Register FAQ / Rules Forum Spy Search Today's Posts Mark Forums Read
Go Back   MacRumors Forums > News and Article Discussion > MacRumors.com News Discussion

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old Dec 17, 2012, 03:26 PM   #51
kas23
macrumors 603
 
kas23's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2007
Quote:
Originally Posted by samcraig View Post
FYI - I think it's also important to realize that the # downloaded could very well be geographically centric.

Meaning - http://www.apple.com/euro/itunes/cha...storefree.html

Notice a trend there. The app is # for free apps NOT in the USA.
I dunno, these sales look very inaccurate. Google Maps gets 10 million downloads in 2 days, but only shows up in the Top 10 of a few random countries. I would have at least expected it to crack the Top 10 in every country (not just Greece, Luxembourg, Switzerland, Ireland, New Zealand, and Australia). Maybe these Top lists are based on staggered weeks.
kas23 is online now   0 Reply With Quote
Old Dec 17, 2012, 03:27 PM   #52
spb3
macrumors regular
 
Join Date: Mar 2012
App of the year 2012.
spb3 is offline   4 Reply With Quote
Old Dec 17, 2012, 03:28 PM   #53
Jason Garza
macrumors member
 
Join Date: Jun 2012
I have not had an opinion either way on the whole apple / google maps fiasco until today. I was trying to find a address to get the wife a gift and apple maps said the address didn't exist. I decided to try google and it found it before I even finished typing. I would like to jump on the bandwagon and write something about how much apple maps blow, but I will reframe so I don't sound like a negative nancy.
Jason Garza is offline   1 Reply With Quote
Old Dec 17, 2012, 03:29 PM   #54
johnny5
macrumors member
 
Join Date: Jun 2009
Quote:
Originally Posted by jwdsail View Post
Meh

I downloaded it, hate it just as much as the new Apple Maps.

New Apple Maps - great UI, crappy data.

New Google Maps - crappy UI, great data...

How about you two kids kiss and make up and give us one map app with a great UI and great data? Is that asking to damn much? Really?

And git off my lawn!!!
Crappy UI for Google Maps? Seriously? It's easier, faster, and more efficient than Apple Maps.
johnny5 is offline   7 Reply With Quote
Old Dec 17, 2012, 03:30 PM   #55
See Flat
macrumors member
 
Join Date: Oct 2007
Quote:
Originally Posted by samcraig View Post
I'd also say that 1 in 10 is pretty significant (based on 100 million) when you consider how many people claim their maps work just fine.
By your logic... we can assume that 9 out of 10 is a pretty significant number of people who claim their maps work just fine.

just saying.... dont care either way.
See Flat is offline   1 Reply With Quote
Old Dec 17, 2012, 03:30 PM   #56
Lancetx
macrumors 68000
 
Lancetx's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2003
Location: Texas
Quote:
Originally Posted by newyorkone View Post
Apple Maps is working fine for me in NYC. Don't need no stinkin' google maps and their big brother tracking and sponsored search returns.
Same here. G Maps is there for those that want it & I'm glad for them that it is now, but Apple Maps has been working just fine for me so I have haven't even bothered to download G Maps.
Lancetx is offline   1 Reply With Quote
Old Dec 17, 2012, 03:33 PM   #57
cmwade77
macrumors 6502
 
Join Date: Nov 2008
Quote:
Originally Posted by MacRumors View Post
The number of iOS 6 downloads has likely increased quite a bit over the last three months, indicating that the majority of iOS users have chosen to stick with Apple's Maps application rather than switching to Google Maps, despite the rampant complaints about the quality of the built-in app.
This is not necessarily the case, others may be utilizing one of the many other paid or free apps available, such as: TomTom, Waze, Garmin, Yahoo Maps, etc.

In all honesty though, I have tried a majority of the free Apps and Google Maps provides the best directions out of them and is definitely better than Apple Maps, but my Ford Sync still does the best job.
cmwade77 is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Dec 17, 2012, 03:34 PM   #58
OllyW
Moderator
 
OllyW's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2005
Location: The Black Country, England
Quote:
Originally Posted by samcraig View Post
FYI - I think it's also important to realize that the # downloaded could very well be geographically centric.

