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MacRumors
Feb 21, 2013, 09:30 PM
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http://images.macrumors.com/article-new/2012/11/googlemaps.pngWhen Google released Google Maps for iOS (http://www.macrumors.com/2012/12/12/google-maps-for-ios-now-live-in-app-store/) in December, it also announced (http://www.macrumors.com/2012/12/13/roundup-of-features-in-google-maps-for-ios/) an SDK that iOS developers could use to implement Google Maps in their apps rather than Apple's mapping solution.

Tonight, Google announced (http://googlegeodevelopers.blogspot.com/2013/02/an-update-to-google-maps-sdk-for-ios.html) an updated Maps SDK that adds ground overlay support and makes API keys available to all developers via the Google API Console (https://code.google.com/apis/console/?pli=1). Previously, developers had to register and wait to be granted access to keys.

Now that keys are freely available, it's likely that more developers will use Google Maps in their apps. Some developers may decide to allow users to choose between Google and Apple's maps, much like the recently released Sunrise (https://itunes.apple.com/app/sunrise-calendar./id599114150) calendar app.

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Google has also included a sample app in the SDK (http://googlegeodevelopers.blogspot.com/2013/02/an-update-to-google-maps-sdk-for-ios.html) that developers can use to learn how to use Google Maps in their apps and released a video (above) demonstrating some of the SDK's features.

Article Link: Google Releases Updated Maps for iOS SDK, Opens API Keys to All Developers (http://www.macrumors.com/2013/02/21/google-releases-updated-maps-for-ios-sdk-opens-api-keys-to-all-developers/)



Evmanw
Feb 21, 2013, 09:31 PM
nice, but I still need my public transportation back that was lost when iOS 6 came out

gmanist1000
Feb 21, 2013, 09:32 PM
I'm just wondering when 1.0.1 will come out. I want night-mode!

pacohaas
Feb 21, 2013, 09:58 PM
Maybe Apple should think about using this API in their Maps app :D.

jav6454
Feb 21, 2013, 09:58 PM
Oh man, this means all those Bing maps driven applications are now, bye-bye.

a0me
Feb 21, 2013, 10:09 PM
nice, but I still need my public transportation back that was lost when iOS 6 came out
Public transportaion is available on the current Google Maps app. What do you mean?

dansnow
Feb 21, 2013, 10:16 PM
Public transportaion is available on the current Google Maps app. What do you mean?

Not in every country - Australia lost it with the "upgrade" :(

lamina
Feb 21, 2013, 10:17 PM
Where is Google Maps for iPad? Apple Maps is cool too, but COME ON.

jav6454
Feb 21, 2013, 10:22 PM
Where is Google Maps for iPad? Apple Maps is cool too, but COME ON.

Agreed, although... I bet Google is working on something better. More real estate better interface.

bluespark
Feb 21, 2013, 10:47 PM
Please, developers, yes!!

Fatalbert
Feb 21, 2013, 10:54 PM
Nice! Choice is good, though I'll probably be using Apple Maps except for navigation (since the iPhone 4 cannot do turn-by-turn with it, only with Google Maps).

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Agreed, although... I bet Google is working on something better. More real estate better interface.

I really do not like the Google Maps interface, and lags for me. But I'm really glad they brought turn-by-turn to the iPhone 4 and earlier!

bozzykid
Feb 21, 2013, 11:25 PM
Not in every country - Australia lost it with the "upgrade" :(

What upgrade? There's been only one release of Google Maps and it has transit directions for Australia according to Google's website. Apple Maps lost built-in transit directions in the iOS 6 update not Google Maps.

RicoRich196
Feb 21, 2013, 11:32 PM
Okay thanks Googz now can we have an update for the App itself? I wake up in the middle of the night and check the AppStore and go to sleep disappointed.

For serious:
Addresses from Contacts
Recent Searches
Massage spots with happy endings

lolkthxbai
Feb 21, 2013, 11:38 PM
Am I the only one that actually likes Apple Maps? :P

PantherCreek
Feb 21, 2013, 11:50 PM
Am I the only one that actually likes Apple Maps? :P

I like them too, but I live in an area where I have had no issues with Apple maps.

I do think that choices help foster competition, and competition between Google and Apple, albeit outside of the courtrooms, really will benifit the consumers the most.

APlotdevice
Feb 22, 2013, 12:12 AM
Am I the only one that actually likes Apple Maps? :P

It's alright. I don't have a big problem with the inaccuracies, as Google's own maps are hardly flawless.

OtherJesus
Feb 22, 2013, 12:21 AM
Wow google sure works fast when they are totally cut off from stock iOS.

Goes to show that they do not have our best interest in mind.

lwapps
Feb 22, 2013, 01:46 AM
Phew I was wondering when I could stop subjecting people to Apple Maps.

