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  • Google Reportedly Distributed A Test Version of iOS Google Maps App


    Many continue to look forward to the release of Google’s stand-alone Google Maps application for iOS, since Apple’s iOS 6 Maps have been causing issues for a number of users. So far, Nokia has announced that their 'Here' maps will be coming to iOS in a few weeks, but Google has yet to give anyone an estimated time of arrival for their Google Maps application.

    A report from the Wall Street Journal may finally shed some light on the progress of such an application. According to the report, Google has distributed test versions of the Google Maps application to select iOS users to preview:

    Quote Originally Posted by Wall Street Journal
    Google has distributed a test version of its new mapping app that will work on Apple's iPhones to some individuals outside the company, said a person with direct knowledge of the matter. Google has been putting the finishing touches on the app before submitting it for approval to the Apple iTunes store, this person said, though it's unclear exactly when that will happen.
    The report also informs us that the application will have support for turn-by-turn navigation, which Apple just brought to their own Maps application in iOS 6. It may be using a voice similar to the voice used in Google Now from Google's new Google Search application.

    The fact that the application has now escalated to the stages of beta distribution means that progress is happening. Just last month, screenshots were leaked showing what was supposedly the Google Maps application in its alpha stages.

    The hard part, of course, may be getting Apple to approve the application in the App Store when it’s submitted. Tons of users have been pushing for the application since iOS 6 was released and a great number would be highly disappointed to see an application like this turned down from the App Store.

    If you’re looking forward to the Google Maps application joining the arsenal of Google’s App Store apps, hopefully you shouldn’t have to wait too much longer.

    Sources: Wall Street Journal
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Google Reportedly Distributed A Test Version of iOS Google Maps App started by Anthony Bouchard View original post
    Comments 24 Comments
    1. unison999's Avatar
      unison999 -
      Quote Originally Posted by mvangogh View Post
      then i won't download it

      i fly over 100k miles/year and rely on gmaps HEAVILY. haven't upgraded from 5 because of it. can't afford to take a chance. i hope gmaps comes out soon and i hope there's no fee.
      It is not $10/mo but $10 for the app.
      If you fly that much and rely on google maps, $10 for the lifetime of the app is not that bad...

      My guess is the app would be for free, but they may offer voice navigation for $20/year like the MotionX GPS Drive from Microsoft.
    1. confucious's Avatar
      confucious -
      Quote Originally Posted by Anthony Bouchard View Post
      I didn't say it was hated at all. Only that some were having problems with it.
      Trust me, it is hated.
      Outside the USA it is useless. Satellite images are of such poor quality in lots of areas as to be almost useless. It has no StreetView at all. The data is so inaccurate that, although they can improve it via user updates, so few people are bothering it will take a long time to get anywhere near as accurate as Googles -which itself is improving all the time.

      Apple maps is the main reason I won't update my iPad, I hope google maps is released before an app update I really need is for iOS6 only.
    1. Anthony Bouchard's Avatar
      Anthony Bouchard -
      Quote Originally Posted by confucious View Post
      Trust me, it is hated.
      Outside the USA it is useless. Satellite images are of such poor quality in lots of areas as to be almost useless. It has no StreetView at all. The data is so inaccurate that, although they can improve it via user updates, so few people are bothering it will take a long time to get anywhere near as accurate as Googles -which itself is improving all the time.

      Apple maps is the main reason I won't update my iPad, I hope google maps is released before an app update I really need is for iOS6 only.
      I'm sorry to hear that.
    1. wiipro's Avatar
      wiipro -
      I never upgraded so I could save my jailbreak, I STILL GOT GOOGLE MAPS