Google released a new version of Google Maps on Tuesday that includes a Tips and Tricks help section available in the side menu. Tap on it, and you're taken to Google's online knowledge base. This is a great resource for step-by-step instructions for many of the app's functions, such as searching for locations, using turn-by-turn navigation, and customizing the map view. The new version also gives you faster access to navigation by giving you an overview of the route right in the screen in which you select a route. This allows you to compare the options before switching to a full-screen view of the route. These additions make a great app even better.
In addition, in August Google announced that they had begun incorporating real-time traffic updates into the app, thanks to their earlier purchase of Waze, a crowd-sourced mapping app. Read more on their Google Maps blog. Users of the app themselves report traffic conditions such as construction, accidents, and road closures so that others can select optional routes.