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Google Maps arrives at  iOS App Store (Review)

Google Maps arrives at iOS App Store (Review)


The long-waited application this year from google will be launched tomorrow. According to AllthingsD from Wall Street journal, google planned to launch its famous maps on the Apple App Store. iOS 6 has replaced the google map which was used through iOS from the beginning to iOS 6.0. The new map application developed by apple contracting out to tomtom received just too much complaints that apple’s CEO Tim Cook wrote publicly to apologize for the immaturity of the iOS Maps application.

There was another accident nearly happened in Australia because people were relying on an inaccurate map application on their iPhone. Australian police called for not to use the iPhone maps application.

Launching tomorrow at midnight and afternoon in Asia region, the google maps maybe a temporary way out for Apple to buy some more time for their development on their own map.

A link and a page to download the google app through iTunes Store has showed up recently and also the google promotion page. However, a lot of users on iOS devices claim that they cannot download it and it says the application is “no longer available”. What is causing the delay? This error message may mean that apple has deleted the application for some reason. Why would they rip it off again?

12:47 : I tried to type on a search box in the App Store but fail to find the google maps application by google, inc. that means it is now off the shelf.

The google maps app is finally out on App Store and it is searchable now. It’s free and for those who own an iPhone 5, please download it ASAP to enhance your navigation experience.

Preview of google maps app (Hong Kong)




3d mapping can be seen in this google maps app and it works very well and smooth under 3G/LTE. The Accuracy of the GPS function has been improved. Users can also choose different layers of the maps such as traffic, satellite and public transport for further details of the map.

Traffic information is also perfectly supported in this application. However, it seems the traffic information is not quite accurate.

For Hong Kong users who care very much about the exits of Mass Transit Railway(MTR), the google maps has satisfied their needs, showing every single exit and their numbers for users convenience.

To conclude, it is what we have been waiting so long for. Many users have suffered using the original iOS maps application.

However, many others apps which feature location functions will still need I rely on the original maps app on the iOS. This is something bad about iOS which is the flexibility of usage. You can’t link your Facebook location to the google maps because it is not included in the original function of the iOS. You still have to rely on the flawed and immature maps on iOS to locate you.

Finally, it is just a temporary solution for apple to allow google maps on their device. Unless they let users choose to set either one of them to be the default maps application, users won’t be able to enjoy full benefit of the maps and navigation experience which is brought by google in first place.

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.
* 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.
* 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.

How to use street view on the new google maps on iOS(iPhone, iPad)



You need to search for a location and then you will pull the place information from the bottom and see the details of a specific place you search about. After that you will see an image which is the street view capture of the place you were looking for. Tap on it and you will enter the street view mode of the google maps app.

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