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Google redesigns Maps for Android, iPad version coming this summer

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Like its larger desktop counterpart, Google has revealed that it's giving Maps for mobile its own design overhaul. Well, one half of it, anyway. Android users will soon receive the updated UI and features first delivered in the company's Maps app for iOS. But the changes are more than skin deep: Google Offers is also being integrated in Maps with the forthcoming update, including deals from popular retailers and restaurants like Starbucks, Toys 'R Us, and RadioShack. Users can now rate restaurants on a five-point scale, and can also view Zagat reviews directly inside Maps. And traffic alerts will expand to include live reports of incidents and accidents across the globe.

Google also finally plans to deliver an iPad version of Google Maps when the new design becomes available "this summer." A tablet-sized iOS release has been missing since iPhone users first got the app last December.