People round the globe have wanted Google Maps on iOS devices ever since the iOS6 update happened. Good news is that the most wanted app is finally on Apple App Store.
Daniel Graf, Director at Google Maps for Mobile writes in the official blog, “It’s designed from the ground up to combine the comprehensiveness and accuracy of Google Maps with an interface that makes finding what you’re looking for faster and easier.”
Graf says that this app turns the whole mapping experience into “one intuitive experience. It’s a sharper looking, vector-based map that loads quickly and provides smooth tilting and rotating of 2D and 3D views. The search box at the top is a good place to start—perhaps by entering the name of a new and interesting restaurant. An expandable info sheet at the bottom shows the address, opening hours, ratings and reviews, images, directions and other information.”
At Google maps, they make amendments to the app based on feedback which they receive from the users, so there has been a new feature added. If you see that something is off, ‘simply shake your phone to send us feedback’
The new Google Maps app is available for the iPhone and iPod Touch (4th gen) iOS 5.1 and higher, in more than 40 countries and 29 languages, including Chinese, Dutch, English, French, German, Italian, Japanese and Spanish. Please note some of the features mentioned in this post aren’t available in all countries.
If you are experiencing downtime or a certain blockage in downloading the app then just wait a while and try again. Do not worry, the app is there for you and is not coming down.
Graf has said that “at the heart of this app is our constantly improving map of the world that includes detailed information for more than 80 million businesses and points of interest. Preview where you want to go with Street View and see inside places with Business Photos to decide on a table or see if it’s better at the bar. To get you there, you’ve got voice-guided, turn-by-turn navigation, live traffic conditions to avoid the jams and if you want to use public transportation, find information for more than one million public transit stops.”
Do keep in mind that there are a few features still missing in this version; there are no biking directions, offline mode (although as soon as you get a route, it is cached on your device), indoor maps or offers as of yet.