Posted 12/14/2012 at 9:21 AM
Posted 5 years ago
After months of anticipation and bickering between Google and Apple, Google Maps finally hit the iOS App Store yesterday and proved a big hit with iPhone and iPod Touch users, topping the charts almost immediately after it was released.
Apple’s decision to drop Google Maps from iOS 6, and the subsequent failings of their own replacement, has been well documented and many people have put off upgrading to the new Apple operating system as a result. However, the fact that Google Maps has been made available, and is being well received by users, may in fact help Apple by boosting sales of the iPhone 5 and increasing upgrades to iOS 6.
At the time of writing, Google Maps has a rating of 4.5/5 from almost 3,250 ratings, and has stormed to the top of the charts in most of the 40 countries where it is available, replacing apps such as Angry Birds Star Wars, Apple’s own 12 Days of Christmas, and YouTube along the way.
“People around the world have been asking for Google Maps on iPhone.” said Director of Google Maps Daniel Graf in a company blog post. “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.”
Taking a subtle swipe at Apple, Graf also added, “The app shows more map on screen and turns mobile mapping into one intuitive experience. It’s a sharper looking, vector-based map that loads quickly and provides smooth tilting and rotating of 2D and 3D views.”
Google Maps is free to download and will run on devices with iOS 5.1 and above. The app has been optimized for the larger 4.0-inch screen of the iPhone 5, as well as iPhone and iPod Touch devices sporting the traditional 3.5-inch display. As of yet there is no dedicated app for the iPad, but users can download and use the iPhone offering.
“The world around us is constantly changing and, thanks to feedback from you, we make tens of thousands of daily updates to keep Google Maps accurate and comprehensive,” said Graf in his post. It is good to see that iOS 6 finally has the Maps app it deserves.
You can see what Google Maps has to offer here.