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Wow google sure works fast when they are totally cut off from stock iOS.

Goes to show that they do not have our best interest in mind.

Very true! Although I do fail to see how Google profit from making a maps application which makes their competitors phone a lot more valuable.

guspasho
Feb 22, 2013, 02:16 AM
Wow google sure works fast when they are totally cut off from stock iOS.

Goes to show that they do not have our best interest in mind.

Google never developed the stock iOS app, nor did Apple give them any advance warning on its demise. If Apple Maps wasn't such a disaster, I doubt Apple would even have allowed apps to use competing maps services.

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Very true! Although I do fail to see how Google profit from making a maps application which makes their competitors phone a lot more valuable.

Advertising. It's Google's bread and butter. Far more valuable than Android or any of their hardware.

Moshe1010
Feb 22, 2013, 02:37 AM
Where is Google Maps for iPad? Apple Maps is cool too, but COME ON.
Why do you need Google maps for iPad? Do you need 8-10" GPS display in your car? Plug in 40" Plasma then, and get over with it.

alphaod
Feb 22, 2013, 03:12 AM
That's good, but I do hope it's a choice. I wouldn't want to be forced to use one map over the other. For example in the US, Google maps is great but in China, Apple maps seems to have more up to date maps and POIs.

tdtran1025
Feb 22, 2013, 04:15 AM
Trying to grow from a search company

mw360
Feb 22, 2013, 06:31 AM
Phew I was wondering when I could stop subjecting people to Apple Maps.

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Very true! Although I do fail to see how Google profit from making a maps application which makes their competitors phone a lot more valuable.

The same way they profit from giving away Android for free, or Docs, or GMail.

gnasher729
Feb 22, 2013, 08:07 AM
Google never developed the stock iOS app, nor did Apple give them any advance warning on its demise. If Apple Maps wasn't such a disaster, I doubt Apple would even have allowed apps to use competing maps services.

Since Apple was paying Google major amounts of money every year for Google Maps (high eight or low nine digits), and stopped paying a penny to Google for map data since, I doubt that Google didn't know about this.

OllyW
Feb 22, 2013, 08:12 AM
Since Apple was paying Google major amounts of money every year for Google Maps (high eight or low nine digits), and stopped paying a penny to Google for map data since, I doubt that Google didn't know about this.

I thought Apple's contract still had over a year left to run (http://www.macrumors.com/2012/09/25/apple-reportedly-had-over-a-year-left-on-maps-contract-with-google/
) when they dropped Google?

If so they must still be paying (or have paid off) Google.

samcraig
Feb 22, 2013, 08:17 AM
Why do you need Google maps for iPad? Do you need 8-10" GPS display in your car? Plug in 40" Plasma then, and get over with it.

Or perhaps you can consider that someone has a use case different from yours and instead of being snarky - just choose to not comment?

Since Apple was paying Google major amounts of money every year for Google Maps (high eight or low nine digits), and stopped paying a penny to Google for map data since, I doubt that Google didn't know about this.

Were they? Or was it a revenue split? And are we sure Google didn't pay Apple for placement on their iOS?

rdlink
Feb 22, 2013, 09:54 AM
Am I the only one that actually likes Apple Maps? :P


No, you're not. I have Google Maps loaded on my iP5, and I never use it. Apple maps works flawlessly for me. I use it in my car via Siri with the built-in bluetooth on my head unit, and it works fabulously for me.

I understand that some people have had issues with it, but I have had none, both when I was in California and now that I live in Colorado.

zorinlynx
Feb 22, 2013, 10:32 AM
No, you're not. I have Google Maps loaded on my iP5, and I never use it. Apple maps works flawlessly for me. I use it in my car via Siri with the built-in bluetooth on my head unit, and it works fabulously for me.

I understand that some people have had issues with it, but I have had none, both when I was in California and now that I live in Colorado.

I used to kinda like Apple Maps, but since having Google Maps I use it almost exclusively. I didn't even make an effort to switch! The icons are just side by side, and I tap Google.

The app is in sore need of an update, though. If I type in someone's name it can't look up their address in the contacts (fail!) and it also doesn't run full screen on the iPad without a jailbreak hack.

DonutHands
Feb 22, 2013, 11:02 AM
I really gave Apples maps app a shot. I love google products but i figured it would just be easier to use the built in app of ios 6. Unfortunately it is really a terrible app. I live in los angeles, a place i would have thought would be throughly mapped and tested. When getting directions i am often directed miles out of my way and at times to completely incorrect locations. Then i open up the google maps app and it is spot on every damn time.

JAT
Feb 22, 2013, 12:00 PM
Why do you need Google maps for iPad? Do you need 8-10" GPS display in your car? Plug in 40" Plasma then, and get over with it.

