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Old Dec 13, 2012, 12:09 AM   #1
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Roundup of Features in Google Maps for iOS: Better Design than Android Version, iPad Version Coming




The much-anticipated Google Maps for iOS is finally here. The app offers iOS 6 users who are unhappy with Apple's in-house Maps app an opportunity to switch back to Google's map platform. The new app includes turn-by-turn navigation, public transit directions, Google local search and more.

There are a number of features and tidbits that come with Google Maps for iOS as well. Here's a selection.

- Jesse Hollington notes on Twitter that Google Maps is now a transit routing app option that is linked from Apple's Maps app.

- Google has created the Google Maps for iOS SDK, which allows developers to feature Google Maps in their applications rather than Apple Maps. Developers can do this in two ways. The first uses a URL scheme so developers can have their apps launch Google Maps to complete a search, show a map or Street View imagery, or view walking, driving and public transportation navigation easily.*There are also API keys that allow developers to feature information like traffic navigation and general maps navigation.

- Google's blog post on the app notes that Google Maps for iOS supports iOS 5.1 and higher, iPhone 3GS and iPhone 4. Apple's turn-by-turn voice navigation does not support iOS 5 and those two iPhone models.

- A horizontal two-finger swipe allows you to access a menu that shows traffic, public transit, satellite view and Google Earth (which sends you to the Google Earth app).

- The app is available for 40 countries in 29 different languages, according to Google's blog post.

- KamenLee notes you can shake your iPhone (in frustration) which will trigger a Feedback form to Google.

Notes from David Pogue's Review:

- Google's point-of-interest database allows you, for example, to read a restaurant review on Zagat, read the menu, book reservations and see interior photos at 100 restaurants.
- Pogue also notes there's a Compass Mode that allows you, at certain locations, to move your phone around and allow you to see the interior of a business on your screen.
- Google has added some Google Earth features to the iOS app, including the entire photographic model of the Earth and its oceans
- Pogue mentions that Google admits that the iOS app is better than the Android version in terms of design. The Verge says that Google told them that they took everything they learned about design and used it for this app.
- iPad version is coming

iOS version is available as a free download from the App Store. [iTunes Link]

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Old Dec 13, 2012, 12:10 AM   #2
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Thanks Google for such an awesome app!
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Old Dec 13, 2012, 12:11 AM   #3
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Apple Maps may go bye byes...
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Old Dec 13, 2012, 12:12 AM   #4
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Incredible functionality built in 6.7 MB of the app. I know most of the stuff comes from data online but really great set of features.
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Old Dec 13, 2012, 12:12 AM   #5
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Better than the Android version? I like the sound of that.
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Old Dec 13, 2012, 12:12 AM   #6
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Well at least now older iPhones can get a quality turn-by-turn.
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Old Dec 13, 2012, 12:13 AM   #7
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Finally!!!!!!! I can search for a local business and have intelligent results!
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It looks nice, it's fast, dare I say it might be better than apples maps.
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Fantastic work Google.

Take note Apple!

XMAS Day

Unwrap iPad Mini.

Install Google Maps (hopefully iPad version by then =])
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Old Dec 13, 2012, 12:15 AM   #10
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Better Design than Android Version

The people who make Android make their app better for iOS, of couuuurrrrsssee! This definitely convinces me to download Google maps, where do I sign up?
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- Pogue mentions that Google admits that the iOS app is better than the Android version in terms of design.
I found this interesting...
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Old Dec 13, 2012, 12:16 AM   #12
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As Apple would put it- "Revolutionary!"
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Old Dec 13, 2012, 12:18 AM   #13
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So...huh? Didn't "apple maps" come into existence because google wouldn't include turn by turn? Now they're including turn by turn for free anyway? I'm super confused. This, aside from siri support, makes apple maps feel pretty useless. Even though i do like the look of apple's a little more
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Old Dec 13, 2012, 12:18 AM   #14
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"- Pogue mentions that Google admits that the iOS app is better than the Android version in terms of design. "

That right there is hilarious!!! Funny thing about it though is that the Apple Maps has a better UI than the Google Maps. Liking Street View if I ever need it though.
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Old Dec 13, 2012, 12:19 AM   #15
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Every single thing about the Google app is better than Apple's. The location saving in particular feels very intuitive, which is something I've never experienced on iOS before.
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Old Dec 13, 2012, 12:20 AM   #16
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If only Google had provided these features a little bit sooner those poor people in Australia may have never been in such danger...
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Old Dec 13, 2012, 12:21 AM   #18
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okay I used Google maps just now

Google Maps > Apple Maps at this stage...

work hard Apple!
Going to default Google maps for me though! Loving it
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So...huh? Didn't "apple maps" come into existence because google wouldn't include turn by turn? Now they're including turn by turn for free anyway? I'm super confused.
Google wanted things in return

http://www.macrumors.com/2012/09/26/...ation-dispute/

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Apple reportedly pushed hard for voice navigation in Google's maps on iOS, but Google was unwilling to hand over the functionality without concessions from Apple. As detailed by other sources, Google was seeking greater control over the mapping experience on the iPhone, such as Google branding and Google Latitude integration, concessions Apple was unwilling to make.
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So...huh? Didn't "apple maps" come into existence because google wouldn't include turn by turn? Now they're including turn by turn for free anyway? I'm super confused. This, aside from siri support, makes apple maps feel pretty useless. Even though i do like the look of apple's a little more
Google allegedly wouldn't allow turn by turn unless Apple accepted a number of conditions such as Google branding within the app, advertising, etc. Obviously Google is free to include any such things within their own app, and they presumably have done that

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Old Dec 13, 2012, 12:23 AM   #21
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I wonder if apple didnt release their mapping software ,when would have goggle update thier map app for iOS..
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Old Dec 13, 2012, 12:25 AM   #22
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Motion detecting street view!

If you go into street view and press the circular arrow button, it uses the gyro to track where you move your phone around! Brilliant!
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Old Dec 13, 2012, 12:25 AM   #23
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I do a lot of Google Maps investigation from my desktop browser.

It's soooo nice to open the iOS app... go to History... and pick up where I left off!
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Where is this? I dont see it in App Store?
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Great maps. Public transit directions. 'nuff said.
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