Google Maps For iOS Now Available With Street View, Turn-By-Turn And More [Updates]

Ads by Google

The highly anticipated Google Maps iOS app has now finally arrived in the App Store in the form of a 6.7MB App Store download. The app, which is not yet optimised for iPad, features a new vector-based map which cuts down on data usage and provides sharper graphics and a tilting 3D view as well as the traditional 2D experience along with features like turn-by-turn navigation and Google Street View.

Google Maps was removed as a core app by Apple in favour of their own iOS 6 mapping software in the last update to the iOS platform, and while users could still access the service using maps.google.com in their browser many were hoping for a dedicated app. Google has not disappointed, now launching the app worldwide with features to rival Apple’s own in-built solution.

The app features a full-screen map view with a hovering search box from which turn-by-turn directions can be requested with a couple of taps. Street View is accessed in much the same way it was in iOS 5, by first dropping a pin and then choosing the Street View option from the summary that appears. Map type can be toggled between modes by tapping the toggle on the right of the screen and includes Traffic info and a Public Transport view, though the latter is only available in certain regions.

Google announced the availability in a blog post on their Google Maps Blog, citing the service’s “comprehensiveness and accuracy” in what is surely a sly nod to Apple. Users with a Google Account have the option of signing in to access the search history and favourite places stored by Google. The iOS app was released alongside the Google Maps for iOS developer SDK which can be downloaded from the Google Developers webpage.

Ads by Google

All drivers relying on mobile apps should take note that police in the Australian state of Victoria have issued two warnings to smartphone users in the space of a week, the first due to drivers using Apple’s iOS 6 Maps getting stranded in the Murray-Sunset National Park and the second due to Google Maps directing drivers down the dangerous Wild Dog Road, just off a popular tourist route known as the Great Ocean Road.

Check out Google Maps for iPhone @ The App Store

What do you think of the new Google Maps for iOS? Long overdue, or have you adapted to live without it? Share your thoughts in the comments, below.

Source: Google Maps Blog

Join live MakeUseOf Groups on Grouvi App Join live Groups on Grouvi
Awesome iPhone Apps
Awesome iPhone Apps
9 Members
Smartphone Photography
Smartphone Photography
19 Members
iPhone Games You Should Try
iPhone Games You Should Try
8 Members
Essential iOS Tips
Essential iOS Tips
7 Members
Jailbreaking iOS
Jailbreaking iOS
6 Members
Ads by Google
Comments (42)
  • Rene Bernal

    OK. i hope this could find my lost iPhone!

  • James Bruce

    Well, egg on my face. Now I look like an idiot for switching to Android. The only good thing about Android was the fact they have decent navigation built into the apps. Now with the Maps app having that too, there is absolutely nothing good holding me to Android. Screw it; I’ll use my wife’s contract to get a new iPhone 5.

    • Tim Brookes

      I could swear I literally said this to you. Bought an iPhone 5 not long ago, hell of an upgrade coming from a 4. Highly recommend it.

      The only think about Google Maps is that you’ll need to Jailbreak in order to replace Apple Maps completely, though I have no interest in doing this (and I doubt you do either). It’s still easy enough to launch Google Maps and search from there.

      So the incredible Android ecosystem, rich library of quality apps and that legendary Google UI design not doing it for you then James? ;)

    • Muo TechGuy

      It’s a long list of niggly little issues that add up to an unsatisfactory experience basically. Nothing that is deal breaking in and of itself, but the sum of which piss me off to high hell.

      But you were right. I was expecting a standalone app at some point, but not with voice navigation features too. That just really takes the biscuit.

    • Tim Brookes

      I think that would make me not want to use the phone, which reminds me of old phones I have had that were awful. You should totally write an article about it. Or did you? I may have missed that one. Which phone did you get again?

    • Muo TechGuy

      HTC One X, though I doubt it’s hardware specific. I’ll try to collate my thoughts into something coherent, good plan.

  • Ahamed Yaseen

    smart app…

  • Jason Papapanagiotakis

    I’m still on iOS5 , should/can I get this?

    • Tim Brookes

      You can and that means you might want to go and upgrade to iOS 6 now, seeing as you have an alternative if you don’t like Apple Maps. Personally I don’t think Apple Maps is as bad as everyone makes out and it’s definitely been improved since release.

      Of course… two map apps are better than one!

  • Tanim Istiaque

    Google maps for android is way better than that of iphone. Not surprising though

    • Tim Brookes

      Is it really? And what drew you to that conclusion, because from what I’ve seen (on the Google Play entry for Maps and on my iPhone) they’re pretty much matched in terms of features. I can’t see one thing that the Android version has that iOS doesn’t.

    • Tanim Istiaque

      Offline maps is the deal breaker for me. And the android version feels smoother, may be it’s just me.

Load 10 more
Affiliate Disclamer

This review may contain affiliate links, which pays us a small compensation if you do decide to make a purchase based on our recommendation. Our judgement is in no way biased, and our recommendations are always based on the merits of the items.

For more details, please read our disclosure.
Affiliate Disclamer

This review may contain affiliate links, which pays us a small compensation if you do decide to make a purchase based on our recommendation. Our judgement is in no way biased, and our recommendations are always based on the merits of the items.

For more details, please read our disclosure.