Google Maps Returns to iPhone After Apple Maps Debacle
Google Maps fans will be pleased to know the application is now available for their iPhone 5 through the Apple App Store, with a redesigned and streamlined interface.Apple fans can breathe a sigh of relief as Google announced that a version of its popular—and fully functional—mapping application will return to Apple devices running iOS 5.1 and higher, and is optimized for the iPhone 5. Available through Apple’s App Store portal online, Google Maps offers local search, voice guided turn-by-turn navigation, public transit information, Street View and live traffic information. The application also features a sign-in option that allows users to call up previous searches and directions made from the user’s computer. “The world around us is constantly changing and, thanks to feedback from you, we make tens of thousands of daily updates to keep Google Maps accurate and comprehensive,” Google’s director of mobile maps Daniel Graf wrote in a company blog post. “Here’s a helpful hint for the new app: if you see something off, simply shake your phone to send us feedback.” Apple had replaced the application with its own in-house maps app that was met with derision upon its release, eventually forcing a public apology from company CEO Tim Cook and a restructuring of company management. In a recent interview with NBC News, Cook admitted the app failed to meet customer expectations and their own, but Apple was throwing the “weight of the company” behind correcting it.
One feature the Google application does not have is Flyover, an Apple invention that was designed to provide a 3D, photorealistic view of city landscapes. However, even that impressive-sounding feature was criticized by Web reviews after screenshots of a collapsed-looking Brooklyn Bridge and other less-than-realistic renderings surfaced.