- Nov 27, 2012
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With the launch of its latest handset, the iPhone 5, and its brand new operating system iOS 6, Apple decided to axe Google Maps from its embedded functionalities and replace it with a map app of its own. Nevertheless, this week, the Google Maps application seems to have made a comeback, taking the form of a third party app available on iTunes. The app re-emerged after 3 months, since Apple launched its own native software.
The Google team announced that the app will also be made available in the Apple App Store in more than 40 countries worldwide. The software has been enhanced to include a few useful tweaks like voice-activation or turn-by-turn direction. Google Maps for mobile director Daniel Graf commented on the application:
"The world around us is constantly changing and, thanks to feedback from you, we make tens of thousands of daily updates to keep Google Maps accurate and comprehensive."
Apple, however, caused quite a bit of a maelstrom after releasing its own map app as users complained about the quality of the maps. Apple CEO Tim Cook made a public apology and assured the fans that the company will take steps to remedy the situation as soon as possible. Also, competition in the map app department might be getting tougher by the day, since the Finnish company Nokia, just released a free map app of their own. It will be interesting to monitor how the public is going to receive this new application.
Source: Google Blog