“Google’s rich, reliable Maps app is back on the iPhone, and that means iPhone users can stop relying on the flawed, fledgling Apple maps app that replaced it as a built-in feature in September,” Walt Mossberg opines for AllThingsD. “Apple’s version is still bolted into the phone, and the new, free Google app must be downloaded from Apple’s app store.”

“The biggest news here is that the new iPhone version of Google Maps isn’t just better than Apple Maps. For now, at least, Google Maps is better in most respects on the iPhone than it is on Android phones,” Mossberg writes. “It has been redesigned with a cleaner, simpler user interface that makes it easier to use.”

Mossberg writes, “The new iPhone version of Google Maps emphasizes two things: uncluttering the map itself, and swiping vertically and horizontally to move quickly among places, map views and information. In my tests, I found this design refreshingly easy to use. It even enhances the voice-prompted, automatic turn-by-turn navigation whose absence on the original iPhone version of Google Maps was the key thing that prompted Apple to get into the maps business… Apple is already improving its competing app, but for now, iPhone users, my recommendation is to go with Google Maps.”

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