Google Maps Comes To iOS – Turn-By-Turn Navigation Retained

By Prarthito Maity | Dec 13, 2012 10:36 AM EST

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Finally some good news for all Apple iOS-based Google Maps fans. Per reports, the new Google Maps application for iOS devices has been released by the company.

Apple, with the introduction of iOS 6, decided that the company would have nothing to do with anything that has a Google label on it, mostly owing to the continued patent battles between both the companies, and accordingly came the native Apple Maps that was dealt with heavy criticism for its faulty imagery and less than satisfactory output. However, it seems like now Apple can wave that embarrassing era goodbye for good with the Google Maps making its way to the App Store.

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“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,” the official Google Blog states. “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.”

A new Google Maps app for iOS has been in talks for quite some time now. Google was already aware of the problems the iOS users were previously facing with the Apple-built Maps feature, which was developed by the Cupertino-based company in an attempt to neutralize any kind of existing Google support on Apple devices.

However, while iOS 6 was clearly a step up from iOS 5 and offered some new features for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch users to utilize, Apple’s in-house iOS 6 Maps app was tagged a failure by one and all, with users still waiting for some kind of an update or fix to the problem.

Back to the current topic, the new app is now showing “more map on screen and turns mobile mapping into one intuitive experience.” Google claims that the Map is now a “sharper looking, vector-based map that loads quickly and provides smooth tilting and rotating of 2D and 3D views.”

Moreover, there is a search box at the top which is a good place to start looking for places. “An expandable info sheet at the bottom shows the address, opening hours, ratings and reviews, images, directions and other information.”

“Preview where you want to go with Street View and see inside places with Business Photos to decide on a table or see if it’s better at the bar. To get you there, you’ve got voice-guided, turn-by-turn navigation, live traffic conditions to avoid the jams and if you want to use public transportation, find information for more than one million public transit stops,” the page adds.

The new Google Maps app is available for the iPhone and iPod Touch (fourth gen) iOS 5.1 and higher, in more than 40 countries and 29 languages, including Chinese, Dutch, English, French, German, Italian, Japanese and Spanish.

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