Google Finally Launches Google Maps for iPhone

Google Finally Launches Google Maps for iPhone

Google Maps, the widely-missed navigation app for the iPhone, finally returns.

As every iPhone user knows, Apple, in its infinite wisdom, decided to drop the native Google Maps app with iOS 6, and for many it’s been a nightmare ever since.

In fact, the app is so bad in some locations that police have taken the drastic step of warning people not to use Apple’s My Maps app until the problems are sorted out.  Scores of motorists in Australia have been led astray and wound up stranded in the middle of the desolate Murray-Sunset National Park without water instead of the actual town of Mildura some 70km away.

The problems with the app were so blatantly bad that Apple CEO Tim Cook formally apologized to users and handed pink slips to both mobile software head Scott Forstall and maps manager Rich Williamson.

IPhone users have been begging Google to releases an app for iOS6 ever since, and at last that time is now!

“People around the world have been asking for Google Maps on iPhone,” writes the company on it’s Google Maps blog. “Starting today, we’re pleased to announce that Google Maps is here – rolling out across the world in the Apple App Store. It’s designed from the ground up to combine the comprehensiveness and accuracy of Google Maps with an interface that makes finding what you’re looking for faster and easier.”

Google Maps for iPhone offers all the same features we’ve already come to love when it was paired with iOS5 and more.

  • 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 favourite places between your computer and your phone.
  • Get voice guided, turn-by-turn driving directions.
  • Find your way with train, bus, underground or walking directions.
  • Access live traffic information in cities across the world.
  • 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.

Moreover, the new Google Maps app is an entirely new Google Maps experience on your iPhone. It sports a newly designed and streamlined interface for even easier navigation, and even allows you to use gestures to explore the map and browse search results.

“At the heart of this app is our constantly improving map of the world that includes detailed information for more than 80 million businesses and points of interest,” it adds. “Preview where you want to go with Street View and see inside places with Business Photos to decide on a table or see if it’s better at the bar. To get you there, you’ve got voice-guided, turn-by-turn navigation, live traffic conditions to avoid the jams and if you want to use public transportation, find information for more than one million public transit stops.”

For you Chrome users that love Google’s sync feature, Google Maps makes sync and even more amazing experience! It remembers all your Maps search history for quick and easy access to important locations.

It has a sharper looking, vector-based map that loads quickly and provides smooth tilting and rotating of 2D and 3D views, and has the most important feature of all: TRANSIT INFORMATION. Unlike Apple’s My Apps, Google Maps lets you plot a course using public transportation.

Once again, Google Maps makes Apple’s My Maps app look pale in comparison.

And much like the rest of Google Inc.’s apps, Google Maps is FREE.

Download Google Maps (iTunes)