Thursday, December 13, 2012

Google Maps launched for iPhones

There have been too many criticisms lately for Apple iOS 6 Maps, one of the most widely criticised one being, the Australian Mildura Incident. As a response to Apple's big big downtime, Google has now launched its own Google Maps application for iOS devices, which is now downloadable for free from the App Store.

Just some days later the Mildura incident, Apple released a partial fix for the location of Mildura on its Maps app, however there are many more such errors that are needed to be addressed.

Google says it has designed the app from the scratch to make available great new features which were previously only limited to Android based handsets and gives users the faster and easier experience that ever before.

Having used Samsung Galaxy S3 for sometime, I have seen the turn by turn navigation by Google Maps / Google Navigation app and it just works wonderful, especially when you are in one of the famous cities like London where every new road and every new building is updated quite rapidly on Google Maps.

Now, many of those features are here on Google Maps for iPhone (Well it seems google is really and heart-fully willing to go get the iOS market after Nokia having launched its own app for iOS)
On the App store, Google mentions the following new features available for Maps app on iOS

* 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.

Along with this new Maps app, google has also released Google Maps SDK for iOS, and a simple URL scheme; to help developers use Google Maps when building their apps.

The new Google Maps app is available for the iPhone and iPod Touch (4th gen) iOS 5.1 and higher, in more than 40 countries; and 29 languages, including Chinese, Dutch, English, French, German, Italian, Japanese and Spanish.

Although not all of the features mentioned are available in all countries.