Just minutes ago we reported that Google was scheduled to launch the Google Maps app for iOS today and now the app is officially live on the Apple App store. More importantly, this app brings along a long awaited feature – voice guided turn-by-turn navigation. Additionally, it keeps a tab of transit routes for trains, subways, and bus and even provides walking directions. Also Read - iPad Mini for 2021 to ditch fat bezels, could bring along new Apple Pencil Mini
More or less it is a native iOS app, but unlike the previous app this one has been made by Google and one can clearly see the experience is vastly superior to the older app. In fact, one can go as far to say it is a lot closer to the Android experience, which is a very good thing. Google also touts the brand new interface and the app is also optimized for the 4-inch Retina display on the iPhone 5. Also Read - iOS 4 is now available again on modern iPhones, complete with Home button: How to get it
Devices running iOS 5.1 and upwards are supported by the app so this means a large variety of iDevices will be compatible.
Only a couple of weeks ago Nokia had released its Here app for iOS and many felt that Google had missed the bus. But luckily for them the experience provided by Here was not up to scratch and it was missing voice-guided turn-by-turn navigation.
For most iPhone 5 users, this is the Eureka moment you have been waiting for considering perhaps the only glaring flaw in the iPhone 5 was its mapping experience.
The bigger piece of news, however, is that Google has also released an SDK for developers to include Google Maps in their iOS apps rather than relying on Apple’s solution. It doesn’t get any bigger than this and for all practical purposes ensures that Google Maps becomes the default navigation service for iOS devices.