Google Maps for iOS Downloaded More than 10 Million Times

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  1. macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    According to a Google+ blog post from Jeff Huber, Google Maps for iOS turned out to be a success, with more than 10 million downloads just 48 hours after the app was released last Wednesday night.
    Google Maps was highly anticipated by users who were unhappy with the rampant errors in Apple's built-in mapping solution. Criticism over Apple Maps led to the restructuring of Apple's iOS software team, and a public apology from Tim Cook.

    Google Maps shot up to the number one free app on the App Store within a day of its launch, and today it maintains a 4.5 star rating with more than 20,000 reviews.

    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.

    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.

    Google Maps is a free app that can be downloaded from the App Store. [Direct Link]

    Article Link: Google Maps for iOS Downloaded More than 10 Million Times
  2. Editor emeritus


    Jul 10, 2003
    Falls Church, VA
    No crap :rolleyes:
  3. macrumors regular

    Feb 19, 2012
  4. macrumors 6502a


    Jul 15, 2011
    Oh good. Now my phone takes me to Starbucks instead of Dunkin Donuts.
  5. macrumors 6502

    Jun 26, 2010
  6. macrumors member

    Jun 17, 2010
  7. macrumors 6502

    Apr 6, 2010
    More macrumors spin - somehow manages to represent the story as pro apple. I am very much an Apple fan but can accept their failings (and their competitor's better offerings).
  8. macrumors 68000


    Sep 20, 2008
    Holly Springs, NC
    I hate to admit it but I downloaded it as well. I use it as a back up at the moment but its on my phone just in case. It's interesting the lengths that we/Apple had to go through to get the Google Maps app that we all wanted, part of it at least.
  9. macrumors 6502a


    Dec 1, 2011
  10. macrumors 6502

    Sep 20, 2011
    To be fair though, it's only been 48 hours! Many people probably don't even realise that Google Maps is available in the App Store, but more people will continue to switch in the coming weeks.
  11. macrumors 6502

    Oct 1, 2007
    A huge success for a 3rd party app in such a short time.
  12. macrumors P6

    Jun 22, 2009
    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.
  13. macrumors 65816


    Mar 26, 2008
    Where exactly? You mean where they point out the percentage of iOS6 users, just to put things in perspective, which is what good journalism entails? :rolleyes:
  14. macrumors 65816


    Jan 15, 2008
    San Diego
    Big deal...

    Apple makes the best hardware.
    Apple makes the best end user OS, regardless of platform.
    Apple has the best customer support.
    And "the Google" makes the best map app for iOS.

    I can live with that. :cool:
  15. Roessnakhan, Dec 17, 2012
    Last edited: Dec 17, 2012

    macrumors 68040


    Sep 16, 2007
    Albuquerque, USA
    Not to mention it has 20k ratings with a 4.5 star average. Huge success.

    Too bad Apple probably won't recognize its success, it would probably be a shoo-in for best app of 2012.
  16. macrumors member

    Jun 10, 2011
    works like a champ!
    10X better than Apple Maps in my area.
  17. macrumors 6502

    Apr 6, 2010
    Yeah I thought the comparison between an app and the adoption of the next official major (free) OS as unfair, unnecessary and quite desperate actually. Again just putting a spin on things. 10 mill is a lot of downloads - that should have been all they needed to report IMO, thats the story here, but hey who am I?
  18. macrumors regular

    Apr 14, 2010
    Steve Jobs wouldn't want me to download it.

    Apple Maps will get better, and is faster than Maps in iOS5 still.

    Google Maps still isn't the best at bicycling directions, even though that is a feature, and they haven't 'fixed' the routes to take you on slow speed roads in all places yet. There needs to be different colors based on the different types of bike paths (bike/pedestrian walkway = thick green, bike lane/good shoulder = thin green, high speed road = red, no shoulder = maroon, neighborhood road = yellow, offroad = brown, normal roads = orange, good trips around a city = blue)
    And let local users update the conditions and routes. Or Apple could do this and be better.
  19. macrumors 68030


    Oct 19, 2010
    Buffalo, NY
    The article did nothing of the sort. Tons of anti-apple sentiment in there, with only ONE slightly veiled attempt to praise Apple which actually turns out to be an insult.

  20. macrumors regular

    Oct 1, 2012
    Helsinki, Finland
  21. macrumors regular

    May 27, 2008
    Manhattan NY
  22. macrumors 6502

    Dec 23, 2009
    Madison, WI
    Right, and 9 in 10 didn't download it, which is probably why 90% of people claim their maps work just fine.

    Note that the 1 in 10 includes people like myself who downloaded it to toy around with, to realize Google still doesn't have 3D of their town and shows your apartment as a corn field (admittedly, as does Apple maps), and won't actually be using it.
  23. macrumors member

    Aug 9, 2011
    It would be interesting to be able to look 6.5 years into the future and see how far ahead Apple Maps will be compared to Google after the same time to develop.
  24. macrumors member

    Apr 9, 2010
    Think about this for a second

    Even if 1/3 of all users download and switch to Google maps google just went from having 100% of the iOS map market, with a contract that one assumes paid hard dollars and had other benefits to Google, to having only 30% of the market without any direct revenues.

    If Apple sticks to improving its maps as it goes this will only decrease, not increase. If Apple completely abandons its maps then Google has provided a much better implementation for free than before (note how this one will do turn by turn navigation?)

    So how exactly is this a win for Google?
  25. macrumors G5


    Nov 14, 2011
    Why, just because its better than Apple's maps app? Or because it really is THE best app in the AppStore? I haven't used it much, hence why I'm asking.

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