Meaning - http://www.apple.com/euro/itunes/cha...storefree.html

Notice a trend there. The app is # for free apps NOT in the USA.
There seems to be some odd results on that page. The Google Map app doesn't even feature in the UK top 10 but it's the UK's number 1 free iPhone app in iTunes.

Click image for larger version

Name:	Screen Shot 2012-12-17 at 21.31.44.png
Views:	24
Size:	37.4 KB
ID:	384180 Click image for larger version

Name:	Screen Shot 2012-12-17 at 21.32.15.png
Views:	25
Size:	74.6 KB
ID:	384181
__________________
Some Apple stuff
Some other stuff
https://soundcloud.com/disco-tramps
OllyW is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Dec 17, 2012, 03:34 PM   #59
kas23
macrumors 603
 
kas23's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2007
I love how Google gave this away for free. They could have charged a dollar or two and made a small fortune, but did not. Probably because they didn't want Apple to profit off their mistake.
kas23 is online now   2 Reply With Quote
Old Dec 17, 2012, 03:35 PM   #60
johnny5
macrumors member
 
Join Date: Jun 2009
Quote:
Originally Posted by MacRumors View Post
The number of iOS 6 downloads has likely increased quite a bit over the last three months, indicating that the majority of iOS users have chosen to stick with Apple's Maps application rather than switching to Google Maps, despite the rampant complaints about the quality of the built-in app.
As others have stated, this is just complete conjecture. Many iOS users have no idea yet that Google Maps is even available. In fact, I would guess that a large portion of iOS users don't even know that Apple switched from Google Maps to Apple Maps in iOS 6. Unlike the iOS6 update, which Apple pushes out to users via notifications, there is nothing to alert iOS users that a Google Maps is available.

This is like saying the majority of Windows/Mac users have chosen to stick with Internet Explorer/Safari instead of switching to Firefox/Chrome when in reality many just don't care or know it's available.

Shoddy journalism.
johnny5 is offline   6 Reply With Quote
Old Dec 17, 2012, 03:36 PM   #61
spiderman0616
macrumors 65816
 
Join Date: Aug 2010
I look at it as a win/win.

People who were having trouble can quit whining. People who weren't having trouble can quit being defensive. And most importantly, I don't have to hear the media talk about how iOS needs Google Maps.

I downloaded Google Maps even though I have been using Apple Maps exclusively since it came out and haven't had any issues at all. It's good to have options, and it's bad when the best option out there isn't available on your platform of choice. I'm a big fanboy of Apple, but I cannot sit here and honestly tell anyone that Apple Maps is a more complete product than Google Maps. Neither one is perfect. Apple Maps is integrated with Siri and the OS in general, Google Maps has more complete data in some parts of the world. They will both steer you wrong from time to time.
__________________
iPhone 5 16 GB black, iPhone 5 16 GB white, iPad Air 32 GB Verizon, 16 GB iPad Mini White, Airport Extreme, iPod Classic 120 GB, Macbook, 3rd Gen Apple TV, 2012 Mac Mini
spiderman0616 is offline   2 Reply With Quote
Old Dec 17, 2012, 03:36 PM   #62
d21mike
macrumors 68020
 
d21mike's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: Torrance, CA
Quote:
Originally Posted by johnny5 View Post
Crappy UI for Google Maps? Seriously? It's easier, faster, and more efficient than Apple Maps.
Really. 90% of my addresses are in my contact records and Google Maps does not support them. That is a big limitation for me. However, I do have more confidence in the Google POI database so for those 10% I may use it.
__________________
Mike
d21mike is offline   1 Reply With Quote
Old Dec 17, 2012, 03:37 PM   #63
samcraig
macrumors G5
 
Join Date: Jun 2009
Quote:
Originally Posted by See Flat View Post
By your logic... we can assume that 9 out of 10 is a pretty significant number of people who claim their maps work just fine.

just saying.... don't care either way.
I didn't say it wasn't. And I was responding to posts that people have made that the issue is overblown and eluding to the fact that those affected are few and far between.

No matter one looks at it - 10M downloads is impressive in 48 hours.

Comparatively - and I doubt we'll ever find out - how many downloads of iBooks for the iPhone occurred in 48 hours (or to date) vs Amazon Kindle?

How many Cards app?

I forget what the other free Apple iOS apps there are.

