12/25/2012 09:16 am ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Google Maps For iPhone: 7 Tips And Tricks You Didn't Know Were Possible

Google's newly released Maps app for the iPhone has already enjoyed a phenomenal initial reception. After over 10 million iPhone owners gobbled it up in its first 48 hours, it is likely one of the most quickly downloaded apps in the history of Apple's App Store.

Many iPhone owners have replaced Apple's half-baked Maps app with Google Maps; and as those iPhone owners are testing out Google's version in the real world, they are already finding several cool new features on the app that might not be too obvious at first.

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Seriously, though: In addition to not constantly getting lost or disoriented, you can find a bunch of great features in Google Maps that will make navigating via smartphone a more convenient experience than you realized it could be. We've collected 7 handy tips, tricks and hidden gems from the Google Maps app that can ensure you're getting all you should be out of your new mapping program. While none of these crafty techniques are essential to Google Maps -- "getting you to places you want to go" remains the main function -- they do represent slick little tips that you might find helpful in daily use.

From talking to your maps to finding food fast, here's our next-level advice for the new Google Maps app that's taken over your iPhone:

7 Google Maps For iOS Features You Might Not Have Known Existed