Google Maps iPhone app tops 10m downloads in 48 hours

The new Google Maps iPhone app topped a staggering 10 million downloads in its opening 48 hours, Google’s Jeff Huber has confirmed.

One of the most successful app launches ever, the Google Maps iPhone app had been coveted by many iPhone users after the recent iOS 6 update saw Google’s mapping software replaced by the iPad mini manufacturer’s own branded, and issue hit Apple Maps service.

Storming to the top of the iPhone app download charts within hours of launch, Google’s Senior Vice President of Commerce and Local, Jeff Huber has now revealed the true success of the Google Maps iPhone app, taking to Google Plus to declare “More than 10 million download in less than 48 hours after release.”

Speaking via the Google themed social network, Huber added: “We’re excited for the positive reception of Google Maps for iPhone around the world. Congratulations to the Maps Team on the recognition for the passion and hard work they poured into it, for this release and over the last 7 years.”

Still currently topping the Apple App Store iPhone app download charts, reception to the new Google Maps iPhone app has been good with the free to download application currently hosting a 4.5/5 rating based on 4,924 user reviews in the UK. One of the main complaints about the service, however, is that the Google Maps iOS app is currently supported only by devices such as the iPhone 5 and 2012 iPod Touch. An iPad compatible version has yet to be confirmed.

Although Apple has addressed a number of the core issues with its Apple Maps system since launch, the rapid uptake of the Google Maps iPhone app seems to suggest that the Cupertino company will struggle to shake the damaging first impressions.

Whilst continuing to improve, Australian police last week said that Apple Maps is ‘potentially life-threatening’ after the iOS 6 service repeatedly directly users trying to find the town of Midura into an expansive national park 70km away.

Declaring Apple Maps’ flaws as “a potentially life threatening issue,” Australian authorities stated that motorists “have been stranded for up to 24 hours without food or water and have walked long distances through dangerous terrain to get phone reception.”

Were you one of the 10 million to download the new Google Maps iPhone app within its first 48 hours? Are you happy to have Google Maps back on your iPhone or were you content with Apple’s offering? Let us know via the Trusted Reviews Twitter and Facebook feeds or through the comment boxes below.

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