Google Maps Returns to the iPhone

Search giant Google (NASDAQ: GOOGL  ) has announced that Google Maps is now available for Apple's (NASDAQ: AAPL  ) iPhone. The new app has been redesigned from scratch and comes three months after Apple replaced it with its own in-house Maps app in iOS 6.

This brings back several features that were lost when Apple transitioned to its maps, such as public transit directions and Street View. After being released last night, Google Maps has quickly climbed to become the No. 1 free app in Apple's App Store, indicating that users were anxiously awaiting its release.

The updated app now features vector-based maps along with 3-D views, similar to Apple's. It also includes turn-by-turn navigation, which had reportedly been a key point of contention in negotiations between Apple and Google.

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  • Report this Comment On December 13, 2012, at 12:05 PM, artlaz wrote:

    Apple got what it wanted, IMHO. The Apple maps adventure was forced on Apple because Google wasn't being even-handed between the Android version and the iOS version. Turn by turn directions was the key feature Google was using it to sell Android and denying it to Apple users. Now that's fixed to Apple's satisfaction.

    There may be another factor at work here. The new Google maps for iOS has advertising. Traditionally there is a revenue sharing model with Google on ads.

    Then, look at the billions Apple doesn't have to spend fixing and maintaining their maps function.

  • Report this Comment On December 13, 2012, at 12:43 PM, OceanJackson wrote:

    It's about time. They should have made Google Maps after week 1 of Mapple-Gate.

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