\u2019s name, sparing you from having to type further. You\u2019ll also see other places you\u2019ve searched for on your computer or your Android. \u00a0\n\tGoogle Maps was already good at autosuggesting, so this just kicks it up a notch. You can also access previous searches, starred locations, saved maps and more using the app\u2019s enhanced My Places feature.\n\tThe latest Google Maps also supports single-handed zoom, which is nice if you have a big Android phone like the Samsung Galaxy Note. You just double tap the screen to zoom in and double tap again to zoom in closer.\n\tAll told, Google Maps is an excellent search tool for easily locating businesses, addresses and more. And with Zagat\u2019s restaurant data built in, it\u2019s ideal for scouting out nearby restaurants.\n\tI just wish Google Maps did a better job with its main task: telling me how to get from point A to point B. Google\u2019s Android navigation will have me turning left in San Francisco (where I live) when I know damn well I should take a right. It doesn\u2019t always do this, but it happens frequently\u2014enough so that I only use Google\u2019s navigation on my Android as a last routing resort--or to find good restaurants near me. Unfortunately, Apple\u2019s new Maps app doesn\u2019t seem to be much better, judging from all the negative press it\u2019s been getting.\n\tStill no official word on whether or when Google will release a Maps app for iOS, now that it\u2019s been drummed off iDevices so unceremoniously. Apple gave Google\u2019s YouTube app the heave-ho earlier, which didn\u2019t stop Google from releasing a new and improved, free downloadable version.\n\tSo there will probably be a Google Maps app for iOS again in the near future\u2014one that gives better directions, I hope.