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Google Maps app updated to fill iPhone X edge-to-edge OLED display

By Neil Hughes

One of the most popular applications on the iOS App Store now takes advantage of the edge-to-edge OLED display on the iPhone X, as Google Maps has been updated to accommodate Apple's flagship handset.

Google Maps version 4.41 is a free update now available on the App Store. In addition to support for the iPhone X, Google says the update also includes bug fixes.

Following Apple's best practices guidelines for developers, Google Maps on iPhone X embraces the notches to the left and right of the TrueDepth camera, as map data fills the display behind the time, connectivity and battery information.

When used in landscape mode, map data and menus also bleed into the notch, though tappable items like back buttons are set inward to avoid placement within the notches. Apple's human interface suggestions ask developers to extend content to fill the iPhone X screen, but avoid placing actionable buttons at the outermost edges of the 5.8-inch display.

Google Maps for iOS is designed for both iPhone and iPad and offers iMessage integration.

However, Google Maps notably still does not support the Apple Watch. The service did previously have a watchOS app, but it was quietly removed from its iOS counterpart earlier this year, while Google said it "expects" to reintroduce support in the future.

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