Google Maps, Nokia Here, Other Navigation Apps for iPhone
Google's announcement that its venerable mapping application, Google Maps, is again available for iPhone users was greeted with applause from critics and consumers alike. Following the debacle that was Apple's attempt to create a useful in-house mapping application, fans of Apple mobile devices can now be rest-assured they won't be misled into the wilds of the Australian desert or directed to Dunkin' Donuts establishments erroneously located off the coast of their city. However, Google is not the only player in town when it comes to navigation applications that can keep you on the path to your destination. In November, Nokia launched Here, a mapping app that employs Navteq mapping data popular among in-car navigation systems and also offers features such as walking navigation guides through parks and pedestrian byways. With smartphone use growing at lightning speeds and handset manufacturers turning out increasingly sophisticated devices with high-definition screens and impressive processing power, navigation apps are one of the most popular, and useful, applications on offer. It's not just limited to directions, either—other popular apps can help you find parking, navigate your way around airports and even allow you to explore worlds beyond our little blue planet. Here's a look from eWEEK at 10 alternatives to Apple Maps that will keep you on the straight and narrow, or allow you to aim for the heavens, while keeping your feet firmly on the ground.
Google Maps (Free)
Google Maps offers local search, voice-guided turn-by-turn navigation, public transit information, Street View and live traffic information. The app also features a sign-in option that allows users to call up previous searches and directions made from the user's computer.