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Google Maps is Already the Most Popular Free iPhone App

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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