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Google Maps returns to iPhone

Google Maps for iOS arrives with turn-by-turn navigation

Google Maps for iPhone

After strong demand, Google has brought its Google Maps app back to Apple's iPhone.

Google has announced, to the delight of many an iPhone user, that its Google Maps app is available to download from the App Store. Google said the free app has been designed from the ground up and is rollout out across the world. See also: Apple says iOS 6 Maps isn’t finished.

Apple brought in its own mapping system with the iPhone 5 in place of Google Maps. However, the app wasn't received well due to a number of failings. Apple Maps attracted heavy criticism from the media and public alike.

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Apple Maps has been unable to locate many places, shown melted roads, given incorrect navigation instructions and more. Tim Cook, CEO of Apple apologised for the shortcomings and shortly afterwards Scott Forstall, head of the iOS 6 software team was fired from the company.

Google said the "delightful new experience" combines "the comprehensiveness and accuracy of Google Maps with an interface that makes finding what you’re looking for faster and easier."

The latest version of the app show more map on the screen and included turn-by-turn navigation. The Android maker said Google Maps is sharper looking and the vector-based maps load quickly and provide smooth rotating and tilting in both 2D and 3D viewing modes.

A number of features of the iOS Google Maps were previously exclusive for Android smartphones and tablets including the voice guided navigation and indoor mapping.

Google also announced it is releasing the Google Maps SDK for iOS to aid developers to integrate Google Maps into their apps. If any users do find any issue with the app Google is happy to receive feedback which can be sent by simply shaking the phone.

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