Google Maps back on iOS

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After a long comedy of errors culminating in the Mildura debacle on Monday, Google Maps has arrived back in the iTunes app store.

(Credit: Google)

Ever since it launched, Apple's Maps service has been plagued with errors — misaligned topography, things not being where they're supposed to be, misnamed streets, bad directions. The culmination came on Monday when Victoria Police issued a warning that using the service could be potentially life-threatening after several travellers got stranded out in the desert due to bad directions.

Now, quietly, the app has arrived back optimised for iPhone — for free and with an updated icon. According to the description, it has voice-guided turn-by-turn navigation; street view; driving, walking and public transport directions; the ability to see inside more than 100,000 business worldwide; satellite view; gesture control; and a newly designed and streamlined interface.

Google has confirmed that the app has launched in a blog post, saying:

"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... The new Google Maps app is available for the iPhone and iPod Touch (4th gen) iOS 5.1 and higher, in more than 40 countries and 29 languages, including Chinese, Dutch, English, French, German, Italian, Japanese and Spanish. Please note some of the features mentioned in this post aren't available in all countries."

It has also released the Google Maps SDK for iOS.

CNET Australia has contacted Apple for comment and we will update this story when we have more information.

You can find Google Maps for iOS here.

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Im Batman posted a comment   

The SDK for the developers is going to make things interesting for where maps are called from other applications, it first checks to see of google maps is installed, if not it reverts to apple maps... But allows a means of for google maps to be almost observed as the default maps.


SteveB3 posted a comment   

I downloaded NavFree to my personal and work phones. Considering the cost of iPhones we shouldn't have to.


LeonidasP posted a comment   

The new google maps app has voice navigation as well. Everyone is going to basically switch back to using google maps. So what was the point of Apple maps? Apple maps will get better over time as people use it, but if nobody uses it then...


Aionios posted a comment   

Well there goes one of my android advantages :-P

But on a serious note, i think this highlights one of the issues with society these days and their exclusive reliance on GPS electronics. What happened to looking at street signs and having a trusty paperback street directory on the car. I think the "getting lost" issue is more embarrassing for the individuals rather than the software/hardware manufacturers. If one is planning a trip, have a contingencies in place.


NainD posted a comment   

Thank you !!! now i can update to 6.0.1!! Thank you Google!!


DefconOne posted a comment   

Be nice. Their pride has been dented. Enjoy the awesome Google Maps everyone.


rkc_62 posted a comment   

Thankyou Google. According to Google I can get home without driving through the middle of a high-security, heavily defended military installation, whereas Apple told me that was the only way home!
So much better than the native iOS app or the old Google one.


129 posted a comment   

Lol I was just thinking the same =D


ShashikantL posted a comment   

I could download it for my iPad. Thanks Apple is back with google maps. Apple maps was a disaster.

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