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Rejoice! Google Maps for iPhone is Here

By - Source: Google | B 36 comments

It's a Christmas miracle!

When Apple's Maps was released, there were a lot of complaints regarding the application. However, one of the biggest complaints people had was that Google Maps wasn't among the alternative solutions. Despite the fact that Google Maps had been running on iOS since the beginning, users unhappy with Apple's own solution were unable to switch back to the old mapping application because there wasn't a Google Maps for iOS 6.

When complaints about Apple Maps reached a dull roar, talk of Google developing an iOS 6 app started doing the rounds. When rumors emerged that said Google had submitted an application for App Store approval, the search giant denied it. However, it seems Google has been hard at work developing an iOS app, as Google Maps for iPhone is now available in the App Store. The application launched late last night and has already amassed over 1000 reviews and more than 900 of them are five stars.

"People around the world have been asking for Google Maps on iPhone. Starting today, we’re pleased to announce that Google Maps is here—rolling out across the world in the Apple App Store," Google said last night. "It's designed from the ground up to combine the comprehensiveness and accuracy of Google Maps with an interface that makes finding what you’re looking for faster and easier."

Google Maps for iPhone is available for iPhones and iPod touches running iOS 5.1 and higher in more than 40 countries and 29 languages. These include Chinese, Dutch, English, French, German, Italian, Japanese and Spanish. As you may have gathered, there isn't any iPad support. That said, the app works just fine on Apple's tablet, it's just not scaled for the iPad's larger screen real estate.

Apple has yet to comment on the release of Google Maps for iPhone, but it will be interesting to see if Google Maps remains available long term. Apple has been known to reject applications that replicate existing functionality. Get it while you can, guys.

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    amk-aka-Phantom , December 13, 2012 2:34 PM
    Be0wulf22What did they do to it?? It's nothing like the previous app we had. It works about as well as opening up googlemaps.com in safari. Disappointed.


    Still better than Apple Maps.
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    rjkucia , December 13, 2012 2:27 PM
    And then Apple removes it for replicating functionality.
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    house70 , December 13, 2012 4:12 PM
    rjkuciaAnd then Apple removes it for replicating functionality.

    That's the joke of the day (Apple Maps being functional, that is).
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    rjkucia , December 13, 2012 2:27 PM
    And then Apple removes it for replicating functionality.
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    Usersname , December 13, 2012 2:29 PM
    rjkuciaAnd then Apple removes it for replicating functionality.
    That's if they can find it.
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    amk-aka-Phantom , December 13, 2012 2:32 PM
    Quote:
    It's designed from the ground up


    That, together will "all-new", tops my chart of "Most hated marketing phrases".
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    Be0wulf22 , December 13, 2012 2:32 PM
    What did they do to it?? It's nothing like the previous app we had. It works about as well as opening up googlemaps.com in safari. Disappointed. :( 
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    amk-aka-Phantom , December 13, 2012 2:33 PM
    amk-aka-phantomThat, together will "all-new", tops my chart of "Most hated marketing phrases".


    I mean... how else are you supposed to design something? Imagine: you're designing a maps app. So instead of starting from scratch and creating an app step by step, you take a puzzle game and slap it on top of some maps...

    ... oh wait, that's Apple Maps. Well, I guess it HAD to be pointed out in this case.
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    amk-aka-Phantom , December 13, 2012 2:34 PM
    Be0wulf22What did they do to it?? It's nothing like the previous app we had. It works about as well as opening up googlemaps.com in safari. Disappointed.


    Still better than Apple Maps.
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    jn77 , December 13, 2012 2:54 PM
    If google re-builds it using HTML 5 and gives you the URL apple will have to choke on it.
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    whiteodian , December 13, 2012 3:07 PM
    Be0wulf22What did they do to it?? It's nothing like the previous app we had. It works about as well as opening up googlemaps.com in safari. Disappointed.
    It is slow and choppy compared to Apple Maps. Can't wait for my Nexus 4 to be shipped.
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    house70 , December 13, 2012 3:14 PM
    stratplayaApple maps works. I've never had an issue. Things got out of hand when a few fan bois with jobs in journalism actually tried to follow directions.

    All fixed now.
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    godfather666 , December 13, 2012 3:16 PM
    Prediction: It will become the most downloaded app in the history of the iPhone.
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    godfather666 , December 13, 2012 3:18 PM
    To me, it is a great improvement over Apple Maps, because it has much better traffic data and can find faster routes, especially during rush hour.
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    SneakySnake , December 13, 2012 3:20 PM
    Ironically google is admitting that the iOS version of the maps app is better then the android one, at least that's what techcrunch is saying.
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    tiret , December 13, 2012 3:31 PM
    so let me get this straight - apple needs a product from google (its enemy in the OS game) to tell their sheep how to get from the pen to the green fields. because their own app is that sh*t!!!
    lol
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    Anonymous , December 13, 2012 3:51 PM
    Quote:
    When rumors emerged that said Google had submitted an application for App Store approval, the search giant denied it. However, it seems Google has been hard at work developing an iOS app, as Google Maps for iPhone is now available in the App Store.


    From you article you imply the search giant did not deny their own app, apple did but say google denied it...
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    darth pravus , December 13, 2012 3:54 PM
    They could remove it due to existing functionality is apple maps actually had the same functionality :) 
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    house70 , December 13, 2012 4:12 PM
    rjkuciaAnd then Apple removes it for replicating functionality.

    That's the joke of the day (Apple Maps being functional, that is).
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    gggplaya , December 13, 2012 4:20 PM
    amk-aka-phantomI mean... how else are you supposed to design something? Imagine: you're designing a maps app. So instead of starting from scratch and creating an app step by step, you take a puzzle game and slap it on top of some maps...... oh wait, that's Apple Maps. Well, I guess it HAD to be pointed out in this case.


    Get an android phone. Maps is quick, clear, and has full vehicle navigation like you'd buy in a store. It's been like that for like 3-4 years now.

    Google can't try to fix the iphone, they would help apple be in direct competition with itself. So you get the watered down version of maps, same as on safari.

    As far as maps and navigation go, android > apple.
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    john15v16 , December 13, 2012 4:46 PM
    @iphone users...welcome back to the benefits of android. -smile-
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    Bloob , December 13, 2012 5:02 PM
    Or you know, open a browser and m.here.com ...
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