Google Maps for iOS Released
December 12, 2012 11:41 PM
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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
, to horrible rendering of terrain became fodder for the online media and even mainstream media -- not to mention
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.
, transit directions, walking directions, traffic data, and restaurant reviews (provided by
) 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.
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RE: Is this the same app....
12/13/2012 11:02:38 AM
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.
"And boy have we patented it!" -- Steve Jobs, Macworld 2007
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