Originally Posted by wakefinance
Where are you getting your information on normal use? On my Galaxy Nexus (yes, I have an Android phone) I use turn by turn navigation a couple times a week. I never use street view because navigation lets me watch the road and simply listen to prompts. Plus, the street view image of your destination is shown when you're close enough to see the building. If Apple builds in turn by turn navigation into iOS maps, you'll quickly realize that it is the key feature to any mobile maps application.
To the average person, turn-by-turn is immensely useful. And I'd argue that it was one of the key factors in helping Android gain popularity. Until Google Maps Navigation came along, companies like Nokia would charge for map packs, etc. Google made Navigation a standard feature and is utterly decimating the standalone GPS market. It's forced Nokia to make Nokia Drive free. MS followed with turn-by-turn on Windows Phone with Bing Maps for free. And now it's Apple's turns.
And yeah, once you have it, you can't go back. Tom Tom app is nice. But there's nothing like an integrated maps app.
Originally Posted by eat@me
Nokia and Navteq have been doing everything that Google just announced. They have 3D maps, Offline usage on mobile, Turn by Turn, Routing, etc. Seems like Google was trying to pre-empt the Apple announcement and play some catch up to Nokia/Navteq
To be fair, (if I'm not mistaken) Nokia doesn't cache a local area, they let you download map packs. That does take up space on the phone. Being able to simply save the map of an area you are in is pretty handy. I travelled to Europe last summer and did just that. Simply downloaded the map for the 10 square miles of the area I was in, on wifi, before leaving the hotel.
The one benefit about Google Maps though is universal service. Nokia maps is pretty much terrible outside Europe and a few urban centres. I live in a condo that's 5 years old in Ottawa. Doesn't show up on Nokia Maps. And there's no way Nokia Maps will give you transit directions on the suburban rail and bus network in Mumbai, like Google Maps did for me, on vacation this past Christmas. Navigation on transit is actually pretty decent feature, especially if you're in an unfamiliar place.
Originally Posted by sleepy3
Well he was just responding to standard response 358 out of iphone handbook
"Android is just ripping off "insert feature" from iOS"
On another note, at the end of the day. To the NORMAL person (90% of iphone buyers, those that have never even heard of what an A5 chip is) buying an iphone, the fact of the matter is if the mapping app that comes with the phone is good enough (gives turn by turn and tell you where the nearest gas station is), they will never use anything else. Apple know that. They don't NEED to map out the inside of every shopping mall. All of those are awesome features to have, but unless you ever used an android phone you won't even know it exists, and hence wouldn't care about it.
Bottom line, Apple releases a 'good enough app' that does its PRIMARY function (get you from point A to point B), they win.
I mostly agree with this. To simply retain their customers, basic map functionality is good enough. I would actually suggest that Apple may even avoid turn-by-turn functionality just so they don't kill off sales for navigation apps (and the cut they get).
I would disagree though that users aren't going to find out added features on Google Maps. You forget that lots of people do use Google Maps on their desktop. The mobile function is an extension of that. You can be sure, they'll be exposed to whatever Google is cooking up on maps.
I'm curious to see Apple's solution. Native maps is one of my three requirements for me to consider moving from Android to the iPhone (the other two being a bigger screen and support for my carrier). Google Maps with Navigation is amazing. Not just for the car turn-by-turn stuff. I use Transit directions a ton. I'm curious to see what Apple does for directions, points of interest, turn-by-turn navigation, transit directions, etc. 3D Maps? Meh. Nice aesthetic gimmick I suppose.