Point being - in my opinion 10M downloads of any app in 48 hours is impressive.
samcraig is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Dec 17, 2012, 03:38 PM   #64
kas23
macrumors 603
 
kas23's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2007
Quote:
Originally Posted by cmwade77 View Post
This is not necessarily the case, others may be utilizing one of the many other paid or free apps available, such as: TomTom, Waze, Garmin, Yahoo Maps, etc.

In all honesty though, I have tried a majority of the free Apps and Google Maps provides the best directions out of them and is definitely better than Apple Maps, but my Ford Sync still does the best job.
You are correct. In no sense does downloading iOS 6 equate to choosing Apple Maps. That makes zero logic.
kas23 is online now   3 Reply With Quote
Old Dec 17, 2012, 03:39 PM   #65
entropys
macrumors regular
 
Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: Brisbane, Australia
Quote:
Originally Posted by kas23 View Post
I wonder if this is total number of downloads or accounts that downloaded. I say this because many families will just use the same account to download their apps once on to 1 computer but then sync multiple iPhones to that computer. So, 1 account could actually equate to 3 downloads if there are 3 family members sharing the same account.
Last weekend I went on a 300km trip. half the distance on apple maps and the other half on google maps, and then the same on the return trip, just to try out the differences.

Google is better at generic locations (e.g. "Georgetown"), but Apple maps is much nicer to use for specific addresses and I like the way it does the turn by turn. Ironically, even though apple maps supposedly uses the same data, it was more up to date than my tomtom app.

Apple needs to fix the way the algorithm does generic location data. then POI. Other than that it is potentially a great, easy to use app.
__________________
27 inch i7 imac 3.4 Ghz
entropys is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Dec 17, 2012, 03:41 PM   #66
newdeal
macrumors 68000
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
...

that is really good because even though there are many more iOS devices google maps has no ipad version so likely very few ipads will have downloaded it and ipod touch has no GPS so most people wouldn't care enough to download it onto their ipod touch either. 10 million iphones in that short a time period is pretty crazy
newdeal is online now   0 Reply With Quote
Old Dec 17, 2012, 03:42 PM   #67
ChazUK
macrumors 603
 
ChazUK's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: Essex (UK)
Quote:
Originally Posted by MacRumors View Post
Though 10 million is a significant number,*it still represents just a fraction of iOS users. Only three days after iOS 6 was released on September 21, Apple announced that it had been downloaded onto more than 100 million devices.
Whilst this is true, I do doubt the usefulness of a mapping application that needs GPS and a constant data connection with the millions of iPod touch and WiFi iPad devices out there.

Those "iOS users" are in the market share metric I'm assuming?
__________________
Windows 8 Desktop | HP Chromebook 11 | Moto G GPE | LG G Watch | iPhone 4s | iPad Mini Retina | Asus MemoPad ME176C
ChazUK is offline   2 Reply With Quote
Old Dec 17, 2012, 03:44 PM   #68
jrswizzle
macrumors 603
 
jrswizzle's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2012
Location: McKinney, TX
Count me as one of the 10 million....though I promptly deleted it after looking at it. No reason to use it for me - Apple maps works well. Just saying, you can't go by downloads to see what percentage of the iOS6 using population actually is choosing G Maps over Apple Maps.

If anything this just goes to show that more than 90% of people don't feel the need to switch back to google maps. When the rhetoric has been that HUGE numbers of people have been terribly inconvenienced (and even put in danger) by Apple maps, this information gives us some perspective. Really, the number isn't as big as haters/the media hoped - just very loud about their displeasure.
__________________
Nexus 5 | iPhone 6+, 6, 5S, 2G | Lumia 520, 635 | iPad Air | Kindle Fire 7" HDX
"Innovation, my ass!" -Phil Schiller
jrswizzle is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Dec 17, 2012, 03:45 PM   #69
pingpongdong
macrumors newbie
 
Join Date: Dec 2012
i like Apple maps

I will not download, I love my Apple maps - they just work for me so why give my data to Google.
pingpongdong is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Dec 17, 2012, 03:45 PM   #70
OtherJesus
macrumors regular
 
Join Date: Sep 2005
Location: Bay Area, California
Google can suck it.
OtherJesus is offline   2 Reply With Quote
Old Dec 17, 2012, 03:45 PM   #71
kas23
macrumors 603
 
kas23's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2007
Quote:
Originally Posted by samcraig View Post
I didn't say it wasn't. And I was responding to posts that people have made that the issue is overblown and eluding to the fact that those affected are few and far between.

