If you’re a fan of Google Maps and have an iPhone, 12-12-12 was a lucky day for you: the Google Maps app arrived in the iTunes App Store late last night. For those who had been missing Street View or were aggravated by the inaccuracies of Apple Maps, the Google Maps app will be a welcome relief.
The app brings improvements over the previous native Google Maps app, which disappeared from iPhones that were upgraded to iOS 6. The new app includes voice guided turn-by-turn directions, a feature that was conspicuously absent from the native version of the iPhone app. Google Maps app also provides public transit directions, which are not included in the Apple Maps app.
Other features of the Google Maps app include:
- Real-time traffic information
- Syncing between Google Maps on your computer and your iPhone
- Information and reviews on local businesses
- Street View, a panoramic, 360° view of locations, including the insides of buildings such as shopping malls
If you’ve been waiting to upgrade your iPhone to iOS 6 because you didn’t want to lose Google Maps, your wait is now over.
The Google Maps app is free for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch in the iTunes App Store.
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