Google Maps Comes (Back) to Apple’s iPhone, Available Now

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Google has brought Google Maps back to Apple's App Store and the iPhone. Though Google leaked doubts that Apple would approve the app, the company has pushed a full-featured Maps app for iPhone that brings turn-by-turn voice directions, mass transit directions, live traffic data, panoramic views, high-res satellite views, and more.

The move comes after Apple removed the original Maps app that was powered by Google from iOS 6. That release has been met with criticism, including a major problem in Australia, and it resulted in a major shakeup at Apple. The new Google Maps app means that iPhone owners can now choose whichever Maps app they prefer.

Google Maps

Google Maps for iPhone Screenshot

Google's Release Notes:


Description

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.

Search

  • 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.

Directions

  • 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.

Google Maps is a free download and is available now on the App Store.

Comments

dave

There was ZERO chance of Maps having these features until Apple put out their mapping backend.

rob

Actually pretty impressive app. Apple will be a while catching up, as even if they correct their maps they don’t have street view (- or live traffic (yet) as I found out to my disappointment).
Turning on the link to phone accelerometer when in streetview is a great way to use streetview IMHO.
Thanks google.

dhp

Does it have vector maps? No mention in the description.

dhp

To answer my own question: Yes, apparently it has vector maps.

MacDave

This is what sets the Apple maps apart from Google’s new Maps. Apple maps ingrates the device’s contact information during install, as it should. Google maps doesn’t have access to my iPad/iPhone contact list. Why? I have no idea. It would be nice to type in a contact for directions.
Seems to me Google was in a rush to get this thing out. I understand Apple and Google are in this War of sorts, buy come on!

b9bot

That’s nice but I don’t need this anymore.

geoduck

Foil Hat Time
Could this have been what Apple wanted all along? These were the features (and more) that Google wasn’t coming through with for the iOS version, and now they have. Google wouldn’t update their app without getting access to all sorts of personal user data, and now they have.

Lee Dronick

“This is what sets the Apple maps apart from Google’s new Maps. Apple maps ingrates the device’s contact information during install, as it should. Google maps doesn’t have access to my iPad/iPhone contact list. Why? I have no idea. It would be nice to type in a contact for directions.”

If I understand the situation correctly, 3rd party apps can not access the Address Book/Contact list.

Geoduck, it is quite possible that Google Maps got 86’d because they crippled the app when compared to Android.

I wonder how many iPhone users will bother downloading a 3rd party map app. Apple will continue to improve Maps.

Bosco (Brad Hutchings)

I wonder how many iPhone users will bother downloading a 3rd party map app. Apple will continue to improve Maps.

Google Maps is number 1 on the App Store right now. BTW, if you need integration with your contacts, just switch to Android. You get a lot of other simple to use integration between apps as well. And you don’t have to wait for the OS vendor to build in specific integrations. So if some cool new photo sharing service appears on the net, and they make an Android app, you’ll probably be able to share any picture from any app that manipulates pictures with that service. Amazing, huh?

John Dingler, artist

I love that Apple goes on its own, and successfully, when developers like Google and providers like Samsung try to demean, marginalize, and steal from it.

John Dingler, artist

Goofle pulled a MS on Apple by not giving iPhone users the full maps experience, this, by not offering free turn by turn capability, limiting it to its own Android OS. Naturally, Apple heroically developed it’s own mapping app causing Google Naps to lose approx. 200 million maps users. Oops!

Then quite rapidly, Google reversed its policy to keep mobile maps on iPhone inferior to Google’s, self-flaggelating themselves, and just released Google Naps for iOS that is superior to the Android OS. It even copied Apple’s vector maps. How embarrassing it must be for Goofle. *S*

Perry Clease

“Google Maps is number 1 on the App Store right now”

So what?

“if you need integration with your contacts, just switch to Android.”

There is no need to downgrade to Android, contact intergration works great with iOS Maps.

Michaela Herz

Oh well… Apple took it a bit too far when they thought they could keep the project in house, become independent from Google and still do well! In fact not just well but beat the competition on a field where G maps has years of experience?!?? I think that’s an excess of corporate confidence. And the truth is that there are a bunch of emerging apps out there that do a great job and yet receive not enough attention! I think these two are some good examples http://www.mevvy.com/tools/inrix-traffic/ or http://www.mevvy.com/tools/waze/in the end why fuel the giants when we all need business and specially startups???

Lee Dronick

I downloaded it yesterday and messed around with it. I doubt that I will make it my primary map app, overall I am not caring for it. The only plus to it from my perspective is that it has better traffic conditions that iOS Maps. I suppose eventually they will have an iPad optimized version.

I do take the city bus several times a month and transit stops is one feature not yet, if ever, in Maps. However, yesterday I also downloaded the San Diego Transit app and I like that much better because it gives me the schedule for a particular stop.

Now take a look at today’s Joy of Tech comic, it is about Google and Apple’s map apps. http://www.geekculture.com/joyoftech/joyimages/1780.jpg

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