Apple dropped the Google application in favour of its own 'Apple Maps' when it launched a new operating system to run the iPhone 5 in September. That however has been an unmitigated disaster and became a byword for ineptitude online.
Among its faults, it placed Dublin Airport in Airfield House near Dundrum, while Australian police said the application recommended a potentially "life threatening" error by directing users into a remote desert like area with no mobile phone reception when giving directions to a particular town.
Websites have sprung up to point out the errors in Apple Maps. The executive who was responsible for Apple Maps left the company last month.
Unsurprisingly, it quickly became the most downloaded application on Apple's App Store yesterday.
"People around the world have been asking for Google Maps on iPhone," wrote Daniel Graf, director of Google Maps for Mobile in a blog post.
"Starting today, we're pleased to announce that Google Maps is here – rolling out across the world in the Apple App Store."
Google Maps's return is an unequivocal defeat for Apple, which had promised to replace it with a much better version of map service. Instead, company CEO Tim Cook made a humiliating apology for Apple Maps and recommended users download other programmes.