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The eagerly awaited debut of a standalone Google Maps application for iOS was quickly embraced by users, who downloaded the software more than 10 million times in the first two days.

The achievement was announced by Jeff Huber, senior vice president of Commerce & Local at Google, announced on his Google+ account on Monday. He also encouraged users to share their feedback, especially within the application, which users can do by shaking their iPhone.

"We're excited for the positive reception of Google Maps for iPhone around the world," he said. "Congratulations to the Maps Team on the recognition for the passion and hard work they poured into it, for this release and over the last 7+ years."

Google Maps for iOS launched last week on the App Store, and is designed for the iPhone and iPod touch. Though it runs on the iPad, a version of the application designed for the larger displays of the iPad lineup is said to be forthcoming.

As of Monday, Google Maps remains the No. 1 most popular free application on the iOS App Store. It is followed by Google's YouTube as the No. 4 most popular download.

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With the launch of iOS 6 in September, Apple decided to abandon both Google Maps and YouTube as native applications built-in to its mobile operating system. While YouTube was removed completely, Apple replaced Google Maps data with its own proprietary mapping service in the native Maps application in iOS 6.

The changes were made as a result of a growing rivalry between Apple and Google, as the two compete in the smartphone market with Google's Android the most popular mobile operating system.

Market watchers feel that the release of Google Maps for iOS has its pros and cons for Apple. On the plus side, users now have a plethora of competitive mapping options on the platform. But the negative public perception surrounding Apple's iOS 6 Maps has also been a detriment to the company.
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Is that all? 1wink.gif
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I am one of the 10 million downloaders and the app is tucked away on my last page in case Apple Maps or TomTom doesn't seem to be working, or I need to use Street View. I suspect I'll use once every 3 to 6 months.

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I am one of them but I deleted it right away once I found out what an ad-filled, evil, PoS it was.
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I also am one of the downloaders. After trying it out on two short trips while comparing Apple's App at the same time, but on a different phone, I decided the App needs work and I prefer my Apple Maps App and Navigon. Specifically, it forgets sometimes to tell you to turn. Further, it fails to effectively autocorrect routes on the fly. In addition, it isn't super easy to figure out how to use. Apple's build in maps didn't suffer the same issues. Moreover, I really like telling Siri to give me directions. 

 

In my view the press is raving over the Google Map App, but the praise is over blown. Further, people were downloading the app and giving it 5 stars without even trying it out. 

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The achievement was announced by Jeff Huber, senior vice president of Commerce & Local at Google, announced on his Google+ account on Monday. 

Announced on Google+? I'm surprised anyone heard about it.

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Funny to see people on this site bash Google Maps in favor of Apple's. They both have pros and cons, but no denying Google has a far more extensive database of locations. 

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In January or February I'd like to see a poll of iPhone 4S and 5 users to see how many times people use the app.
 

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Apple's build in maps didn't suffer the same issues. Moreover, I really like telling Siri to give me directions.

That is the most common reason I now use Apple Maps over TomTom. It's just so easy to ask for a route; no jumping through a dozen screens and manually typing in a location. It only takes a minute or so to complete but Siri only takes a few seconds to make the request.

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I am one of the 10 million downloaders and the app is tucked away on my last page in case Apple Maps or TomTom doesn't seem to be working, or I need to use Street View. I suspect I'll use once every 3 to 6 months.

 

Ditto.

 

Don't get too excited Google. You have mapping competition now, and it may not be so easy in the future to withhold features...

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Funny to see people on this site bash Google Maps in favor of Apple's. They both have pros and cons, but no denying Google has a far more extensive database of locations. 

 

Kind of surprising after several years, you think?

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I did not download the map because I don't need it.
It will soon disappear from all iOS devices.
10 million is a small percentage IOS users, But Google is now tracking everything that these users do.
Talk about Invasion of privacy...
Edited by AppleSauce007 - 12/17/12 at 2:06pm
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Originally Posted by TBell View Post

I also am one of the downloaders. After trying it out on two short trips while comparing Apple's App at the same time, but on a different phone, I decided the App needs work and I prefer my Apple Maps App and Navigon. Specifically, it forgets sometimes to tell you to turn. Further, it fails to effectively autocorrect routes on the fly. In addition, it isn't super easy to figure out how to use. Apple's build in maps didn't suffer the same issues. Moreover, I really like telling Siri to give me directions. 

 

In my view the press is raving over the Google Map App, but the praise is over blown. Further, people were downloading the app and giving it 5 stars without even trying it out. 

