Google Maps comes to iOS 6, people cease being lost

After a series of problems and horrible feedback related to Apple's iOS 6 Maps offering, Google has come to the rescue by finally re-launching Google Maps on the iPhone. The app, now available in the App Store for people with an iPhone 3GS or newer, brings popular features including free turn-by-turn navigation, Street View and local search to find places near you.

In the official announcement on the Google blog, Google makes several references to how their mapping solution is the most accurate ("we make tens of thousands of daily updates") and most complete ("more than 80 million businesses and points of interest") for Apple devices. With the new app, you can simply shake your device when you see something wrong to send feedback to Google.

You'll notice from screenshots of the app that Google has taken a notably Android feel to their application; however this should be little concern to iPhone owners as you'll no longer have to be worried about getting lost due to dodgy directions. We highly recommend switching over to Google Maps as soon as possible, which you can do through the link below.

Source: App Store | Google Blog

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I used it on my way to work this morning on my iPhone 4. It worked brilliantly well. Voice over was awesome, the voice quality was great. It worked awesome when I was out-of-app. My bizarre route to work was listed as a possible route (extra bonus). The few turns it wanted me to take, but I did not want to take were re-routed perfectly. And, when I got to work the app turned itself off automatically to save on battery life.

Stellar Job Google!!!

Shadrack said,
I used it on my way to work this morning on my iPhone 4. It worked brilliantly well. Voice over was awesome, the voice quality was great. It worked awesome when I was out-of-app. My bizarre route to work was listed as a possible route (extra bonus). The few turns it wanted me to take, but I did not want to take were re-routed perfectly. And, when I got to work the app turned itself off automatically to save on battery life.

Stellar Job Google!!!


Serious question, not trying to belittle the quality of this very solid version 1.0 release:

Don't all GPS apps auto-shut off when their task is done?
In order to use iOS's multi-tasking active state you have to actively process, once your task is over and nothing's left to route, receive and tell, I think iOS notices the app's inactivity and hibernates its state like with any regular app.

Correct me if there are apps actually still making void processing and keeping the system and battery busy.

GS:mac

I've had issues with Waze remaining on after the navigation was complete. You have to intentionally go into a menu and hit "quit" to properly close out of the app or else it will drain your battery. So, it really depends on the app I think.

All of the features are made possible through API hooks that Apple has developed in their SDK. What is really good on Google's part is that they actually used all the available features at their disposal in iOS and didn't half ass it.

Shadrack said,
I've had issues with Waze remaining on after the navigation was complete. You have to intentionally go into a menu and hit "quit" to properly close out of the app or else it will drain your battery. So, it really depends on the app I think.

All of the features are made possible through API hooks that Apple has developed in their SDK. What is really good on Google's part is that they actually used all the available features at their disposal in iOS and didn't half ass it.


Ah ok, well that might be due to Waze being a social navigation software doing lots of traffic reporting automatically in the background and such.
I guess it really depends yeah.

Yea, indeed.
I love my Google apps on my iPhone, they are well polished and Google's getting pretty fly in the UI/UX design department.

GS:mac

After a series of problems and horrible feedback related to Apple's iOS 6 Maps offering, Google has come to the rescue by finally re-launching Google Maps on the iPhone.

Thank you Google! I mean, for the past several years, I could have accessed your iPhone optimized version of maps that has the same features as your app by simply going to http://maps.google.com in mobile Safari, but I lack sense!

Now, can Google please launch a version of maps for Windows 8? I don't know how to access Google Maps when I'm on the desktop.

omgben said,

Thank you Google! I mean, for the past several years, I could have accessed your iPhone optimized version of maps that has the same features as your app by simply going to http://maps.google.com in mobile Safari, but I lack sense!

Now, can Google please launch a version of maps for Windows 8? I don't know how to access Google Maps when I'm on the desktop.

The web app has turn by turn voice? News to me.

It's only for the iPhone. There's still mo native iPad version of google maps yet. Any plans for one? I know the iPhone version works on iPad but I want to see a full resolution version of google maps for iPad.

willwalk said,
It's only for the iPhone. There's still mo native iPad version of google maps yet. Any plans for one? I know the iPhone version works on iPad but I want to see a full resolution version of google maps for iPad.

To answer my own question, I was advised by a web page that Google would release a native iPad version of google maps eventually but couldn't give a exact release date. But I would have thought that Google would have released both native versions of google maps at the same time. Weird. But anyway here is the source. http://gadgets.ndtv.com/apps/n...-native-ipad-version-304743

sanke1 said,
Some local stuff is missing like train timings here in Mumbai.

Your local public transport authorities should supply Google with the info. Until that happens...

God, this is what we get after being so hyped up about it? Google, you can go suck my left _____!

Missing transit data, choppy performance, no native iPad app, inverted compass on iPhone 5, and bandwidth heavy, poor UX/UI design (half the time I can't press that little menu button in the lower-right corner)!

