Google Maps hits Apple App Store, Google admits iOS Maps app is better than Google Maps for Android

“Today, Google Maps for the iPhone has arrived. It’s free, fast and fantastic,” David Pogue writes for The New York Times. “The brand-new, completely rethought design is slick, simple and coherent. Google admits that it’s even better than Google Maps for Android phones, which has accommodated its evolving feature set mainly by piling on menus.”

Pogue writes, “Google Maps for iPhone is a home run. It is not, however, without its footnotes. The biggest thing you give up is Siri integration. If you say to your iPhone, ‘Give me directions to the airport,’ Apple’s Maps app opens automatically, your course charted. It takes more steps to get started in Google Maps.”

“And despite its superior design and fluidity, the iPhone version of Google Maps doesn’t have all of the features of the Android version. It still doesn’t let you download and store maps for use when you don’t have an Internet connection. It doesn’t have indoor maps (of shopping malls and airports, for example),” Pogue writes. “Finally, although Google Maps runs fine on the iPad, it’s just a blown-up version of the iPhone version. There’s not yet an iPad-specific app.”

Pogue writes, “Google says that goodies like those will be coming soon. But for a 1.0 app, created in the space of only a few months, Google Maps for iPhone is an astonishingly powerful, accurate, beautiful tool. For millions of iPhone owners, it’s a drive in the right direction.”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Well, lookie here: All of a sudden Google Maps goes vector-based and gives iOS users turn-by-tun navigation and Street View.

Who says Apple’s Maps didn’t work?

Regardless, or more accurately, because of Google’s “okay now you can have what we could have given you all along but withheld in order to move our and our partners’ iPhone knockoffs” effort, we’ll pass, thanks. Apple Maps are the superior choice for iPhone, iPad, iPad mini, and iPod touch users.

63 Comments

  1. I am based in South Africa and all the same errors of POI locations that I observed in IOS maps are present. It is like a carbon copy. These errors are not present on Tom Tom who assisted with the data. Needless to say I will stick with IOS maps

  2. I have had great success with Apple maps, but I downloaded this to take a look. I live near the entrance of a cul-de-sac. Google maps for iPhone sends me all the way back around the loop to get out. Apple 1 Google 0 in my neighborhood.

  3. Well, in Apple’s Maps, the entire country of Serbia is one big black hole. Other than main highways, there is nothing; not even major rivers; Danube (the longest one in Europe) flows through Hungary, along the Serbian border with Croatia, then disappears (at the point of entry in to Serbia), then reappears on the Romanian border…!

    Google’s Maps has every single tiny little street, road, path, pond, creek, village, hamlet, not to mention towns and cities, with correct names and location. None of that is in Apple’s Maps.

    I also agree that Apple’s Maps app is much more elegant, but when there is no data, it is simply useless. I will patiently wait for Apple to actually begin entering data for Serbia, but until then, Google’s app is the only reasonable option.

  4. I downloaded Google Maps because it gave accurate traffic data for some of my travels.

    However…. My 64GB iPhone 4S has been flakey as HELL today.
    Even the phone itself! I’ve rebooted several times before I realized it was probably the map app and killed it. Been ok since.

    That ain’t good…..

  5. Google maps – two old sayings – there is no such thing as a free lunch and a sucker is born every minute. Google makes billions on your every click. Apple maps is dead nuts perfect in my part of the country. No thanks Google.

  6. No map app for iOS is going to wow me until we have two very basic features:
    1) The ability to add destinations to existing trips;
    2) The ability to email routes/trips.

    My work depends on these features, and as it is I’m locked to a desktop to get this done ahead of time, which locks me out of making changes while enroute, or I’m forced to use a browser, which I personally dislike using for mapping routes on a mobile device.

    Mapquest offers an app with multiple destinations per trip but I find the interface clunky, and still no way to email planned routes.

    And on the tit-for-tat over accuracy, Apple maps is measurably more accurate in the rural areas I serve than either Google or Mapquest. Specifically it does a better job of providing what I’m going to really see when I get there, specifically Google wants to use county road numbers for everything, but when I get there everything has names – Apple’s app far more often uses names when names are actually used on site, and numbers when numbers are given priority on site.

    The only really egregious thing missing in Apple Maps is Exit Numbers. With all the hoopla how is it I never once heard anybody complain about that?! That’s a big one.

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