Google Maps App Makes Debut In iTunes Store


13.12.2012

Google Maps App Makes Debut In iTunes Store

With the launch of iOS 6, Apple decided to ditch the Google Maps in the native application, implementing its own mapping service. Most of the users, especially the ones in US, were unhappy with the new iOS Maps, as most of the times the application wasn’t that accurate.

As of today, the Google Maps application is available for download in iTunes Store, being compatible with iOS 5.1 or later devices.

Google claims that the application was developed to get the most of the accuracy of the maps provided by the search engine giant. The simple user interface provides quick access to the search function that allows you to easily find the location you are searching for.

The application is compatible with iPhone 3GS, iPod Touch 3rd generation, or latter models, Google saying that it is also optimized for the new resolution of the iPhone 5.

For the time being, Google Maps is not available for iPad, but it should become available soon.

Google Maps also allows you to save all your favorite locations and displays all your previous searches if you sync it with your Google account. After syncing it with your Google account, you will also be able to see on your mobile device all the routes saved on your computer.

Google also integrated turn-by-turn navigation in the iOS application, plus traffic info and transportation routes. The latter two features can be accessed using the three-dot button in the lower-right corner of the app.

Street View provides panoramic photos of various locations in the world, while Google Maps also integrates satellite pictures from Google Earth app.

Besides the new Google Maps app for iOS, the Mountain View-based company also unveiled the SDK which allows the developers to integrate Google Maps in their own apps. Any other application can benefit from 2D and 3D maps, or it can launch Google Maps to perform a search.

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