Purported Google Maps App Pictures Show App in Alpha Stages
They’re not exactly the type of screenshot pictures that we would expect from someone with an iPhone, however it could be that the iOS developer testing the application, Ben Guild, needed to hide certain elements from the public.
These pictures supposedly display pieces of the Google Maps application that Google has been rumored to be working on for the App Store. The reason for Google working on such an application would be because of Apple ditching Google Maps in iOS 6 and users not being happy with Apple’s new iOS 6 Maps application and its features. Google also launched their own YouTube application through the App Store because Apple removed theirs in iOS 6.
The application is reportedly in early alpha stages and Guild was able to get his hands on a copy for testing. In the screenshots we see the obvious search bar at the top, a compass similar to the one in Apple’s iOS 6 Maps, and a symbol displaying a time estimate. Judging the appearance of the individual elements in the application, the design definitely looks like something of Google's making. The actual map on the other hand looks a little suspect, as it almost looks like Apple's. This could just be because it's in alpha stages.
According to MacRumors
, the application will support the iPhone 5’s 4-inch display and it uses vector images that are “fast,” and support two finger rotations at "any angle." There isn't an official ETA for Google's Maps to come to the iOS App Store yet, but this news seems to support that it is coming.
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