Fix ALL of that, and maybe I will consider using it as a backup to the "dangerous" iOS Maps app. Until then, web-based Gmaps for now as backup.

Remember this was probably their "fail attempt" at submitting the app since some high level google employees close to app development and the map department were doubting it would get approved. So now that its approved, they will probably be stunned tomorrow all day and possibly start working on the issues monday.

I however, am glad apple approved it, i knew they would

Except those apps have been approved since... and the multitude of maps apps that already use Google's map tiles have all been approved without any trouble. So there is no chance Google were worried whatsoever.

Great news. Could do with more UI polish and a few other features (such as allowing you to pick your contacts' addresses as your destination, iPad support and offline mapping). Nonetheless, it seems like an improvement over the old Maps app from Google and the new Maps app from Apple. to Google.

About time and it's a pretty decent first effort. It's a bit choppy when scrolling around the map. But at least transit data and richer map detail (in particular, businesses and building outlines) are back!

It definitely could benefit from some optimizations when scrolling. I notice that on my iPhone 5 too. It's still heaps and bounds better than the crap Nokia put out recently.

.Neo said,
It definitely could benefit from some optimizations when scrolling. I notice that on my iPhone 5 too. It's still heaps and bounds better than the crap Nokia put out recently.

lol, it's Nokia's way of saying "get lost"

Title of this article is ridiculous! I for one have never gotten lost here in Southern California or the occasional trips up to Seatlle. I however welcome this new app.

Only Apple Maps right?

"Google Maps came under scrutiny today as well, after a Yahoo news report stated that police in Colac were concerned that similar problems in Google's maps were putting people's lives in danger along the Great Ocean Road and in the southern Otways."

Wow you have explored all the Earth and all its lost regions.I bow before you humbled by your post my well traveled friend /s

Coming from Android to WP this app is the only thing I really miss. I think Nokia needs help in getting their mapping solution up to par. Right now it reminds me of Google Maps from 2009. I still can't really trust it, especially when Nokia Drive does not have live traffic yet.

Otherwise the new optimized WP8 apps like USA Today are the fastest thing I have seen on a mobile device (1.5 seconds from cold start). Now if the same can be said for Windows 8 apps i.e. USA Today takes 9 seconds from cold start. 9 seconds on my i7 with 16GB of RAM in the year 2012! Sorry.. I'm going to lay down now.

Rosyna said,
In other news…

http://au.news.yahoo.com/techn...-concerns-from-google-maps/

Australian Police warn of safety concerns from Google Maps


Like all GPS systems you should only be relying on it partially to get to where you are going.
You should already know where you are heading to in advance and have a planned out route, printed map, or a bacup navigation system (a mate who has been there before )
This is not something new, years ago when maps were printed in books I wsa trying to give my dad directions to somewhere but all the turnings we could take in the map were now one way (the wrong way) or sealed off. But you know what we got there by working out another route.
People are so lazy these days relying on technology

Teebor said,

Like all GPS systems you should only be relying on it partially to get to where you are going.

So yeah, if the map application says to drive out to a remote location, with no roads leading to it whatsoever, you probably shouldn't blinding follow the mapping software...

Rosyna said,

So yeah, if the map application says to drive out to a remote location, with no roads leading to it whatsoever, you probably shouldn't blinding follow the mapping software...


Oh noes...
So you say police won't believe me I accidentally crashed into the bank with my car, because my nav system told me to go that route?

Sh*t, it's gonna look like I wanted to rob a bank...

GS:ios

Teebor said,

Like all GPS systems you should only be relying on it partially to get to where you are going.
You should already know where you are heading to in advance

Magically?

Teebor said,
and have a planned out route

Based on what?

Teebor said,
printed map

GPS's, especially ones who's database is online, are constantly updated. Maps are not. What makes you think maps are more accurate than a GPS?

Teebor said,
or a bacup navigation system (a mate who has been there before )

So if I'm going to a place I've never been before because I have an interview for a new job there, I should either already know where it is (somehow), make a route from my home to the place using no informatinon, use an outdated map, buy a second, several hundred dollar GPS, or make friends with someone who already works there? Your advice is awesome...

For the record, I've never had a single problem with Apple's maps, and even right after being released, they were far better (having turn by turn navigation with voice, and doing automatic recalculation if you go off the route) than google's maps in iOS5, and they've never gotten me lost once.

I sure do. I also love that it works all the way back to the 3GS. Apple's app disables the turn-by-turn on anything older than a 4S.

Honestly, I never had a big problem with App's nav program. My biggest complaint was that it didn't do as good of a job figuring what you mean if you don't type the exact name. It never got me lost. Still, I have always thought Google's mapping solutions are the best and glad to have them back.

Well that is what I get for typing while it downloads. It does not have GPS turn-by-turn directions. All you get is a static list of steps that does not update as you drive. Sad really. I'll stick with Apple's map program thank you.

EDIT: I found it, not the most intuitive and looks a little ugly. No where near as good as the Android based Maps and Navigation app.