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Google Maps iOS Web App Now Features Street View

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It'll have to do while we wait for the arrival of a more complete experience in the form of the iOS Google Maps app.

Google has added its popular Street View functionality, which allows users to view real-life images of a location, to the iOS web application for Google Maps.

The update arguably gives iOS users the best alternative to the Google Maps app that was replaced with the introduction of Apple's own maps app via iOS 6.

To use Street View on your iOS device, point your browser to maps.google.com and search for a location. Google then instructs users to click the “pegman” icon situated at the bottom right of the screen to enable Street View.

Apple had dropped Google’s data in favor its own app, but it evidently didn't work out as well as Apple would have hoped. The continuous criticism ultimately led to Apple CEO Tim Cook writing an open letter to apologize, with the firm now searching for developers to help improve the app.

It's not all doom and gloom for Apple, though; their maps app uses 80 percent less data than Google Maps.

 

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    Anonymous , October 5, 2012 2:14 PM
    80% less than maps.google.com, not 80% less than the Google Maps App, and it's stupid to compare anything else. Why not mention how Apple Maps uses 8000% less data than Crysis?
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    Anonymous , October 5, 2012 2:14 PM
    80% less than maps.google.com, not 80% less than the Google Maps App, and it's stupid to compare anything else. Why not mention how Apple Maps uses 8000% less data than Crysis?
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    santfu , October 5, 2012 2:31 PM
    zak is a fanboy.

    I wouldn't worry about it sargon07. It's obvious to all that using 80% less data would only be relevant if the maps were useful. My map App, santfu's awesome maps, uses 100% less data.
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    freggo , October 5, 2012 2:54 PM
    As usual, the 'zoom' function is a joke; and not a funny one :( 
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    jaquith , October 5, 2012 2:56 PM
    Yes by far I prefer vector mapping, and I apparently am when of the few that recall how bad Google maps were when they first came out. Apple has a huge user base and I have no doubts that the relatively small amount of errors in Apple maps will be corrected and made up-to-date faster than Google's time-frame to correct their errors.

    I distinctly remember often needing to use of all things Yahoo maps to find new streets because Google lacked the data.

    Google wants their maps up to date to SELL advertising way-points.
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    freggo , October 5, 2012 2:58 PM
    "their maps app uses 80 percent less data than Google Maps."

    Again, I have a map app that uses 0.1% of the Apple data, it is a blue sphere...
    Let's compare equally accurate maps, THAN compare their bandwidth usage.
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    lpedraja2002 , October 5, 2012 3:09 PM
    Could it be that it uses less data because it is not as detail as Google Maps?
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    sockso , October 5, 2012 3:17 PM
    It uses 80% less data because it delivers 80% less data, maybe?
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    santfu , October 5, 2012 3:41 PM
    Don't forget the 80% comparison is also slightly misleading if you use android the google maps app uses vector graphics. So the problem is only directly for Apple, and there is a war going on between Apple and Google after all. So I understand why apple wanted to move away, but with their VAST fortune they should be able to release a usable map app, the comparisons that have been made are not unforeseeable.
    Finally, Jaquith, I have never used apple maps so i don't know, but the implication you give is that Apple maps will not have advertising products. Is that true?
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    Au_equus , October 5, 2012 3:43 PM
    santfuzak is a fanboy.I wouldn't worry about it sargon07. It's obvious to all that using 80% less data would only be relevant if the maps were useful. My map App, santfu's awesome maps, uses 100% less data.

    android fanboys are fandroids
    apple fanboys are fapples
    fapple... haha
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    neon871 , October 5, 2012 4:27 PM
    au_equusandroid fanboys are fandroidsapple fanboys are fapplesfapple... haha

    So someone with both products would be a Fappleriod fan? How nice......!
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    john15v16 , October 5, 2012 4:47 PM
    Quote:
    It's not all doom and gloom for Apple, though; their maps app uses 80 percent less data than Google Maps.


    uuhhmm...that's because it has 80% less features than the google maps app
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    house70 , October 5, 2012 5:32 PM
    Awesome... Google rubbing it in a bit more for all the fools that "upgraded" their iOS devices.
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    Anonymous , October 5, 2012 11:36 PM
    A Fappleroid? Sounds like something you should consult your doctor about.
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