Google Maps now available for iPhone with everything and an SDK
0. phoneArena 12 Dec 2012, 23:11 posted on
We heard it was coming and now it is finally here. Google Maps has officially launched for iOS. The app is available now in the iTunes App Store, and while it is a universal app, it is designed for the iPhone 5, meaning if you decide to install it on an iPad, it will not be optimized. Google Maps for iOS has most of the features you'd expect, and even more interesting it has launched with an SDK...
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2. Reluctant_Human (Posts: 878; Member since: 28 Jun 2012)
"I once was lost but now I'm found"
40. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 8317; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)
Apple Maps worked just enough. Here you all thought Apple wouldn't accept it.
3. zibbyzib2000 (Posts: 220; Member since: 18 Nov 2010)
Fun Fact: The app uses "Google Voice Assitants" voice for turn by turn navigation.
I love Siri but when you compare the turn by turn navs on Apple Maps and Google Maps... Googles voice sounds so much more realistic and Siri sounds really robotic.
5. MichaelHeller (Posts: 2693; Member since: 26 May 2011)
That same voice is part of the Google Now stuff in the iOS Google Search app too, right?
47. LionStone (Posts: 599; Member since: 10 Dec 2010)
Yep! That's Majel, and she sounds waay better than siri.
13. CellieCell (Posts: 110; Member since: 14 Apr 2010)
wow, I'm really surprised Google allowed voice navigation on iOS. Google had a major advantage with they're devices but now with voice navigation on iOS. I don't know.
I guess the reason why I'm so upset is because I don't want people to say. I have that on iOS too. because apple is known for paid premium services.
28. tedkord (Posts: 8303; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)
Google never blocked voice turn by turn on iOS. Apple did, by not allowing access to the Siri APIs. Probably they wanted iOS utters to pay for an expensive gps app so they could get their 30% cut.
38. MichaelHeller (Posts: 2693; Member since: 26 May 2011)
Actually, Google did block Apple from using turn by turn and vector graphics
25. Peter98 (Posts: 119; Member since: 01 Aug 2012)
Much details too. And hope they will release iPad version very soon too.
6. snail3 (Posts: 2; Member since: 12 Dec 2012)
Turn-by-turn navigation with gmap on iPhone, this changes everything again
11. XPERIA-KNIGHT (unregistered)
welp its good to see who wears the "pants" in this relationship.....good job Google :)
12. JeffdaBeat (unregistered)
14. MichaelHeller (Posts: 2693; Member since: 26 May 2011)
Does God work at Google these days?
15. XPERIA-KNIGHT (unregistered)
haha if he wasn't working "with" them or even "on" them, wouldn't have the nexus 4 (yes i know some of us still don't have it lol) .......and also apple wouldn't have this!
21. JeffdaBeat (unregistered)
I lowercased god for the reason that god doesn't exist :-)
16. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5993; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)
Things at iMaps must be worse than Apple is letting on. First there are the rumors that Apple is going to acquire TomTom. Now gMaps gets approved for App Store, when almost everyone (Google included) was betting on it being denied.
At least Apple seems to be giving its customers the option to make their own choice. Props to Apple.
17. wendygarett (unregistered)
Yeah I really need to say thank you so much to Google fir doing this :)
20. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5993; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)
One thing that is different between gMaps and Navigation app on JB - no integration with contacts in gMaps.... It is really handy to be able to access contacts to find the address for Navigation to search for.
44. zibbyzib2000 (Posts: 220; Member since: 18 Nov 2010)
I agree. Apple is changing little by little. The update to the Bump app now allows music, documents in iBooks, and video transfers. Before it only allowed you to send contacts and pictures.
45. stealthd (Posts: 1067; Member since: 12 Jun 2011)
If Google was "betting on it being denied", they would not have wasted time and money paying employees to make it.
18. thelegend6657 (unregistered)
Turn by turn Nav by Google maps isnt available in my country .
Hey even apple and Nokia supports turn by turn nav
22. minteke (Posts: 30; Member since: 27 Jul 2012)
So what the problem, just change your country!
36. thelegend6657 (unregistered)
If I can I would do it long ago . I hate Malaysia
23. neutralguy (Posts: 1152; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)
"hey a google maps.. great! apple is so cool, android sucks"
24. rcrider4 (Posts: 118; Member since: 14 Nov 2011)
I just tested this against the built in Apple Maps, and I have to say I was surprised that Apple's maps app worked much faster and gave more results for my searches. I haven't tested navigation yet, as I am not going anywhere right now, but for now, I see no reason to switch over other than the inclusion of street view, which I don't really use often, and I can easily open the app if it was needed.
(And now it's time for the Android fanboys to vote me down because I gave an unbiased test between two maps services and Google didn't win...)
27. wando77 (Posts: 672; Member since: 23 Aug 2012)
I guess the whole world must have made it all up
31. rcrider4 (Posts: 118; Member since: 14 Nov 2011)
Oh and I forgot that fact that it doesn't integrate with your contacts, so getting directions to a friend's house takes much longer than necessary.
33. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5993; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)
OTOH if you need directions to a contact's address, iMaps could steer you wrong. Ask some users in Australia. On a serious note, a friend was in my car and we were going to a FedEx office in Menlo Park, CA to pick up a package. Friend had iMaps on their iP5 and I had Navigation on my GS III. iMaps was off by 1,000 feet while Navigation was spot on. Seriously.
35. rcrider4 (Posts: 118; Member since: 14 Nov 2011)
I know that Apple's Maps has some problems in a lot of areas, but my area seems to be blessed with wonderful accuracy. I use its navigation quite often, as do quite a few people I know, and neither they nor I have been sent the wrong way yet. I even went looking in the app for local places that it got the wrong location of, and I couldn't find any. So it all depends on location I guess.
34. ap1989 (Posts: 145; Member since: 12 Oct 2011)
google should have let apple suffer with apple maps
41. bojan (Posts: 188; Member since: 06 Oct 2012)
google my brother has an iphone and he say you the best he loves you. but you need to make youtube in HD he is waiting for it. as for me i love my andriod.
43. hkendrick3 (Posts: 6; Member since: 13 Dec 2012)
Oh how the might have falling I knew Apple would have to cave people just admit it Google has a better product.
46. tubrad (Posts: 1; Member since: 14 Dec 2012)
Does anyone know whether the new google maps app carries over your saved bookmarks from the previous version of ios google maps? Do these get lost? I haven't upgraded my iPhone to ios 6 yet before I realize what functionality gets removed.