by Shane Roberts
Apple has had quite a controversy on their hands since they came out with Apple Maps in iOS6. For those of you who have been begging for Google Maps to come back to iOS, it’s time to rejoice. On Wednesday night, Google released their Maps app on the App Store.
Google has given Maps quite the facelift since it was last seen on iOS. It’s not foreign or anything, since it is still a Maps app, but they did tweak some things.
You still have the basic search bar, the locate button in the bottom left, as well as the directions button.
One big update with this version of Maps from Google is the voice guided turn-by-turn navigation, something that wasn’t available in the original Maps app.
There is nothing real earth shattering with the turn-by-turn. One thing that it has, that people who live in bigger cities have been wanting, is mass transit directions. So if you use the bus or a rail system it will help you get around, plus it also gives you directions if you were walking.
One cool addition is when you find a location or a point of interest. At the bottom of the screen you will see the description of the place you were looking for; from there you can swipe across that information, and if there is another location, like a franchise, it will give you the next closest location. You can also swipe up on that name card at the bottom of the screen and see information such as reviews, photos, street view (if available), website, and phone number.
Street view is one of the most popular features of Google Maps, and of course it has made its way back with this new iOS app.
To no ones surprise, within hours Google Maps was the top free downloaded app on the App Store.
If you’re wanting this new app, head to the App Store now!