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Google Maps is Already the Most Popular Free iPhone App

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iPhone users are loving the new Google Maps application.

Last night, Google surprised everyone by releasing its Google Maps application for iPhone. Up until now, iOS 6 users have been saddled with Apple's own Maps application. Unfortunately, the application was riddled with bugs, with inaccurate locations and no transit data. Though alternative options are available (like Nokia Maps or the web versions of Bing or Google Maps), many just wanted the Google Maps application they had come to know and love.

Last night, those users got their wish, as Google released its Google Maps application, and it seems like the app is a big hit. Google Maps for iPhone has already topped Apple's list of free apps and, as a result, enjoys prominent placement on the App Store homepage. The Next Web reports that Google Maps achieved this feat just seven hours after it was released. The application currently has nearly 13,000 reviews and is rated at 4.5 stars. Nearly 11,000 of the reviews carry five star ratings.

Google Maps is in good company at the top of the 'Top Free Apps' list. The top five contains three Google apps, with YouTube and Google Earth taking spots three and four, respectively. Spots two and five are occupied by two games, Fun Run and Interlocked.

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    Anonymous , December 13, 2012 9:21 PM
    google sure has some amazing products, apple is losing ground fast.
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    sliem , December 13, 2012 9:47 PM
    They shouldn't have shown Google Maps the door.
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    yannigr , December 13, 2012 9:59 PM
    Quote:
    The application currently has nearly 13,000 reviews and is rated at 4.5 stars. Nearly 11,000 of the reviews carry five star ratings.


    So nearly 2000 employees of Apple reviewed Google maps and gave it less than 5 stars.
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    pedro_mann , December 13, 2012 9:09 PM
    One can conclude, that of iPhone users who loved this app, none are avid Tom's Hardware Readers?
  • 15 Hide
    Anonymous , December 13, 2012 9:21 PM
    google sure has some amazing products, apple is losing ground fast.
  • 15 Hide
    sliem , December 13, 2012 9:47 PM
    They shouldn't have shown Google Maps the door.
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    hero1 , December 13, 2012 9:53 PM
    pedro_mannOne can conclude, that of iPhone users who loved this app, none are avid Tom's Hardware Readers?


    Excuse me but I am an avid TH reader. Perhaps you need to stop generalising. And I love the GMA. Keep it up Google and my next stop is SGIV! Screw you apple I'm going android.
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    robochump , December 13, 2012 9:58 PM
    Yay Google Maps! Def a one-up on Apple. I wonder why Google didnt offer all of the features it offered its Droid Maps version before now for iOS?!? Apple stated Google wanted to keep key features from iOS and felt Apple needed to dev its own Maps app. Go figure!
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    yannigr , December 13, 2012 9:59 PM
    Quote:
    The application currently has nearly 13,000 reviews and is rated at 4.5 stars. Nearly 11,000 of the reviews carry five star ratings.


    So nearly 2000 employees of Apple reviewed Google maps and gave it less than 5 stars.
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    robochump , December 13, 2012 9:59 PM
    fan2google sure has some amazing products, apple is losing ground fast.

    Lets not get crazy now...lol. Its a map app but Google def does have good development going on!
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    chicofehr , December 13, 2012 9:59 PM
    Its about time. The world is a safer place now.
  • 12 Hide
    kryzzay , December 13, 2012 10:03 PM
    Apple must have been cringing when they pressed the button on this one.

    Slowly but surely they're caving in......
  • 4 Hide
    internetlad , December 13, 2012 10:26 PM
    Up there with such classics as "12 days of iTunes, Angry Birds Starwars and Elf Yourself!

    Yeah, some real gems, iOS users.
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    tomfreak , December 13, 2012 11:07 PM
    brace urself Apple will remove this app due to some "compatibility" reason
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    ddpruitt , December 14, 2012 12:44 AM
    Google: "We don't even have to try anymore"
    Apple: "It's over"
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    otacon72 , December 14, 2012 12:52 AM
    Looks better on my iP5 than my friends S3....lol.
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    Neverdyne , December 14, 2012 1:30 AM
    I still can't use it, "not available in your country" damn it the Internet should be global.
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    Anonymous , December 14, 2012 2:30 AM
    "with YouTube and Google Earth taking spots three and four, respectively. Spots two and five are occupied by two games, Fun Run and Interlocked."

    Not per the graphic. Looks to me like Angry birds is #3.
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    razor512 , December 14, 2012 3:41 AM
    why don't people like the apple maps, they are much more abstract and unique and give people a unique perspective on the planet.
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    silverblue , December 14, 2012 5:34 AM
    Quote:
    Google Maps is Already the Most Popular Free iPhone App


    Altogether now...

    Aaaahahahahahaaa! :p 
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    sundragon , December 15, 2012 2:03 AM
    robochumpYay Google Maps! Def a one-up on Apple. I wonder why Google didnt offer all of the features it offered its Droid Maps version before now for iOS?!? Apple stated Google wanted to keep key features from iOS and felt Apple needed to dev its own Maps app. Go figure!


    Thanks for pointing that out :)  People think Apple did this because they didn't want Google Maps - The Google provided maps app hadn't been updated by Google since iOS 3... It was old and archaic. Google wasn't going to develop and application for a competing platform to Android... The rest is history....

    Sent from my Nexus 7
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