Google Maps app for Apple’s iPhone is coming soon: WSJ

Google is preparing a Maps app for the iPhone after Apple booted it out from the latest version of its iOS operating system. Google Maps had been the default mapping app for iPhone since its launch in 2007 but Apple decided to go for its own maps solution in iOS 6. We know where that story went. WSJ is claiming that Google is currently giving final touches to its Maps app for iOS before it submits it to the App Store for Apple’s approval.

The news comes barely a couple of days after Nokia announced it had submitted its maps app, called HERE, to the App Store and is expecting it to be available in a few weeks. Notably, WSJ claims that the Google Maps app on iOS also features turn-by-turn navigation, which was not present in the earlier default maps app that was powered by Google.Turn-by-turn navigation on Google Maps is now live in India on Android and we would assume that the same feature would be available when it is released on iOS as well.

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  • Anil

    Google Maps on iPhone/iPad are back? That’s good news.
    But what does that mean for Apple’s own maps?
    Will both these apps live side by side ?

    • PG Croat

      Yup, side by side. If you want an accurate (aka working) map app, you would have to open the Google map app but Siri, along with any and all apps that use the built in map app, will still use Apple Maps.

      Its actually no different than having a shortcut to the Google mobile map site, which is what I currently have set up right next to the Apple Maps icon on my iPhone, with the exception that an actual Google Map app, even as a third party app, will be faster and smoother than the website. Plus, I hope, the Google map app will have street view support. Something I sorely miss since upgrading to iOS6.