That's why earlier this week, Google released a tip sheet explaining features of the new app. Here are several of those tips, along with a few others that should help you get well acclimated with Google Maps.
Use Google Maps with Siri
Typically when you ask Siri for directions, she'll give them to you but will use Apple Maps. If you want Siri to give you directions using Google Maps, you can do that by asking her for your directions like this:
"Give me directions to ______ via transit."
Siri might then provide you with a list of locations. Choose the one you want, and she'll then pull up a list of apps you've downloaded that can give you directions. Google Maps will be among them, so select it.
That'll launch the Google Maps app, and you can then simply choose the route and mode of transportation that you want and get to it.
Place a pin
If you want to find the address for where you are or a specific place on the map, or if you want to enter Streetview mode, you can easily do that by pressing your finger on the location for a couple of seconds. This will place a pin on the location and pull up information at the bottom of your screen that you can expand by swiping with your finger.
You can access Streetview after you place a pin on the map or if you search for a location and tap on its pin. Expand the information page, and if the feature is available for that location, you'll see a box that says Streetview, which you can tap to access.
Once in Streetview, you can change your perspective by simply pressing and moving your finger, or you can press an icon with two arrows at the bottom left of the screen that will let you look around using the iPhone's gyroscope. You can change the view simply by moving your phone in the direction you want to see.
To leave Streetview, tap the screen and a left-pointing arrow will show up at the top left corner of the screen. Tap it.
Swipe to see more
If you're searching for restaurants or bars, you'll want to be familiar with the "swipe to see more" feature. To access it, tap the search bar and type what you're looking for. Once you've searched, tap on one of the results or simply swipe up the information page. You can then quickly scroll through the results by swiping left and right to see each location's information.
If you want to see traffic, public transportation routes or switch to satellite view, you can do that by pressing the three dot icon on the bottom right of the app and sliding it to the left. That'll pull up a screen with icons for traffic, public transit, satellite, and one for Google Earth. Tap whichever you want to access that view, and repeat the process to turn that view off.
Preview route steps
If you've entered turn-by-turn voice navigation, there are two ways to see upcoming directions.
The first is by swiping the green bar at the top of the screen to the left to see the next step in your route. You can also swipe to the left on the bottom bar to switch between seeing the remaining miles and the estimated time for your trip.