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:
Originally Posted by Wall Street Journal
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