Long awaited following September’s iOS 6 update which saw the iPhone’s longstanding integrated Google Maps service replaced by the heavily flawed Apple Maps, the official Google Maps iPhone app was formally launched earlier today with the Google service becoming an instant hit.
Free to download, the new Google Maps iPhone app has rapidly rushed to the top of the Apple App Store download charts and, whilst official download figures are unavailable, at the time of writing the application has received close to 2,000 users reviews with an average rating of 4.5/5.
“People around the world have been asking for Google Maps on iPhone,” Daniel Graf, Director of Google Maps for Mobile announced via the official Google blog. “Starting today, we’re pleased to announce that Google Maps is here. “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.”
Continuing his less than subtle dig at the far from smooth introduction of Apple Maps, Graf 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.
“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. Here’s a helpful hint for the new app: if you see something off, simply shake your phone to send us feedback.”
Compatible with iPhones running iOS 5.1 or later, the Google Maps iPhone app has been fully optimised for the larger, 4-inch iPhone 5 display with iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S devices also supported. Not limited solely to Apple’s smartphone offerings will also work with iPod Touch devices. Although a dedicated Google Maps iPad app has yet to be released, the current iPhone offering will work in a reduced form.
Available in more than 40 countries and 29 languages, the new Google Maps iPhone app features a raft of the service’s much loved computer based features including Street View, Business Photos, satellite views and live traffic conditions. Elsewhere, voice-guided turn-by-turn navigation and public transport updates are also included.
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