Finally, Google releases Google Maps on iOS. Since the withdrawal of Google Maps from Apple iOS 6 (by Apple), there are so many negative feedback on Apple Maps. Everyone is asking about the return of Google Maps. The day has come.
I know you need no introduction to Google Maps.
If you are searching on iOS device, I suggest you search for “Google, inc” if you cannot find the app immediately.
Google has also made a fun video on the Google Maps app arrival on Apple devices.
BTW, the maps is in vector format (I like). You can rotate and pan the maps. And there is also Street View. A little tricky to see it if you use it for the first time.
- First, you will need to select a location.
- Then when the address shows up, you can slide up the address to reveal more information.
- If the place has Street View, you can see a picture with Street View.
- Click on it to use Street View
If you need more information, check out Google blog post.
For your information, this Google Maps is for iPod Touch and iPhone only. It is not optimized for iPad (yet). And it is available on 40 countries as of this writing.
Update: Here is the Press Release from Google Singapore
Google Maps is now available for iPhone
Today, we’re pleased to announce that Google Maps is available across the world for free in the Apple App Store
SINGAPORE, December 13, 2012: 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. 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 map on screen and turns mobile mapping into one intuitive experience. It’s a sharper looking, vector-based map that loads quickly and provides smooth tilting and rotating of 2D and 3D views. The search box at the top is a good place to start—perhaps by entering the name of a new and interesting restaurant. An expandable info sheet at the bottom shows the address, opening hours, ratings and reviews, images, directions and other information.
At the heart of this app is our constantly improving map of the world that includes detailed information for more than 80 million businesses and points of interest around the world. Preview where you want to go with Street View or decide on the best route with Navigation. To get you to your destination as quickly and easily as possible, you’ve got voice-guided, turn-by-turn navigation, live traffic conditions to avoid the jams and if you want to use public transportation, find information for more than one million public transit stops globally.
The world around us is constantly changing and, thanks to feedback from you, we make tens of thousands of daily updates to keep Google Maps accurate and comprehensive. Here’s a helpful hint for the new app: if you see something off, simply shake your phone to send us feedback.
To complete the Google Maps ecosystem, we’re also releasing the Google Maps SDK for iOS and a simple URL scheme to help developers easily use Google Maps when building their beautiful and innovative apps.
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 Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese, Dutch, English, French, German, Italian, Japanese and Spanish.
Visit the App Store today and download the new Google Maps app. We believe this delightful new experience is a great starting point—and we’ll continue to improve Google Maps for you, every day.