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Google to Release iOS Maps App Tonight

AllThingsD reports that Google's highly anticipated iOS Maps app is set to be released later tonight.

When Apple stopped using Google Maps in September with iOS 6, rumors immediately began that the search engine giant would release its own Maps app into the App Store. Since then, unhappy iOS users have been waiting patiently for the app, which didn't seem like it was going to materialize, until tonight.

Google Maps for iOS will likely be a huge hit with iPhone users that have been plagued with problems using Apple's built-in mapping solution. Apple has received significant criticism over its mapping app, most recently when motorists in Australia became lost because of a misplaced waypoint.

There's no word on when the app will hit the App Store, but if it is in line with other releases, expect to see it around 11pm Eastern.

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24 months ago
Rating: 25 Votes
24 months ago
I hope that with this, people will realize that Google Maps has its own share of errors as well. Apple Maps is getting way too much unjustified hate.
Rating: 23 Votes
24 months ago
Finally. The end of the complaints!
Rating: 18 Votes
24 months ago

I have absolutely no problem with Apple Maps. It gives better directions than the GPS in my car. Finds everyplace I need to go. Great turn by turn directions. At least in the Seattle area, it is really good. No need for Google.


You Americans need to realize the world is much much bigger than your little bubble and it includes OTHER countries than the USA and that Apple Maps sucks. Plain and simple.
Rating: 15 Votes
24 months ago
That may set a new record for the most quickly downloaded iPhone app. I hope the App Store won't crash due to millions of simultaneous downloads.
Rating: 13 Votes
24 months ago
"Google Maps for iOS will likely be a huge hit with iPhone users that have been plagued with problems using Apple's built-in mapping solution. Apple has received significant criticism over its mapping app, most recently when motorists in Australia became lost because of a misplaced waypoint."

Non sense! Google Maps has the same exact problem which gets less reported in the media just because it's Google and not Apple.

http://au.news.yahoo.com/technology/news/article/-/15610781/police-warn-of-safety-concerns-from-google-maps/

Ironically Google Maps is reported to be potentially dangerous in .... Australia.

People make big stories for Apple Map but just ignore the exact same problems affecting Google Maps. So just stop the ridiculous selective critics here.

Also get the fact right, in this story in Australia, actually only one person got "lost" because he was stupid enough not to question the data that were presented to him (and obviously wrong). So I don't understand what are the "motorists in Australia" getting lost you are talking about here...
Rating: 8 Votes
24 months ago

Hopefully this will finally shut up the whiners.


It doesn't change the fact that Apple Maps is absolutely terrible.
Rating: 8 Votes
24 months ago

I hope that with this, people will realize that Google Maps has its own share of errors as well. Apple Maps is getting way too much unjustified hate.


I really don't see how.

You didn't see widespread complaints about the old Maps App.
Rating: 7 Votes
24 months ago
Now if only Apple would give us the option to make it the default maps app.
Rating: 7 Votes
24 months ago
I think I'll use it alongside Apple Maps. They both have their advantages and disadvantages
Rating: 6 Votes

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