No matter one looks at it - 10M downloads is impressive in 48 hours.

Comparatively - and I doubt we'll ever find out - how many downloads of iBooks for the iPhone occurred in 48 hours (or to date) vs Amazon Kindle?

How many Cards app?

I forget what the other free Apple iOS apps there are.

Point being - in my opinion 10M downloads of any app in 48 hours is impressive.
You are correct. Comparing an app downloaded to iOS downloaded is apples to oranges. First, unique downloads are tabulated differently for the two. An iOS installed equals an iOS downloaded, not so for app. Second, iOS 6 is available and appropriate for all iOS devices, while apps are not. There is no Google Maps iPad app and GMs would make little sense on an iPod touch (does it even have GPS?). Third, there is added pressure to download iOS updates (badges, prompts), while there is none for new apps. Lastly, an iOS is a pervasive entity. iOS likely offers hundreds of new features while apps are specialized and offer a limited number of features compared to an OS.
kas23 is online now   3 Reply With Quote
Old Dec 17, 2012, 03:46 PM   #72
Plutonius
macrumors 601
 
Plutonius's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2003
Location: New Hampshire
I downloaded Google maps since it was free and options are nice. I have had no issues with Apple maps and will most likely continue using Apple maps as my default map app but it's always nice to have a backup.
Plutonius is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Dec 17, 2012, 03:47 PM   #73
samcraig
macrumors G5
 
Join Date: Jun 2009
Quote:
Originally Posted by jrswizzle View Post

If anything this just goes to show that more than 90% of people don't feel the need to switch back to google maps.
No. You can't determine that at all.
samcraig is offline   5 Reply With Quote
Old Dec 17, 2012, 03:48 PM   #74
Plutonius
macrumors 601
 
Plutonius's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2003
Location: New Hampshire
Quote:
Originally Posted by pingpongdong View Post
I will not download, I love my Apple maps - they just work for me so why give my data to Google.
Google maps is free so why not download it for a backup option ?
Plutonius is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Dec 17, 2012, 03:49 PM   #75
dalbir4444
macrumors 6502a
 
Join Date: Oct 2012
Quote:
Originally Posted by jrswizzle View Post
Count me as one of the 10 million....though I promptly deleted it after looking at it. No reason to use it for me - Apple maps works well. Just saying, you can't go by downloads to see what percentage of the iOS6 using population actually is choosing G Maps over Apple Maps.

If anything this just goes to show that more than 90% of people don't feel the need to switch back to google maps. When the rhetoric has been that HUGE numbers of people have been terribly inconvenienced (and even put in danger) by Apple maps, this information gives us some perspective. Really, the number isn't as big as haters/the media hoped - just very loud about their displeasure.
As has been said, more data is needed to determine whether users actually prefer Google or Apple Maps.
dalbir4444 is offline   3 Reply With Quote

Reply
MacRumors Forums > News and Article Discussion > MacRumors.com News Discussion

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Similar Threads
thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Google Maps for iOS Gains Uber Integration, Lane Guidance, Improved Offline Maps MacRumors iOS Blog Discussion 102 Aug 13, 2014 12:57 PM
Google Brings Waze Features to Google Maps for iOS and Android MacRumors iOS Blog Discussion 41 Oct 4, 2013 09:44 AM
Plants vs. Zombies 2 Downloaded 16 Million Times Worldwide, New Content Coming MacRumors iOS Blog Discussion 53 Aug 29, 2013 10:02 AM
Google Moving Closer to Submitting Maps App for iOS as Eddy Cue Works to Improve Apple's Maps MacRumors MacRumors.com News Discussion 417 Nov 30, 2012 08:47 AM
OS X Mountain Lion Downloaded 3 Million Times in Four Days MacRumors MacRumors.com News Discussion 183 Aug 6, 2012 01:58 PM

Forum Jump

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 07:14 PM.

Mac Rumors | Mac | iPhone | iPhone Game Reviews | iPhone Apps

Mobile Version | Fixed | Fluid | Fluid HD
Copyright 2002-2013, MacRumors.com, LLC