Google Maps for iOS downloaded 10 million times in 48 hours

You've been living under a rock if you've missed all the media attention surrounding Apple Maps, the company's mobile answer to Google Maps. Plagued by missing places, wrong directions and more 'bugs', Apple's mapping service isn't that popular. It seems Google's app however has become quite popular in a very short amount of time: it's already the top free app in the App Store since it was launched about a week ago. 

Jeff Huber, senior vice president of Commerce & Local at Google, announced on Google+ that Google Maps for iOS has been downloaded 10 million times within the first two days of availability:

We're excited for the positive reception of Google Maps for iPhone around the world. Congratulations to the Maps Team on the recognition for the passion and hard work they poured into it, for this release and over the last 7+ years.

Google Maps has been the standard application on Apple's mobile devices since the launch of the first iPhone back in 2007, but Apple replaced the app to be less dependent on Google as it has become it's main rival in the mobile area. The new Google Maps brings back popular features as Street View and transit directions that Apple hasn't implemented in their Maps app yet.

In case you haven't downloaded Google Maps yet, which is also available for iOS 5.1, you can download it on the App Store.

Source: Google Plus via CNET | Image via Apple

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Kinda bored of reading the line "living under a rock" in every article I read these days.

Anyway. The best thing that could happen to the application was being dropped by Apple. The YouTube and now the Maps applications are so much better. Nice one Google for improving features that have been removed by Apple.

SK[ said,]Kinda bored of reading the line "living under a rock" in every article I read these days.

First time I used it though

Brian Miller said,
How do you think Google Maps could be improved?
What are some of your ideas?

bring back send to car! can only do this on the desktop site now.. would love to send destinations to my car from the phone, would be very useful!

BGM said,

bring back send to car! can only do this on the desktop site now.. would love to send destinations to my car from the phone, would be very useful!

Do what I do. I create a Calendar event and it is synched with my phone with the correct address. Now when it is time to use the Navigation, I click on the calendar entry and click on the address. Works well in Android. Especially with the Google Now card. I've been doing this for years and it keeps getting better and better with the Google Now implementation.

It is a different method with iOS though. You have to copy the address and then open the Google Map app yourself and paste it in there. Apple doesn't allow 3rd Party apps to be a default. So if you click on the destination on the Calendar, it will launch Apple Maps instead. You don't want to do that unless you like getting lost.

I switched from iPhone 4 to a Nexus 4. I enjoy the larger screen, but the Ego Boost(tm) Android feature isn't working quite right on mine.

To be perfectly honest, I find it amusing that that the google maps app is so much better after its positions was given up whereas when it had no threat no innovation was made, goes to show, competition drives innovation!

BGM said,
google should have charged for this app imo

I'm surprised that they didn't charge for it too. Even if it was $0.99, they would have made a killing on it.
Making it free just gives people more of an incentive to buy an iPhone.

Astra.Xtreme said,

I'm surprised that they didn't charge for it too. Even if it was $0.99, they would have made a killing on it.
Making it free just gives people more of an incentive to buy an iPhone.

Nah, Free is better for Google because now they have you by the short hairs.

What does Google get out of the deal? Two things immediately come to mind, and both are huge for Google: No. 1, though the iOS maps doesn't have advertising, yet, it will, directly driving advertising revenue. No. 2, and just as important, Google is the master of data collection and its usage. It's no accident that Android, its open-source OS, isn't a direct revenue provider -- doesn't need to be. Google figured out long ago that data is where the revenue is.

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hagjohn said,
I had to remove it. It seemed to be sucking up the battery, even when it wasn't running.
I know what you mean. That app is amazing I had it running all the time to show people how Maps should be done. It was killing my battery.

Sorry, that sucks . I found that it drained the battery a lot less then Waze. It also automatically turned off navigation when I got to my destination which is also a nice battery solving feature. Sure there isn't another problem? Have you tried uninstalling and reinstalling it? Sometime that can clear things up.

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