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Google Maps for iOS gets 10M downloads in just 2 days

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Google Maps for iOS gets 10M downloads in just 2 days
Google Maps for iOS has been pretty big news over the past week. It was released to critical praise, and jumped to the top spot in the iTunes App Store in just 7 hours. The release was so big that there were even reports that Apple execs were "seething" over it all. Well, they aren't likely to be too happy about this news either: Google Maps apparently saw 10 million downloads in its first two days on the market.

The news was announced today by Jeff Huber, Google's senior VP for Geo and Commerce. Huber went on to give his team praise, saying:
We’re excited for the positive reception of Google Maps for iPhone around the world. Congratulations to the Maps Team on the recognition for the passion and hard work they poured into it, for this release and over the last 7+ years.

10 million downloads in just the first 48 hours is pretty impressive, but we'd like to know just a bit more about that number. 

Some sites are reporting that 10 million downloads represents 2.5% of all iOS devices sold, but that's not accurate. The number would be accurate if the Google download number were US only and if we went by the iOS sales figures from September. We don't know if the Google Maps download numbers are US or worldwide, but we do know that there have been a lot of iOS devices sold since September with the release of the iPhone 5, iPad mini, and iPad 4. So, the real number is somewhere less than 2.5%, but we're not sure how much. And, of course Google Maps will have seen quite a lot more downloads in the past week as well.

So, we can't break down the numbers properly, but it seems safe to say that Google Maps on iOS is a full on success.

source: Jeff Huber

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posted on 17 Dec 2012, 15:29 17

1. Droiddoes (unregistered)


LMAO, has apple even sold 10m iphone 5s?

EDIT: oops michael h article, not allowed to criticise apple, moderation in 3, 2, 1....

posted on 17 Dec 2012, 15:39 4

4. MichaelHeller (Posts: 2686; Member since: 26 May 2011)


No official numbers, but the last prediction for iPhone 5 sales in Q4 was 49 million:
http://www.phonearena.com/news/Analyst-bumps-Q3-and-cuts-Q4-sales-predictions-of-iPhone-5_id35353

Again, you get moderated for violating our comment rules, nothing more:
http://www.phonearena.com/terms_of_use

posted on 17 Dec 2012, 15:46 14

7. AnTuTu (Posts: 936; Member since: 14 Oct 2012)


no he didn't lolz

posted on 17 Dec 2012, 15:39

5. smallworld (Posts: 438; Member since: 13 Jul 2012)


Well they sold 2 millions in 2 days in China so ...

posted on 17 Dec 2012, 17:18 7

37. AnTuTu (Posts: 936; Member since: 14 Oct 2012)


so it means those 2 millions are going to download Google Maps for their devices and will never buy an Apple product again lolz

posted on 17 Dec 2012, 15:48 2

8. AnTuTu (Posts: 936; Member since: 14 Oct 2012)


Father is always father. Hence proved by Google and learned by Apple...!!

posted on 17 Dec 2012, 22:23

53. PhenomFaz (Posts: 1095; Member since: 26 Sep 2012)


I read the whole thread and all I have for you is Respect Mate!

posted on 18 Dec 2012, 01:39

54. quakan (Posts: 1214; Member since: 02 Mar 2011)


I literally laughed out loud when I read the edit.

posted on 17 Dec 2012, 15:30 7

2. Atrixboyyy (Posts: 252; Member since: 03 Nov 2011)


I mean did anyone really doubt this besides apple?

posted on 17 Dec 2012, 15:37

3. smallworld (Posts: 438; Member since: 13 Jul 2012)


The call of despair.

posted on 17 Dec 2012, 15:43 3

6. Venuramax (Posts: 17; Member since: 10 Nov 2011)


Number will increase if they release a app for ipad and ipad mini

posted on 17 Dec 2012, 15:48 6

9. PhoneCritic (Posts: 372; Member since: 05 Oct 2011)


Not a surprise at all. Apple Maps, from what some of my iPhone owning colleagues have told and demonstrated to me, is pretty bad. New York Landmarks are all over the place and some streets that are in the village and surprisingly on the wall street business district are left out completely. However, in the flyover view everything is in its right. It seems The 3D mapping software was way ahead of the actual navigation data. Well more egg int he face of Tim Cook and Apple. This is something that they have to live with. It was a mistake on their part to unload Google maps and they owned up to it; but the consequences still have to be suffered. live and learn

posted on 17 Dec 2012, 15:59 7

11. GeekMovement (Posts: 1514; Member since: 09 Sep 2011)


Google has saved the day.

