The much-awaited debut of Google Maps for iOS as a standalone app was quickly embraced by the users. In fact, the software was downloaded over 10 million times during its first 48 hours of availability.
The achievement was announced by Google’s Senior Vice President of Commerce and Local Jeff Huber last Monday. He also encourages users to share their feedback within the application, which users can do by shaking their iPhone.
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 word they poured into it, for this release and over the last 7+ years.
Google Maps for iOS Features
Google’s new mapping app has an overall look that is much similar from the legacy app and Google Maps web client. Thus, longtime users will feel at home in using the service.
However, its users interface was completely redesigned, taking on cues from other Google iOS apps such as YouTube and Gmail. It also support multi-touch gestures, with all of its features available with the swipe of a thumb.
Also returning to Google Maps for iOS is the Street View. It should be recalled that the lack of which was the source of complaints from a number of iPhone and iPad users. In lieu of this, the Cupertino-based company implemented a 3D tool called Flyover. Although not as comprehensive as Street View, Flyover still offers a unique and detailed look at the supported city.
Google Maps for iOS vs. Apple Maps
Google Maps for iOS was released last week for iPhone and iPod Touch. Although it runs on iPad, the app’s version for larger displays and iPad is said to be coming soon.
As of yesterday, the mapping service from the search engine giant is the No. 1 most popular free application on the iOS App Store. It is followed by YouTube at the No. 4 spot.
When Apple launched iOS 6 last September, the company decided to abandon Google Maps and YouTube as a native built-in app. While the video-sharing app was removed entirely from the mobile OS, the Google Maps was replaced with a proprietary mapping service.
The changes were said to be a result of a growing rivalry between the two companies. Apple and Google are competing in the smartphone market, with Android now hailed as the most popular mobile operating system.