Roundup of Features in Google Maps for iOS: Better Design than Android Version, iPad Version Coming

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  1. macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    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]

    Article Link: Roundup of Features in Google Maps for iOS: Better Design than Android Version, iPad Version Coming
  2. macrumors 65816


    Jul 29, 2012
  3. macrumors 65816


    Feb 25, 2009
    Om nom nom nom
  4. macrumors regular

    Sep 19, 2012
    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.
  5. macrumors 65816

    Nov 15, 2010
    Better than the Android version? I like the sound of that. :D
  6. macrumors regular

    Feb 15, 2010
    Well at least now older iPhones can get a quality turn-by-turn.
  7. macrumors 65816

    Apr 21, 2004
    Finally!!!!!!! I can search for a local business and have intelligent results! :)
  8. macrumors 6502a

    Aug 29, 2011
    It looks nice, it's fast, dare I say it might be better than apples maps.
  9. macrumors member

    Feb 22, 2010
    Fantastic work Google.

    Take note Apple!

    XMAS Day

    Unwrap iPad Mini.

    Install Google Maps (hopefully iPad version by then =])
  10. macrumors 68020

    Jul 8, 2006

    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?
  11. macrumors 68020


    Sep 22, 2009
    I found this interesting...
  12. macrumors member

    Mar 17, 2011
  13. macrumors 6502

    Mar 13, 2010
    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
  14. macrumors 68020

    Mar 31, 2010

    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.
  15. macrumors regular

    May 5, 2005
    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.
  16. macrumors 68030

    Analog Kid

    Mar 4, 2003
    If only Google had provided these features a little bit sooner those poor people in Australia may have never been in such danger...
  17. macrumors newbie

    Jul 24, 2011
    Atlanta, GA
    Quite the disclaimer.....

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  18. macrumors 6502a

    Jun 23, 2007
    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
  19. arn
    macrumors god


    Staff Member

    Apr 9, 2001
    Google wanted things in return

  20. macrumors 6502a


    Sep 16, 2008
    Surrey, BC
    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

    EDIT: Pipped by Arn :)
  21. macrumors regular

    Oct 2, 2009
    I wonder if apple didnt release their mapping software ,when would have goggle update thier map app for iOS..:p
  22. macrumors newbie

    Oct 16, 2011
    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!
  23. macrumors 68030

    Mar 4, 2011
    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!
  24. JS3
    macrumors regular

    Apr 15, 2010
  25. macrumors 6502a


    Oct 5, 2006
    Tokyo, Japan
    Great maps. Public transit directions. 'nuff said.

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