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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: Is this the same app....
By Tony Swash on 12/13/2012 10:44:26 AM , Rating: 0
This summed it up:

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Google’s Directionless Map Strategy

Google’s Android strategy is inconsistent and incomprehensible. Apple never would have created its own mapping program at all if Google hadn’t denied Apple audible turn-by-turn directions. Now – after Apple has integrated their own maps into their iOS operating system – Google gives Apple everything they ever wanted. How does that make any sense?

If Google wanted to deny Apple access to features that were on Android, then they shouldn’t have created Google Maps for iOS. If they wanted iOS eyeballs, then they should have given Apple turn-by-turn directions BEFORE Apple effectively un-integrated Google maps. The whole affair was completely counter-productive for all involved.

You can’t have it both ways. Either Google should be in the business of being on every mobile platform or Google should be in the business of Android. Trying to pursue both strategies is like trying to keep one foot on the dock and the other on the boat. You can’t get anywhere and it’s going to sink you sooner or later.


http://techpinions.com/googles-directionless-map-s...


RE: Is this the same app....
By theapparition on 12/13/2012 11:02:38 AM , Rating: 2
It doesn't sum it up because that's a flawed analysis.

Apple demanded Google's proprietary info to include in it's base OS release to enable Turn-by-turn. Google refused but countered by wanting access to Apple's API to program that function in. Apple refused that.

So because both sides refused to budge, the result is a mess. But Apple has just as much blame in this game. That analysis was quite one sided that it was only Google who dropped the ball.


RE: Is this the same app....
By bkslopper on 12/13/2012 11:07:46 AM , Rating: 2
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You can’t have it both ways. Either Google should be in the business of being on every mobile platform or Google should be in the business of Android. Trying to pursue both strategies is like trying to keep one foot on the dock and the other on the boat. You can’t get anywhere and it’s going to sink you sooner or later.


Yeah, look up Microsoft in the 1980's. They wrote Apps for Mac, while promoting Windows which was enbraced by many 3rd party vendors. Sound familiar? iOS will probably go the same route as Mac, niche.


RE: Is this the same app....
By ritualm on 12/13/2012 11:50:50 AM , Rating: 2
quote:
This summed it up:

Not surprisingly, it is magically ghostwritten by a pro-Apple, anti-Google fanboy.

It's official: a baby in a vegetative state with all four limbs hacked off is more deserving of oxygen than you.


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