The Mini is very similar to the size of navigation systems that auto makers will install, but vastly cheaper.

Tesla's screen is 17", although only half is usually used for navigation, making it about the size of a large iPad.

JAT
Feb 22, 2013, 12:10 PM
I used to kinda like Apple Maps, but since having Google Maps I use it almost exclusively. I didn't even make an effort to switch! The icons are just side by side, and I tap Google.

The app is in sore need of an update, though. If I type in someone's name it can't look up their address in the contacts (fail!) and it also doesn't run full screen on the iPad without a jailbreak hack.
I prefer Google's traffic data, Apple's is just silly. Added a pointer via JB so all links go to Google Maps. Without it there's a mess, some app links go to maps.google via Safari, some go to Apple Maps, etc.

Although, Google needs to update so you can leave the traffic on as a default. It resets every time the app shuts down completely, or something like that. It's my job to worry about battery, not theirs.

KittenMasher
Feb 22, 2013, 02:18 PM
Do these blokes know how to do a sound check!

lolkthxbai
Feb 22, 2013, 02:35 PM
I like them too, but I live in an area where I have had no issues with Apple maps.

I do think that choices help foster competition, and competition between Google and Apple, albeit outside of the courtrooms, really will benifit the consumers the most.

Nicely put. i too haven't had any issues with it.

kenkamm
Feb 22, 2013, 04:05 PM
Can we get contacts integration please?

trunten
Feb 22, 2013, 07:52 PM
john goodman is developing for google now??? :confused:

confucious
Feb 23, 2013, 05:15 AM
Nicely put. i too haven't had any issues with it.

And I bet you live in the good old US of A as well.

Outside of the USA they are useless.

Just as an example, I just saw a post in these forums from someone from Fletcham, Surrey - as I also live in Surrey but didn't know where Fletcham was I used Apple maps to search for Fletcham.

The first time it came up with Fletcham furnishings near Wandsworth, then, when I zoomed out and searched again, it came up with lots of pins for businesses with Fletcham in the name and, judging by where they were most prolific, I gathered where Fletcham was.

I went into Google maps on my iPad and searched for Fletcham and it had one pin in Fletcham. Just what I wanted. I then went to street view to have a look o see what sort of place it was.

Needless to say, Google maps is my default maps as every time I think I will give Apple Maps another go it fails. Together with very poor quality satellite view and no street view means Apple Maps are so far behind I really can't see them being a viable alternative any time soon.

Turn by turn navigation? That's what I have CoPilot on my iPhone for, a dedicated SatNav is likely to remain streets ahead (excuse the pun) for the foreseeable future.

BvizioN
Feb 23, 2013, 08:12 AM
Am I the only one that actually likes Apple Maps? :P

No, you are not.
But no one comes here to say how much they like Apple maps.
On the other had you have unhappy ones that bring the "Maps" subject on any possible Apple related thread.

DragonJade
Feb 23, 2013, 10:20 PM
Apple Maps is absolutely horrendous for Japan. I can't wait for the next iOS upgrade with the improved maps for Japan. I miss not having full-screen Google Maps on my iPad.

dinggus
Feb 23, 2013, 10:25 PM
Google Maps app + Full Force.

confucious
Feb 24, 2013, 04:27 AM
No, you are not.
But no one comes here to say how much they like Apple maps.
On the other had you have unhappy ones that bring the "Maps" subject on any possible Apple related thread.

This thread is about Google Maps, it is you Apple Maps apologists that insist on spoons your 'Apple Maps works for me so it must work for everyone' in every Google Maps related thread.

BvizioN
Feb 24, 2013, 06:35 AM
This thread is about Google Maps, it is you Apple Maps apologists that insist on spoons your 'Apple Maps works for me so it must work for everyone' in every Google Maps related thread.

This thread is about Google Maps in MacRumors forum which happen to be a forum about Apple discussions! Get it? You do? Good for you!

confucious
Feb 24, 2013, 03:43 PM
This thread is about Google Maps in MacRumors forum which happen to be a forum about Apple discussions! Get it? You do? Good for you!

Where to start?

This thread is about Google Maps on Apple iOS, I really didn't think I needed to point that out, what is it you don't understand?

BvizioN
Feb 25, 2013, 12:14 AM
Where to start?

This thread is about Google Maps on Apple iOS, I really didn't think I needed to point that out, what is it you don't understand?

Yes, and since the subject is maps and OS is iOS we did not run far from subject by discussing the alternative app to Google Maps! It's obvious you don't like it which is fine but have a cup of tea or something rather then running into pointless arguments.

KdParker
Feb 25, 2013, 03:27 PM
Wow google sure works fast when they are totally cut off from stock iOS.

Goes to show that they do not have our best interest in mind.

I think google has their own interest in mind when they built the new maps app for iOS.