 

I think it's really deceptive the way they say it only collects "anonymous" data when in fact it's tracking every single thing you do and everywhere you go and linking it to your Google plus account.  You can refuse to sign in, and then presumably the tracking will revert back to being, if not entirely anonymous, at least "sort of" anonymous.  But it's almost impossible to use the app without signing in, it nags you constantly to sign in, and if you don't sign in, you don't get all the features of the app.  

 

Given how much hassle Apple got over it's (actually, truly, really) anonymous tracking of users a while ago, I find it shocking in the extreme that Google has come out with this horrible evil PoS and not a single person is taking them to task for it.  Talk about your double-standards.  

 

This app is everything Apple was being criticised over previously, but all the little tech-boy bloggers are giving it glowing reviews anyhow.  I know it's getting 10/10 on some sites, but how can an app that treats a users privacy so cavalierly ever be more than a 5/10?  It's arguable which mapping app is more accurate, but it's plainly obvious that only Apple is looking out for your safety and privacy.  

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I'm sure that Google maps will prove to be one of the most popular (if not THE most popular app on the app store) for quite some time. That said, I think most iPhone users will be fine with the stock apple maps.
10 million downloads out of 400 million iOS devices is small. Even if that number climbs to 100 million downloads, it still won't make up the majority of iOS users. And many of those downloads will be used maybe once or twice and then put into a folder in case Apple maps doesn't work for a specific location but won't be used as the primary mapping app.

Apple benefits in that the most vocal critics now have something they will be satisfied with, while the vast majority of map users will still use Apple maps and improve it. It may never completely surpass Google maps, but as long as it continues to improve and catch up, Apple will be better off.
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I wonder what percentage this would be of the iOS6 user base?

(Fair warning - these numbers could be completely wrong...)

According to Wikipedia, Apple sold 250M iPhones through June 2012. Last I heard, at least 60% of the iPhone traffic was on iOS6, so lets call that 150M iPhones with iOS6.

So I guess we would call that about 7% of the iPhones with iOS6 have installed Google Maps?

Certainly not the "Map Apocalypse" some people are worried about...

I spent the last two weeks on a road trip using Apple's turn by turn directions, and it worked great. I'm not going to bother with Google maps unless I want Street View...
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I'm going to stick with Apple Maps. I just dislike all things "Google" Sorry. :)

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Tried to run it. It wanted me to set up an account. Stopped using it at that very moment.

I could live with ads, but having to create an account is just too much of a pain and God only knows what happens once you create that account.
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I'm going to stick with Apple Maps. I just dislike all things "Google" Sorry. :)

 

I don't think I could ever trust Google (evil empire) and try to use their services as little as possible. Like SolipsismX, I've got the Google Maps app relegated to the last page of apps on my phone and I have literally only used it once on the day or day after it was released. Apple's Maps app will continue to improve and it'll be interesting to revisit this in 1 or 2 years time.

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I am one of the 10 M.  Tried it on a quick trip this weekend.  The mapping itself is fine but it sucked at finding a specific location. For example, looking for a place to eat, typed in the name and it sucked at trying to figure out how to get there.  Closed it, opened Siri and she found what I wanted and took me there easily vua stock maps.

 

Not saying Google's maps suck, it's a fine looking app and I'll keep it.  But the integration wasn't really great to me.

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I downloaded Google Maps. It's still pretty much essential if you live in London.
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Well, they're counting me in the 10 mil. I just wanted to see what the big deal was about. Doubt I'll use it.
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I downloaded too, definitely wanted to compare...

 

Street View will be occasionally useful, for sure; otherwise, I'm sticking with Apple Maps for day-to-day use...

Visually superior, better/simpler interface, Siri, etc.  Integated 3D flyover instead of jumping to a separate app (Google Earth)...

 

The visual artifacts of 3D flyover will fade over time, and they don't have any impact on my day-to-day use...

 

I'm sure it felt good to the digital elite and short-selling bloggers to take some shots at Apple, the company certainly fell short of their own standards... You know, build 'em up, tear 'em down... But I'm guessing in a few months, we will continues to see way more usage of Apple Maps than Google Maps on iPhones... Same as we've seen with the devices themselves: Android is winning the unit volume, particularly on the low-end, but Apple kills with actual web ($) usage...

 

But, speaking of downloads, iOS 6 with Apple Maps has been downloaded, what, about 250 million times since September?

Once again, Google got a little too greedy...

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Same with me!  :)

I stopped at once...  But, I later noticed you could continue with the download without setting up an account, which I did...  Buried in the fine print...

 

Typical Google, they're force-feeding (almost) folks into Google Play accounts to do anything...

