IPhone app allows users to use Google Maps with street view, traffic reports, public transport, satellite views, weather forecast, and more on the new iOS 6 in which Google Maps was removed and replaced with Apple’s own native map app.
Apple iPhone users have been frustrated by Apple’s decision to remove Google Maps with its latest iOS 6 software update, and many have been looking for workarounds to reclaim the lost functionality.
Google Maps has been on the iPhone since 2007, but after an infamous falling out between the two companies Apple decided to end the practice (along with YouTube) and replace it with its own native maps app. The only problem is that it’s performance has been less than stellar, and thus users have been seeking alternatives.
Enter the gMaps Browser app. The app, designed for use on both the iPhone and iPad, is tailored for iOS 6 users.
Compatible with iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, iPod touch (3rd generation), iPod touch (4th generation), iPod touch (5th generation) and iPad. Requires iOS 6.0 or later.
“Featuring Satellite, Road, Terrain Maps and the option to blend Traffic, Public Transit,Weather and Panoramico layers in,” boasts the developer.
Now rumor has it that Google should have an official app available by December, but nothing is set in stone, and that’s still a few more months of having to use Apple’s horrible maps app.
According to Guild, the standalone version of Google Maps for iOS is presently in alpha testing, but has some promising improvements over the old Google Maps. Guild reports that the new Google Maps is vector-based, has two-finger rotation to any angle, is “super fast” and supports the taller iPhone 5 screen.
So while you wait for Google Maps for iOS GMaps Browser is an excellent temporary alternative.
And did I mention that GMaps Browser is free? Take it for a test drive and see for yourself.
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