Google Maps for iOS now available

Google Maps for iOS now available

Summary: Google today released a dedicated Google Maps for iPhone and iPod Touch, three months after Apple opted to go native and remove Google's software from its platform.

TOPICS: Google, Apple, Apps, iOS

Google has released the Google Maps app for Apple's iPhone and iPod devices, three months after Apple replaced the former's mapping service with its native map app.

Google Maps on iPhone
Google Maps on iPhone (Credit: Google)


In a blog post Wednesday, Daniel Graf, director of Google Maps for mobile, said the app is now available in Apple App Store for iPhone and the 4th generation iPod Touch with iOS 5.1 and higher. The app is available in more than 40 countries and 29 languages, including Chinese and Japanese, he added.

"People around the world have been asking for Google Maps on iPhone. Starting today, we're pleased to announce that Google Maps is here--rolling out across the world in the Apple App Store. 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," Graf wrote.

The search giant has also released the Google Maps SDK so developers can include Google Maps when developing their iOS apps, he said.

Apple replaced Google Maps with Apple Maps as the default app when it released the iOS 6, in part to decrease its reliance on Google.

However, Apple Maps was not well-received as some maps lacked the details and accuracy previously found in Google Maps. As a result, Cupertino increased its efforts to recruit developers to improve the software and CEO Tim Cook even issued an apology to consumers for the half-baked initial effort.

It was also reported that former Apple senior vice-president for iOS software, Scott Forstall, subsequently left the company for refusing to apologize for the Maps debacle.

Topics: Google, Apple, Apps, iOS

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  • "in part to decrease its reliance on Google" -- in little part, actually

    Google's map did not provide:
    1) voice,
    2) turn-by-turn naviation,
    3) fast vector graphics,
    4) super hi-quality flyover (this is exclusive for Apple's maps).

    Google only brought some of those features in this standalone version; they did not want to provide it before.
  • Not true.

    Not true. They *were* willing to provide everything before (With the exception of 'super hi-quality flyover' which doesn't even mean anything. Google does have high-quality satellite imagery... Giving it a new weird name doesn't make it any cooler.)

    Apple owned and had control over the old Maps app. They licensed all of the data and directions from Google. The terms of the agreement did not include turn by turn navigation. Apple wanted to add that feature, but refused to negotiate new license terms or give Google more control over 'their' app.

    You can always spin the story to fit your agenda.
    • Google started to be "willing" only after it was booted by Apple, not any

      ... second earlier than that.

      This is because they wanted to keep those features I listed to their own platform, Android. Now, when Apple implemented those features itself, they had no choice but to provide the needed functionality. But, of course, they lost the most of contextual advertisement in maps, since by default people will use Apple's maps.
    • True...

      I agree on that.