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

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:

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



36. amiaq

Posts: 509; Member since: Jun 30, 2012

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

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".

47. amiaq

Posts: 509; Member since: Jun 30, 2012

I sense "regret" in your tone.

49. nwright94 unregistered

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

51. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

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

45. Droiddoes unregistered

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

46. amiaq

Posts: 509; Member since: Jun 30, 2012

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

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

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....

20. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

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

18. androidornothing

Posts: 143; Member since: Apr 26, 2012

Google ftw. Apple users were pretty desperate

14. Grishm

Posts: 54; Member since: May 18, 2012

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

17. Mxyzptlk unregistered

An inaccurate exaggeration.

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

12. mas11

Posts: 1034; Member since: Mar 30, 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.

15. MichaelHeller

Posts: 2734; Member since: May 26, 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.

16. Mxyzptlk unregistered

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

11. GeekMovement unregistered

Google has saved the day.

9. PhoneCritic

Posts: 1382; Member since: Oct 05, 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

6. Venuramax

Posts: 17; Member since: Nov 10, 2011

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

3. smallworld

Posts: 535; Member since: Jul 13, 2012

The call of despair.

2. Atrixboyyy

Posts: 628; Member since: Nov 03, 2011

I mean did anyone really doubt this besides apple?

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....

4. MichaelHeller

Posts: 2734; Member since: May 26, 2011

No official numbers, but the last prediction for iPhone 5 sales in Q4 was 49 million: Again, you get moderated for violating our comment rules, nothing more:

7. AnTuTu

Posts: 1625; Member since: Oct 14, 2012

no he didn't lolz

5. smallworld

Posts: 535; Member since: Jul 13, 2012

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

37. AnTuTu

Posts: 1625; Member since: Oct 14, 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

8. AnTuTu

Posts: 1625; Member since: Oct 14, 2012

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

53. PhenomFaz

Posts: 1236; Member since: Sep 26, 2012

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

54. quakan

Posts: 1419; Member since: Mar 02, 2011

I literally laughed out loud when I read the edit.

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