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  • Google: iOS 6 Users Should Still Use Google Maps

    Picture: Dan Cobley (Google)

    Apple has moved beyond Google Maps in iOS 6, bringing with it their own implementation of maps with service provided by TomTom. Some users arenít completely sold on the new Maps application yet. The new Maps application includes new features such as turn-by-turn navigation and Flyover view, but it seems some people just miss having Google Maps on their iOS devices.

    Dan Cobley, Google's UK marketing director, says iPhone 5 users can still continue to use Google Maps regardless of Apple's new mapping service taking over in iOS 6 according to a comment made on Bloomberg TV:

    Quote Originally Posted by Dan Cobley
    iPhone 5 users can still use Google Maps by downloading them or going to the Google Maps website... We believe Google Maps are the most comprehensive, accurate and easy-to-use maps in the world. Our goal is to make Google Maps available to everyone who wants to use it, regardless of device, browser, or operating system.
    Currently the only way anyone on iOS 6 would be able to use Google Maps is from Mobile Safari, unless Google has untold plans to bring a Google Maps application to iOS like they have with YouTube and Google Chrome. Using Google Maps through Mobile Safari is not the most pleasant experience in the world Ė animations from the Web browser are laggy and would fare much better in a standalone application.

    Google Maps was not a bad mapping service, but it doesnít offer a good navigation solution for iPhone users. In iOS 5, the Maps application was not capable of voice turn-by-turn navigation like it is in iOS 6. Even from Mobile Safari in iOS 6, Google Maps will not offer voice turn-by-turn navigation. This is an important feature because it keeps the userís eyes on the road for longer periods of time and reduces the chances of an accident. For this reason, many users downloaded expensive third party navigation software from the App Store as a replacement for the Maps application in iOS 5.

    Do you prefer Apple's new mapping service or Google Maps?

    Sources: Bloomberg via 9to5Mac
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Google: iOS 6 Users Should Still Use Google Maps started by Anthony Bouchard View original post
    Comments 44 Comments
    1. Anthony Bouchard's Avatar
      Anthony Bouchard -
      Quote Originally Posted by Charlymanson View Post
      I love Apples mobile phones, I just wish they didn't fix something that wasn't broken, Google is totally right about this.
      I relied on Google maps for the transit times around my city because we do not have a functioning transit app for iOS. The New map system directs me to some 3rd party apps that don't even exist.

      I hate when people say Google maps sucked, it was one of the best. The only reason Apple removed Google Maps was because they wouldn't include turn by turn directions. Sure iOS 6 Maps is good if you have a car, but if you rely on public transportation - its literally a curse. I can't wait till Google releases a standalone app for Google Maps. I am lost without it. I know you can still go on safari and use Google Maps but it isn't the same experience.
      I think it was totally broken. I absolutely hated looking at my screen to find my way around places I was not familiar with. It took my eyes off the road for way too long.

      It's good for planning, but terrible for live navigation.

      Google had nicer map pictures, but I think Apple's Maps application will benefit us all in functionality.
    1. ceramicwhite's Avatar
      ceramicwhite -
      lol. you all forget how MANY apps you can download on the app store that have the google maps API. there are so many other maps that just dont say Google on the front that still are google.
    1. jOnGarrett's Avatar
      jOnGarrett -
      lmfao at all the iDiotic comments I'm reading about how iOS maps are better than Google's !! I cant believe that some people can be so blatantly dishonest.

      Any of you using Google maps on an iPhone have a stripped down and very limited version. Google maps on Android has literally dozens of features that are NOT available on iOS and will not be available on iOS maps.

      here's what Ive noticed since updating my iPhone 4S to iOS 6.

      - iOS maps is copying features from Google maps such as multi touch swipe to tilt the map & multi touch to rotate the map.
      - iOS maps 3D maps does NOT work. I pan over downtown Manhattan and there are NO 3D buildings. NONE, period.
      - iOS maps has no biking routes directions
      - iOS maps has no voice navigation with turn by turn
      - iOS maps has no places
      - iOS maps has no "layers" traffic, satellite, terrain, transit lines, latitude, my maps, cycling,.
      - iOS maps has no live traffic
      - iOS maps has no offline maps
      - iOS maps doesnt show subway and bus routes
      - iOS maps no street view
      - iOS maps have NO labs (labs lets you add plugins and such to the map app. so for example I have lab that lets me measure the distance between two points along with elevation information.)

