iOS users won’t have to put up with the glitches in Apple Maps for too long now, and are set to get the real deal from Google.
Apple’s decision to do away with Google Maps in iOS6 and introduce their own proprietary mapping solution didn’t work out so well with several users complaining about errors, and some Australian tourists even landing up miles away from their intended destination.
The wait is now over, and Google Maps for iOS will be available on the App Store starting today. This will be a full-featured app, which will include all the goodies that Google Maps is known for notably voice guided turn-by-turn navigation, Street View, live traffic info, public transit directions et al.
Here’s the official description from the iTunes preview page.
Navigate your world with Google Maps, now available for iPhone. Get comprehensive, accurate and easy-to-use maps with built-in Google local search, voice guided turn-by-turn navigation, public transit directions, Street View and more. Use Google Maps to discover great places to eat, drink, shop and play, with ratings and reviews from people you trust. Sign in to save your favorite places and quickly access all your past searches and directions from your computer, right on your phone.
* Find addresses, places and businesses around the world with Google local search.
* Discover places to eat, drink, shop and play, with ratings and local reviews.
* Sign in to sync your searches, directions, and favorite places between your computer and your phone.
* Get voice guided, turn-by-turn driving directions.
* Find your way by train, bus, subway or walking directions.
* Access live traffic information in cities across the world.
Street View and imagery
* View 360-degree panoramas of places around the globe with Street View.
* See inside more than 100,000 businesses worldwide.
* View high resolution satellite imagery of locations around the world.
Simple and easy to use
* An entirely new Google Maps experience on your iPhone.
* Newly designed and streamlined interface for even easier navigation of your world.
* Use gestures to explore the map and browse results.
Looks like Google finally decided enough was enough. Why should the poor users suffer just because Apple wanted to be stubborn? Furthermore, this is a nice way of showing Apple exactly how a mapping and navigation solution should be. Good Going Google, and Happy mapping to iOS users.
Via Google Lat-Long