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#1 einsteinbqat

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Posted 13 December 2012 - 04:48

https://itunes.apple...d585027354?mt=8

Downloaded and installed it just minutes ago. Seems to be working fine.

Note that it is an iPhone-optimised version, and not a universal iPhone/iPad version.

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The app description:

Navigate your world with Google Maps, now available for iPhone. Get comprehensive, accurate and easy-to-use maps with built-in Google local search, voice guided turn-by-turn navigation, public transit directions, Street View and more. Use Google Maps to discover great places to eat, drink, shop and play, with ratings and reviews from people you trust. Sign in to save your favorite places and quickly access all your past searches and directions from your computer, right on your phone.

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* Find addresses, places and businesses around the world with Google local search.
* Discover places to eat, drink, shop and play, with ratings and local reviews.
* Sign in to sync your searches, directions, and favorite places between your computer and your phone.

Directions
* Get voice guided, turn-by-turn driving directions.
* Find your way by train, bus, subway or walking directions.
* Access live traffic information in cities across the world.

Street View and imagery
* View 360-degree panoramas of places around the globe with Street View.
* See inside more than 100,000 businesses worldwide.
* View high resolution satellite imagery of locations around the world.

Simple and easy to use
* An entirely new Google Maps experience on your iPhone.
* Newly designed and streamlined interface for even easier navigation of your world.
* Use gestures to explore the map and browse results.


#2 Sikh

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Posted 13 December 2012 - 04:53

I just saw it, i will try it out.

Its funny how Apple requested Voice, that was not ok. So Apple said **** off and removed it, google starts working on an AMAZING Native Objective C iOS 6 verison, employees become pessimistic, and apple approves it lol.

Oh google, you so funny. People dont understand that apple will gladly accept any app as long as it follows the rules. No ones special. But, releasing google apps wont make them look bad (if they would of denied it) but also, itll make them want to make iOS Maps Better, which is good in the end.

One thing I did love, Apple getting rid of Youtube, made google finally make a VERY good verison of it.

#3 .Neo

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Posted 13 December 2012 - 04:56

Surprised to say the least Google Maps for iOS includes full turn-by-turn navigation. I guess Samsung won't be too happy about the release of this app after starting their latest smear campaign yesterday.

#4 Elliott

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Posted 13 December 2012 - 05:00

Wow, this app is incredibly nice. Very fluid.

#5 Perfect72

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Posted 13 December 2012 - 05:14

Wow, this app is incredibly nice. Very fluid.


Try Android.. :laugh:
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Posted 13 December 2012 - 05:15

Try Android.. :laugh:
/covers head from pummels

lol I was thinking of posting something very similar, but refrained due to backlash also
mine was along the lines of the s3 has had it for a while now :p

#7 Elliott

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Posted 13 December 2012 - 05:45

Try Android.. :laugh:
/covers head from pummels


Actually, reviewers are coming to the conclusion that this is better than the Android version of Maps in terms of both speed and design. ;)

Also, in terms of fluidity, I was more surprised than impressed (Apple's maps still feel a little nicer, but the data sucks by comparison, so...). Google's previous iOS offerings have been little more than web wrappers. This is a very nice, native application with a great design.

#8 rippleman

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Posted 13 December 2012 - 06:02

if there is one thing that will make me leave an iphone its this goddamn itunes bullcrap... i can't see google maps on app search but its in the link the OP posted, i click install, it put it in Itunes, but have no idea how to get apps from itunes 11 to the phone... HATE that crap... been looking for an excuse to go to a NOTE 2... maybe i found my reason tonight. fricking google searched it for direct link, got it in, but the damage has been done... sick of the horrible 1980s itunes program

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Posted 13 December 2012 - 08:02

if there is one thing that will make me leave an iphone its this goddamn itunes bullcrap... i can't see google maps on app search but its in the link the OP posted, i click install, it put it in Itunes, but have no idea how to get apps from itunes 11 to the phone... HATE that crap... been looking for an excuse to go to a NOTE 2... maybe i found my reason tonight. fricking google searched it for direct link, got it in, but the damage has been done... sick of the horrible 1980s itunes program


Developer(s) Apple Inc. Initial release January 9, 2001[color=#C4C4C4 !important]; 11 years ago[/color]

but yeah it's clunky as hell last I tried it. why can't they do stuff OTA like Android does?

#10 Hardcore Til I Die

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Posted 13 December 2012 - 08:05

Developer(s) Apple Inc. Initial release January 9, 2001[color=#C4C4C4 !important]; 11 years ago[/color]

but yeah it's clunky as hell last I tried it. why can't they do stuff OTA like Android does?


They may do soon; they've been moving towards a more independent and modular OS.

PC free, only downloading new parts of the OS when updating software rather than the entire new OS, etc.

#11 Shaun N.

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Posted 13 December 2012 - 08:11

Installed this morning, seems better than Apples version already

#12 Denis W.

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Posted 13 December 2012 - 08:13

if there is one thing that will make me leave an iphone its this goddamn itunes bullcrap... i can't see google maps on app search but its in the link the OP posted, i click install, it put it in Itunes, but have no idea how to get apps from itunes 11 to the phone... HATE that crap... been looking for an excuse to go to a NOTE 2... maybe i found my reason tonight. fricking google searched it for direct link, got it in, but the damage has been done... sick of the horrible 1980s itunes program


You could open the link in mobile Safari and not go through iTunes on the desktop.

but yeah it's clunky as hell last I tried it. why can't they do stuff OTA like Android does?


Technically you can do over-the-air downloads if the device is set to download new purchases made on other devices.

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Posted 13 December 2012 - 08:22

I've had that for at least 2 years...but then again, I am a droid that nobody's looking for (does Jedi mind trick) :rolleyes: ...well, at least Iphone users will be able to get correct directions from now on. My next phone in my plan is an iphone...so I'm trying to "stick it to at&t", and buy a newer droid before it comes down to that....<sarcasm>can't live without my R2 unit! </sarcasm>

#14 Manish

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Posted 13 December 2012 - 08:48

Although I prefer the overall look and feel of Apple Maps, I've switched (back?) to Google Maps for now as it has better map data and functionality. Having said that, I've not really experienced any significant issues with Apple Maps. An ideal scenario would be Google Maps with Apple's UI wrapper.

if there is one thing that will make me leave an iphone its this goddamn itunes bullcrap... i can't see google maps on app search but its in the link the OP posted, i click install, it put it in Itunes, but have no idea how to get apps from itunes 11 to the phone... HATE that crap... been looking for an excuse to go to a NOTE 2... maybe i found my reason tonight. fricking google searched it for direct link, got it in, but the damage has been done... sick of the horrible 1980s itunes program

Firstly, calm down.

When you searched for it in iTunes, did you search your library or the iTunes Store? (I suppose it'd be nice if it showed results from both simultaneously.) In terms of "wireless" methods, you can either choose to sync your iPhone with iTunes over Wi-Fi (assuming that the computer running iTunes and iPhone are on the same network) or set up Automatic Downloads on your iPhone (via Settings -> iTunes & App Stores). Alternatively, just search for it on the iPhone either on the App Store or the browser for a link.

I do agree that iTunes could be (a lot) better though.

#15 Shadrack

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Posted 13 December 2012 - 18:11

I rather enjoyed using it on my way to work this morning (even though I know the way :)). Lots of cool features. I like how they made sure to have background navigation. I was easily able to listen to music on my way to work and the voice over feature momentarily turned down my music so I could hear the navigation voice. The notifications on top of that were especially welcome to see while I was in another app. Really excellent job, Google.



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