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    1. buttamix's Avatar
      buttamix -
      Does the maps work on the iPhone 4?
    1. Zokunei's Avatar
      Zokunei -
      They might have a point. http://theamazingios6maps.tumblr.com
    1. interceptor63's Avatar
      interceptor63 -
      I upgraded my iOS to 6 and the mapping and turn by turn is what I missed the most about being a previous Android user. Now iOS 6 is amazing with the turn by turn! Much better than Google Maps turn by turn!
    1. jjh76's Avatar
      jjh76 -
      No Street view in Apple Maps!
    1. NickFerguson's Avatar
      NickFerguson -
      Quote Originally Posted by Painkiller006 View Post
      That sucks for everyone else outside the US. And i mean wow, way to go Apple with the new maps <_< Attachment 612610
      That'd be one hell of a GT run :P
    1. MetallicaFan1991's Avatar
      MetallicaFan1991 -
      Really need Google Maps back with Street View, the new Maps app sucks balls.
    1. cgfusion's Avatar
      cgfusion -
      ummm, Google....umm, well...NO, I'll use Apples. Go goggle yourself.
    1. discostar's Avatar
      discostar -
      Quote Originally Posted by feidhlim1986 View Post
      iOS 6 maps is terribly inaccurate for me compared to Google maps, but it could just be Apple's trend of having features work properly in the US but not in the rest of the world.
      Haven't updated to ios 6 yet, but this scares me. I'd get so lost in those tiny Eurozone streets without Google Maps, and they dont even map most of those tiny streets. I'm scared now.
    1. Anthony Bouchard's Avatar
      Anthony Bouchard -
      Quote Originally Posted by jOnGarrett View Post
      Google maps on Android has literally dozens of features that are NOT available on iOS and will not be available on iOS maps.

      here's what Ive noticed since updating my iPhone 4S to iOS 6.
      - iOS maps has no voice navigation with turn by turn
      Apple could add new features to the Maps application in the future, so claiming iOS Maps application won't gain similar features in the future is basically a fallacious statement. There is no evidence to support this argument.

      And no turn-by-turn? Surely you couldn't have missed the biggest feature of iOS 6's Maps application:
    1. rockyseay's Avatar
      rockyseay -
      Quote Originally Posted by asmacumber View Post
      Google Maps sucks. It has since day 1. I love the new iOS maps app. No problems

      To be honest, the only Google product I have liked is their search engine. And even that has gotten annoying with their directed ads and stuff. Android is horrible (no matter the flavor). Maps sucks. Just not a big Google fan.
      Just had to take the chance to bash google huh?

      I use GPS drive. It's only $1 and a full year of voice navigation only cost $10. It's far better than any other maps service.
    1. Zokunei's Avatar
      Zokunei -
      Quote Originally Posted by cgfusion View Post
      ummm, Google....umm, well...NO, I'll use Apples. Go goggle yourself.
      I love this.
    1. manickbarry's Avatar
      manickbarry -
      Not used it much but seems Ok
    1. mlee19841's Avatar
      mlee19841 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Painkiller006 View Post
      That sucks for everyone else outside the US. And i mean wow, way to go Apple with the new maps <_< Attachment 612610
      Sweet 3d rendering. I haven't updated yet.
    1. Tperry's Avatar
      Tperry -
      Quote Originally Posted by cgfusion View Post
      ummm, Google....umm, well...NO, I'll use Apples. Go goggle yourself.
      Uhmmmm..basically there is the beginning of a consensus that the current BETA ( looks like an alpha to me) implementation of their maps sucks wind. Agreed that the original Google Maps on the 4/4S sucked, but that was an Apple limitation, not Google Maps. The Android implementation is great. Your statement really appears to be that of a fanboi, "Apple did make it so I won't use it, even if the other product is better" type.
    1. rickuk's Avatar
      rickuk -
      Being in the UK, the new Apple Maps sucks monkey balls. I'd be better off with an old fashioned paper map

      Search for Heathrow Airport 20 miles away from me and I get Heathrow Florida
      Luton Airport has moved from outside London to the other side of the country
      My town has vanished (25000 people)
      I've already written to one of the major supermarkets in the next town over advising them that they have to move a mile down to the road to where Apple insists they are located
      The road my sister lives on is on Apple but according to Apple there are no roads linking to it
      Searching for a Gas station Apple gave me directions then said I had to walk the last 60 yards

      No matter how slow Google maps is in Chrome there is no way I can use the Apple maps
    1. khyber's Avatar
      khyber -
      I think Apple dropped the ball on this. I used to do pizza delivery, and google maps on my phone was awesome. I love it; I hope Google releases a stand-alone app.
    1. feidhlim1986's Avatar
      feidhlim1986 -
      I look forward to a Jailbreak solution for iOS6 that puts the native Google Maps app pack on.