Friday 27 April 2018

iPhone users download over 10 million copies of Google Maps app in just 48 hours

Screenshot of Google Maps for iPhone. Photo: Google
Screenshot of Google Maps for iPhone. Photo: Google
Maps on the iPhone 5

John Hall, Independent

IPHONE users downloaded over 10 million copies of the Google Maps app in the first 48 hours of its release.

The free app shot to the top of Apple’s download chart as iPhone users sought to replace Apple’s own much-criticised mapping software.

Announcing the milestone online, Google’s Jeff Huber said “More than 10 million downloads in less than 48 hours after release...we're excited for the positive reception of Google Maps for iPhone around the world.”

Google powered Apple’s maps until September this year, when Apple launched its own rival software using a partnership with TomTom for data, and helicopters and aeroplanes to create 3D maps of major cities.

The new Apple software blocked users from accessing Google Maps and led to countless complaints over major errors and bugs – including completely missing the town of Stratford-upon-Avon from the UK map, and cloud cover obscuring the view in satellite mode.

Apple was forced to apologise for the flaws and sacked Scott Forstall, the man in charge of its development.

The app was even blasted by Australian police as 'potentially life threatening' after it sent users off course in the outback.

Although Google’s new Maps app is now available via AppStore, iPhone users will still not be able to delete the gadget’s in-built mapping software, effectively forcing them to have two map apps on their phone.

The new Google Maps app introduces new tools to the iPhone that have long been available to Android users, including turn-by-turn directions, street-level photography, 3D views, public transit directions and listings for 80 million businesses.

The iPhone app will still lack some of the mapping features available on Android-powered phones, such as directions in US malls and other buildings.

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