Google Maps for iPhone Sees 10 Million Downloads in 48 Hours

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Google Maps for iPhoneGoogle announced on Monday that its new Google Maps app for iPhone was downloaded some 10 million times in the first 48 hours of availability. The app was launched on the App Store on Thursday, December 13th, after Apple displaced Google's service in favor of its own Apple Maps with the release of iOS 6 in September.

Since then, Apple Maps has been met with criticisms, complaints, and even a warning from Australian police not to rely on it. The reality is that Apple has been improving Apple Maps at a brisk clip, but the stuttering start paved the way for Google to make a grand re-entrance to the iOS ecosystem, and that's just what Google Maps did.

"We're excited for the positive reception of Google Maps for iPhone around the world, Senior Vice President, Commerce & Local at Google, wrote in a blog post. "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."

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

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“Google Maps is free and available now on the App Store.”

It’s not free. It just won’t cost you any money.

Bryan Chaffin

‘Tis a fair point, wab! smile


10 million people downloaded it (like me), and 2 million people will end up using it (like me).

I can’t even guess how many apps I’ve downloaded but never used. They live in iTunes but were removed from my iPhone shortly after the first launch.


It will be interesting to see what that number is after a month as compared to the 200+ million iOS X device users that upgraded over that time frame. It may be that google doesn’t lose so much given that only a portion of folks actually use any given app but…this had to sting and sting badly.

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