Google Maps officially available in Apple’s App Store

Posted on Dec 12 2012 - 11:57pm by Mike Wewerka

Well after months of speculation and rumors, Google has finally released their Maps app for iOS. The new app features a very similar look to Google’s redesigned Gmail app. Google has also included many of the features that made the Android version so great, like public transit directions, Street View, local search and most importantly, voice guided turn-by-turn navigation.

After the debacle that was/is Apple Maps, iPhone (and other iOS device) users can finally have their “Google” maps back. While Apple’s maps will surely get better over time, Google’s maps are by and far the best solution on any device. Here’s a break down of some of the new features in Google Maps:

Search
* Find addresses, places and businesses around the world with Google local search.
* Discover places to eat, drink, shop and play, with ratings and local reviews.
* Sign in to sync your searches, directions, and favorite places between your computer and your phone.

Directions
* Get voice guided, turn-by-turn driving directions.
* Find your way by train, bus, subway or walking directions.
* Access live traffic information in cities across the world.

Street View and imagery
* View 360-degree panoramas of places around the globe with Street View.
* See inside more than 100,000 businesses worldwide.
* View high resolution satellite imagery of locations around the world.

Simple and easy to use
* An entirely new Google Maps experience on your iPhone.
* Newly designed and streamlined interface for even easier navigation of your world.
* Use gestures to explore the map and browse results.

The app requires that devices be running iOS 5.1 and works on the iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, iPod Touch 3Gen, 4Gen and 5Gen as well as the iPad. Because the app just launched (at the time of writing this) some users may find it difficult to locate it via the App Store’s search feature, so here’s a direct link: Google Maps.