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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,...
10-14-2012, 04:26 PM #1
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, although 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.
Will you be using Google's Maps application instead of Apple's?
10-14-2012, 04:44 PM #2
I will be using Google maps because of the transit information. The new Apple Maps does not give me any info on bus schedules and train times.
10-14-2012, 04:50 PM #3
I miss Street View, wtf were Apple thinking getting rid of Google maps!
10-14-2012, 05:22 PM #4
Can't wait to get my google maps back.
10-14-2012, 05:23 PM #5
I'm definitely using it. As much as i love using stock apps, Apple's Maps just isn't trust able. Maybe in a years time I'll use it, but for now Google is the way to go.
10-14-2012, 05:45 PM #6
I was just in NYC for meetings and for the first time since IOS 6 dropped, and let me tell you, I didn't like the maps, but it's poorly done. Google maps just had so many more POI's when trying to get around Manhattan. I had to borrow a nav unit.
10-14-2012, 07:24 PM #7
.. wow what a leak. they are making a google maps app. word.
anyway why do you all hate on apples maps app? Its been great for me
10-14-2012, 08:16 PM #8
U should see apples idea of a left turn was a couple weeks ago...for some reason this app won't let me upload pic...anyway, it was quite comical...
10-14-2012, 08:19 PM #9
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10-14-2012, 08:58 PM #11
I would gladly use google stand alone app any day.
Last edited by ssjbrolly; 10-14-2012 at 09:00 PM.
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10-14-2012, 09:35 PM #13
I live in NY and use the iOS 6 map for the past 3 days here in NY and also NJ and works perfect. I don't miss good map at all. In my case is a big +.
10-14-2012, 10:38 PM #14
How is it so hard to make the same app but with an extra .3 inches, i don't get why Google didn't have a backup plan since they knew with months in advance that apple was removing the app. If Google has the rights to the original maps, which are the same as the browser version, just fix the size for the iphone 5 and just name it Google Maps, and if there is any conflict with the Maps part, just use the M alone, of call it Google Roads, bottom line, this whole maps fiasco is just Google and Apple messing with us, in the end they are like step brothers, different parents but same family.
10-14-2012, 11:05 PM #15
-Is Apple Maps perfect? No.
-Is it good enough? Yes.
-Will it ever be as good as Google Maps? Prolly not; Google has put many more years into their maps service than Apple has.
I don't see what all the uproar is about, though. It'll get better in time and although it might never be as great as Google's, its not worth putting an unnecessary app on my phone just cuz it's not the same as before.
...my two cents
10-14-2012, 11:58 PM #16
10-15-2012, 12:51 AM #17
Sure. I would use the browser version of Google maps instead of Apple maps on my iphone 4 and new ipad; I'm in Europe, Apple maps seems 20 years behind ..
10-15-2012, 01:24 AM #18
I don't have a complaint with apple maps, but this can be handy for those that travel a lot or are new to a certain place on the world
10-15-2012, 02:26 AM #19
10-15-2012, 03:54 AM #20
I think we're missing the fact that Google may be using Vector graphics to create for their map app. Yeah, no, Google never copies Apple...