Google Maps finally back on iOS

Probably the most awaited iOS app of this year, Google Maps standalone app is finally out for iOS and is available for download free of cost. After Apple decided to replace the preinstalled Google Maps app with its own half-baked maps application, it has received unanimous criticism from users all over the world. The unceremonious exit of the native Google Maps app might have been a blessing in disguise, because now Google had full freedom to design the UI of the app. By making full use of the opportunity, Google has built a cleaner, smoother and more intuitive app.

The app is compatible with all iPhones (not older than iPhone 3GS), iPod touch 4th gen and 5th gen, and all iPads, running on iOS 5.1 or newer. The app allows you to sign into your Google account to keep all your map data in sync across all your devices. The app adds support for the much awaited turn-by-turn navigation feature, which was lacking in the previous version of Google Maps for iOS. Google Streetview, 3D view and real time traffic data have all been added in this version.


Within hours of its addition to the iOS store, the Google Maps app had reached the top spot among the free apps for iPhone. Since iOS does not allow users to modify the default apps, Apple maps will remain the default app, but the presence of Google Maps will be a big respite for everyone who had a frustrating experience using Apple maps.

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