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Mr. Blurrycam turns his lens towards Google Maps for iOS

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Mr. Blurrycam turns his lens towards Google Maps for iOS
A San Francisco developer named Ben Guild says he has taken some pictures (albeit blurry) of Google's new mapping app for iOS. He also has some information pertaining to the native iOS app. No one would be making a big deal about this if it weren't for the problems that Apple Maps has been experiencing. Right now, those wanting to use Google Maps on their Apple iPhone running iOS 6 must use the mobile web version on the iPhone's safari browser.

Screenshots alleged to be from Google Maps for iOS
Screenshots alleged to be from Google Maps for iOS

Screenshots alleged to be from Google Maps for iOS

Mr. Guild has no connection to Google as far as we can tell, but claims to know that the new Google Maps for iOS will be vector based, offer two-finger rotation to any angle, supports the new 4 inch screen on the Apple iPhone 5 (no black stripes on top and bottom) and is supposed to be extremely fast. It also is said to incorporate Google Earth. This promises to make the native iOS version of Google Maps a real challenger for Apple Maps as soon as Apple gets rid of all of the problems afflicting its app.

While there is some talk that Apple knew in advance how poorly Apple Maps was going to perform, a triumphant return of Google Maps to iOS was not what the Cupertino firm had in mind when it decided to replace Google Maps with its own application in iOS 6. And by the way, Google Maps is already in Alpha according to Guild. The New York Times recently quoted a Google insider as saying that the app won't be ready until the end of the year because it was caught off-guard when Apple decided to stop using Google Maps as the native mapping application on iOS 6 even though there was still one year left on the contract between the two tech giants.

source: BenGuild via Forbes

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posted on 14 Oct 2012, 09:36 18

1. wendygarett (unregistered)


But I had get used of Apple map :)
Anyway thank you Google for giving ios users a choice :)

posted on 14 Oct 2012, 09:46 21

3. Hammerfest (Posts: 369; Member since: 12 May 2012)


" Anyway thank you Google for giving ios users a real choice :)"

FTFY

posted on 14 Oct 2012, 09:57 21

4. wendygarett (unregistered)


Thank you my friends :)
A warm green thumb for you.
Google is deserved to be respected.

posted on 15 Oct 2012, 08:45

17. paulislegend (Posts: 38; Member since: 15 Mar 2012)


lol. "warm green thumb". nice.

posted on 14 Oct 2012, 09:40 3

2. jroc74 (Posts: 4934; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


This is gonna be interesting...

If this is true...its good for iPhone, iOS users. At least until Apple gets Apple maps a lil better.

posted on 14 Oct 2012, 11:26 1

9. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5850; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


I personally doubt that a Google Maps app will be released before early 2013. And Apple isn't sitting around chewing bubble gum and drinking Starbucks. The moment Google submits it's Maps app for approval, Apple will go into surge mode to get something released. Even if they do a beta release like what they did with Siri last year.

posted on 14 Oct 2012, 20:32

16. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5850; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


Update: Macrumors is running an article that claims Google Maps for iOS is in alpha testing. Given that it is mid-October, I doubt that Google Maps for iOS will be released in production before January 2013 earliest.

posted on 14 Oct 2012, 10:15 4

5. OptimusOne (Posts: 694; Member since: 22 May 2012)


hahahahah. apple. first you cut google maps and replace with your own app that sucks

now once google comes back... imagine the contrast between google maps and apple maps. even one will love google maps even more.
google wins!

i sense a conspiriacy to increase google maps usage.
nice job apple. thinking of other companies!

posted on 14 Oct 2012, 10:44 7

6. GALAXY-STORM (Posts: 328; Member since: 13 Oct 2012)


Good Job Google.

posted on 14 Oct 2012, 10:48 1

7. taz89 (Posts: 2014; Member since: 03 May 2011)


Lol really no one would be making a big deal about Google maps coming to ios if apple maps was good out the box... You must be mad if you really think that.

posted on 14 Oct 2012, 11:21 2

8. lyndon420 (Posts: 1763; Member since: 11 Jul 2012)


It just works....Google that is. I like how Google focuses on making their products better (even for the competitors platforms) instead of trying to sue everyone.

posted on 14 Oct 2012, 11:55

10. networkdood (Posts: 6274; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


great news for..iOWNERS

posted on 14 Oct 2012, 12:02 2

11. darkvadervip (Posts: 329; Member since: 08 Dec 2010)


I've been using the new map on ios6 and works fine for me

posted on 14 Oct 2012, 16:36 1

15. darkkjedii (Posts: 11840; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Me too

posted on 14 Oct 2012, 13:50

12. nnaatthhaannx2 (Posts: 820; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)


Funny how Google maps on Android doesn't even have these features!

Seems like Google's iOS team is pretty good. The stock Android apps really need help. There's absolutely no reason for the apps to be better on iOS.

posted on 14 Oct 2012, 14:43 1

13. jroc74 (Posts: 4934; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


Except for Google Earth.....Google Maps for Android has these features. Had them for awhile....

http://www.i-programmer.info/news/145-mapping-a-gis/1725-google-maps-5-for-android-goes-vector.html

posted on 14 Oct 2012, 14:48 1

14. jroc74 (Posts: 4934; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


Google Maps for Android is on 6 now. Maybe you are using older versions of stock Android apps?

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