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