Google Maps Returns to iPhone: Battle Begins

gmapssmallIn case you haven't heard, one of the biggest news stories from this weekend is that Google Maps has officially returned to iOS. Many users were greatly displeased when Apple decided they wanted to remove all traces of their Google native apps, but now updated users can rejoice in this newly designed navigation tool brought to you straight from the folks over at  Google.

In case you haven't heard, one of the biggest news stories from this weekend is that Google Maps has officially returned to iOS. many users were greatly displeased when Apple decided they wanted to remove all traces of their Google native apps, but now updated users can rejoice in this newly designed navigation tool brought to you straight from the folks over at  Google.

 

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In general, the reason Apple decided it wanted to delete apps like YouTube and Google Maps from its devices comes from the fact that competition from the Android market has reached new heights with the release of popular tech items like the Nexus tablet line and Samsung's Galaxy S III. In place of the Maps loss, Apple attempted to release their own solution, but many of you know how that turned out. Incorrect directions and weird street appearances made this software a true enemy for many of those that chose to update to iOS 6. With this discontent, Google new it had to act fast. Thankfully they did with a new version of Google Maps that looks and functions better than ever.

 

As a slight slap in the face, when you take one look at Google Maps, you'll see that on the surface it almost looks exactly like Apple Maps with just a little bit of that minimalist flair that Google seems to like in their designs. The other main addition here is that features actually seem to work including landmarks and even Street View. While in transit you can easily grab more info about locales and share it with friends as needed. When it comes to turn by turn, Maps will give you lots of choices when typing in your address rather than just choosing one for you as Apple has done. Street View may not look as nice as Apple's 3D view, but the fact of the matter is at least it works much better. If you've been struggling with Apple Maps or just want to avoid problems in the future, Google has brought you a much more efficient solution. 

 

The ball is in Apple's court now, but how will they respond?

 

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