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"iOS Maps, you're fired!"

To say that Apple Maps for iOS 6 has been a blunder is quite the understatement. Ever since iOS 6 was released to the public a few months ago, complaints began rolling out about the mapping services. Everything from misplaced roads, to wonky directions, to horrible rendering of terrain became fodder for the online media and even mainstream media -- not to mention Apple's customers and Apple's competitors.
Things got so bad that Apple CEO Tim Cook even apologized to Apple customers
However, even as Apple is looking to improve its native Maps application on a continuing basis, Google is looking to offers users a seasoned alternative -- Google Maps. The refreshed Google Maps app for iOS has all the goodies (and more) that users loved before Apple decided to give the application the boot for its own homegrown solution.
Street View, transit directions, walking directions, traffic data, and restaurant reviews (provided by Zagat) are all included. And in case you were wondering, yes, turn-by-turn navigation is front in center in the new Google Maps iOS app.
For users of Android smartphones, none of this stuff is really news to you -- you've been enjoying such functionality for years. However, for Apple customers that have complained about Apple's native Maps app, you now can install an alternative that appears to be better in nearly every way.


Sources: Google, iTunes

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RE: Interface is pretty slow
By TakinYourPoints on 12/13/2012 5:31:22 AM , Rating: 2
Why would you even hope that Google go out of their way to improve a competitors product? Like it is Googles responsibility?

It is Google's responsibility to make money, and they make more from iOS than they do from Android. It is totally in their interest to make good apps on iOS unless they want to cut off a major source of revenue, and according to Google their best version of Maps is the new iOS version. I'm certain that they'll bring them both to parity with each other like they did with the GMail app.

RE: Interface is pretty slow
By bupkus on 12/13/2012 6:57:52 PM , Rating: 2
Again, a demonstration of competition as being good for everyone.

The Apple maps fiasco left a window open for Google maps placement in Apple's devices. This opportunity required that Google provide a superior app than anything Apple could rapidly respond with. This placement is very important to Google and will assure a superior maps app for both Apple and Android users.


RE: Interface is pretty slow
By TakinYourPoints on 12/13/2012 7:24:34 PM , Rating: 2
Yup, competition is always good, keeps everyone on their toes!

This reminds me of when there was actually competition in CPUs and GPUs about ten years ago, resulting in very fast product cycles. Now AMD can barely compete with Intel in the mid and high end, which is a damn shame because I want Haswell NOW. :)

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