Google Maps for iPhone returns, now available at Apple App Store

By on Dec 13, 2012 in Software, Technology, World Comments

The Google Maps app is back at the Apple App Store, and is available again for Apple users; just days after Mildura Police in Australia confirmed that Apple Maps have caused a number of motorists were stranded in the middle of the Murray Sunset National Park in recent weeks due to wrong listing of maps.

Google Maps on iPhone

Google Maps on iPhones
Image Credit: Googleblog.blogspot.com

As noted at the Apple App Store today, Thursday, December 13, 2012, the free Google Maps app will be available for users of iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, iPod touch (3rd generation), iPod touch (4th generation), iPod touch (5th generation) and iPad, and requires iOS 5.1 or later.

According to Apple, Google Maps will be available in 26 languages including English, Catalan, Chinese, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hungarian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Slovak, Spanish, Swedish, Turkish, Ukrainian, and Vietnamese.

“People around the world have been asking for Google Maps on iPhone. Starting today, we’re pleased to announce that Google Maps is here—rolling out across the world in the Apple App Store.” A statement reads at the official Google blog that day, with the vector-based map providing rotating of 2D and 3D views.

“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 app shows more maps on screen and turns mobile mapping into one intuitive experience.” Google added.

Back in September, Apple removed Google Maps over dispute regarding revenue shares, advertising, and the provision of those navigation and vector functions. Apple released the Apple Maps, but earned a lot of complaints from users, citing lack of public transit directions, misplaced landmarks, among others.

Later, Apple CEO Tim Cook apologized and even recommended customers to use other maps from competitors such as from Bing, Nokia, and Google. Last October, iOS VP Scott Forstall and retail VP John Browett were reportedly fired from Apple, and was followed by Maps group manager, Rich Williamson.



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