Google Maps back on iOS

Posted on December 12, 2012 11:44 am

I have officially abandoned Apple Maps because Google Maps have found their way back to our iPhones, some iPad and iPods versions. Google Maps, the world’s most popular online mapping system returned this evening with the release of the Google Maps’ iPhone app. The release comes roughly months after Apple replaced Google Maps as the device’s built-in navigation system and inserted its own maps into the latest version of its mobile operating system but luckily Google has brought in much respite to users who were yearning for the app after being let down by apple maps released with iPhone 5. I am one of those who have been eagerly awaiting Google Maps on iPhone.Definitely, am pleased to see Google Maps in the Apple App Store and have downloaded it already. It’s totally different from the annoying and awful inaccurate apple maps. So far am impressed by the app how it shows more map on screen and turns mobile mapping into one intuitive experience.

It’s a razor sharp look, vector-based map that loads quickly and provides smooth tilting and rotating of 2D and 3D views. I think the search box at the top is a good place to start while an expandable info sheet at the bottom shows address, opening hours, ratings and reviews, images, directions and other information. Apple has been plagued by complains over its inaccurate and seeming incomplete Maps app. Few days ago, police in Australia advised citizens against using the application after it led some drivers to a snake-infested desert. Am also delighted that Google Map is compatible with my ancient iPhone 3GS,my iPhone 4, my iPhone 4S and my iPhone 5, but am disgusted that my ancient iPad is not compatible and only the iPad 3 has worked well. Google has also brought Street View to Apple, allowing users to enjoy 360-degree views of various places and see the interiors of over 100,000 businesses across the globe. Google Maps app key features that I have seen include voice-guided turn-by-turn navigation, live traffic info, local business search and gesture controls for exploring maps. The absence of voice-guided turn-by-turn navigation on iOS was said to be the reason as to why Apple dumped Google Maps from its platform. Google offered this feature on its own Android mobile operating system, which competes with Apple’s iOS but now we have it.

Contador Harrison