Google Maps Makes Glorious Debut for iOS 6

(Ping! Zine Web Tech Magazine) – iPhone users can now rest assured they’ll no longer have to get bad intel from iOS 6’s default map app. Instead, a new but familiar alternative is on the table: Google Maps. According a report from Digital Spy, the popular navigation application was made available via Apple’s App Store as of yesterday.

For iOS users, it marks a glorious return after Apple went with TomTom to create its own GPS system with iOS 6. The default map app had been heavily criticized for flaws including missing cities, clouded satellite views and incorrect coordinates – in stark contrast from the reliability provided through Google’s platform.

“People around the world have been asking for Google Maps on iPhone. Starting today, we’re pleased to announce that Google Maps is here—rolling out across the world in the Apple App Store. It’s designed from the ground up to combine the comprehensiveness and accuracy of Google Maps with an interface that makes finding what you’re looking for faster and easier,” stated Google via a blog post.

In September, Google Chairman Eric Schmidt had signaled Google had no plans to release is app on iOS 6 in the near future – that’s despite Wednesday’s launch.

Reports surfaced earlier this week that Australian police warned of users getting stranded in the country’s Murray-Sunset National Park. Apple had earlier this year admitted to mistakes in the app with company Tim Cook apologizing for the issues – vowing to improve them.

Meanwhile, the new iOS Google Map app comes with something that was missing in previous versions made available to Apple – turn by turn voice navigation!

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