posted on 17 Dec 2012, 16:06 3

12. mas11 (Posts: 1032; Member since: 30 Mar 2012)


Wow I'm surprised apple even let Google put the app on their phone, talk about desperate. Normally apple would never allow an app that does the same thing as an iOS app.

posted on 17 Dec 2012, 16:12 2

15. MichaelHeller (Posts: 2686; Member since: 26 May 2011)


That was true years ago, but that's simply not true any more. Apple still has some rules about duplicate functionality, but they have been becoming more and more lax over the years, which is why there were already Maps alternatives in the App Store before Google Maps launched, and it's why alternative browsers like Chrome and Dolphin are in the App Store too.

posted on 17 Dec 2012, 16:12 2

16. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 3996; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


There's hundreds of map and GPS apps on the App Store.

posted on 17 Dec 2012, 16:10 5

14. Grishm (Posts: 52; Member since: 18 May 2012)


And now the number of iPhone users losing their way decreases.

posted on 17 Dec 2012, 16:12 2

17. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 3996; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


An inaccurate exaggeration.

posted on 17 Dec 2012, 17:08 4

33. nwright94 (unregistered)


I have actually gotten lost using their directions, I used waze mostly before this app came. It's terrible in Pittsburgh PA

posted on 17 Dec 2012, 16:14 2

18. androidornothing (Posts: 143; Member since: 26 Apr 2012)


Google ftw. Apple users were pretty desperate

posted on 17 Dec 2012, 16:18 3

20. jroc74 (Posts: 5192; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


Thats 10 million soon to be happier folks using maps, navigation. Good job Google, Apple....hope you taking notes....

posted on 17 Dec 2012, 17:16 2

36. amiaq (Posts: 495; Member since: 30 Jun 2012)


10 million people should have been happier if they have chosen Android on the first place.

posted on 17 Dec 2012, 17:25 5

38. nwright94 (unregistered)


Android is great, but I'm happy with buying an iPhone, and am about to get a nexus 7. It's great having devices from each ecosystem because then it gives you better perspective on why someone would choose a device, rather than the popular response on here "they must be a fanboy because I don't like the device so therefore it sucks".

posted on 17 Dec 2012, 18:36 2

47. amiaq (Posts: 495; Member since: 30 Jun 2012)


I sense "regret" in your tone.

posted on 17 Dec 2012, 18:44 2

49. nwright94 (unregistered)


No regret, I just enjoy owning different ecosystems. You misinterpret that as being unhappy with either.

posted on 17 Dec 2012, 19:49 1

51. jroc74 (Posts: 5192; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


This is one reason I was glad my kids mother chose an iPhone. I wanted first hand experience using an iPhone.

posted on 17 Dec 2012, 18:26 2

45. Droiddoes (unregistered)


I see at least 10 million people ditching ios when they're due for upgrades in a couple years.

posted on 17 Dec 2012, 18:34 2

46. amiaq (Posts: 495; Member since: 30 Jun 2012)


At current rate a big chunk of those millions will ditch iOS sooner.

posted on 17 Dec 2012, 18:53 3

50. Droiddoes (unregistered)


Yup. apple is getting ready to crash hard AGAIN just like the last time and for the same reasons: arrogance, refusal to integrate/innovate, and dependance on customer loyalty to continue to purchase their underpowered outdated novelties.
After all the bridges they burned don't expect to be bailed out again, Tim LOL

posted on 17 Dec 2012, 20:52

52. android78 (unregistered)


I bet if apple had the apple maps app it wouldnt be for free. 20.99 to buy the best map in the world to get lost.....let them tell it: its 60% faster, 30% more data, flyover is just the most beautiful thing we ever invented in maps. I see the apple empire crumbling, Thats what happens when you only push out minor updates to your hardware and when you introduce the hardware features of your so called new product, you make it seem like its a gift to mankind and all the children of the world. The same iOS for years is so outdated. good thing they have billions stashed away in there cash pile. they going need it....

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