 

That's why the Google+ numbers are so bogus - they don't reflect market enthusiasm or actual usage (which is terrible), but mostly forced registrations for other Google services...

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AI's posters certainly shouldn't be used as a measure of all iDevice users but on this forum there is a clear consensus of people willing to give Google's app a chance.

Also, aspenboy and aross99 make some good points regarding the number of downloads in comparison to the installed base.

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AI's posters certainly shouldn't be used as a measure of all iDevice users but on this forum there is a clear consensus of people willing to give Google's app a chance.
Also, aspenboy and aross99 make some good points regarding the number of downloads in comparison to the installed base.

 

It was curiosity for me, plain and simple. I happen to really like Apple's Maps but figured I give the Google Maps app a whirl in case it blew my socks off. Well, that didn't happen so I'll stick to Apple's Maps app.

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I downloaded it on my new iPad. Needs to be 2x to use and then jaggy as heck. I foolishly thought it was going to support both iPhone and iPad. Also, really didn't like the implied necessity of registering or logging in. If it asked that each time I went to use it, I would be an unhappy camper. As it is, I prefer Apple's solution for now.
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I wonder what percentage this would be of the iOS6 user base?
(Fair warning - these numbers could be completely wrong...)
According to Wikipedia, Apple sold 250M iPhones through June 2012. Last I heard, at least 60% of the iPhone traffic was on iOS6, so lets call that 150M iPhones with iOS6.
So I guess we would call that about 7% of the iPhones with iOS6 have installed Google Maps?
Certainly not the "Map Apocalypse" some people are worried about...
I spent the last two weeks on a road trip using Apple's turn by turn directions, and it worked great. I'm not going to bother with Google maps unless I want Street View...

 

I mentioned a couple of days ago that even counting just the iPhone 5 buyers, 10 million downloads would be just over 20% of that base. Even that figure is not the Map Apocalypse.

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I am one of the 10 million downloaders and the app is tucked away on my last page in case Apple Maps or TomTom doesn't seem to be working, or I need to use Street View. I suspect I'll use once every 3 to 6 months.

 

I just put it in my Navigation folder, with the rest:-

 

 

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post #29 of 75

I used two iPhone 5's.  One with Google and the other with iOS Maps.  Bother performed exactly as I needed them too.  WTF?

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I'm curious why people seem to hate Google+ here. I love it, it works extremely well with my Macs, as well as iDevices...

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None of that's me.

 

Don't need Google tracking me and the Apple map does a great job in my experience so why bother? Now I've got home screen after home screen with apps I've added so I'm not at all averse to adding another, but I do try and avoid unnecessary duplication.

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This app is everything Apple was being criticised over previously, but all the little tech-boy bloggers are giving it glowing reviews anyhow.  I know it's getting 10/10 on some sites, but how can an app that treats a users privacy so cavalierly ever be more than a 5/10?  It's arguable which mapping app is more accurate, but it's plainly obvious that only Apple is looking out for your safety and privacy.  

 

Maybe because their sites are largely funded by advertising revenue from Google, who also have the power to make sites disappear from relevance in a heartbeat.

 

A couple of little tweaks to the ranking algorithms and you are on page 337 of search results.

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I still find Google Maps to be superior to Apple's overall. For example, I find that if you don't know the exact name of a business, Google will figure it out while Apple will either not find anything or find some completely wrong Yelp-listed restaurant instead.

 

Just this past weekend, I was looking for our local Lafayette Hotel, but I wasn't sure of the name and put it in as "Hotel Lafayette". Apple Maps took me to some hotel in Lafayette, Indiana, while Google Maps knew what I meant and brought up the hotel I was looking for.

 

Personally, I don't have a problem with Google tracking my every move.


Edited by TokyoJimu - 12/17/12 at 2:59pm
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I'm curious why people seem to hate Google+ here. I love it, it works extremely well with my Macs, as well as iDevices...

 

I can barely keep up with Facebook and Twitter, why bother with another time waster?

 

btw I don't "hate" inanimate objects, such as companies and software, it's pointless, criticise sure, but hate, no.

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That is the most common reason I now use Apple Maps over TomTom. It's just so easy to ask for a route; no jumping through a dozen screens and manually typing in a location. It only takes a minute or so to complete but Siri only takes a few seconds to make the request.

 

 

LOL. Yes, but you had to give up the Darth Vader voice. Seriously, the Google App sucks in terms of simplicity. For instance, once you have it search for a location it than is not clear what to do next for it to map out a route using your current location. You can figure it out for sure, but it took me a couple of tries. Siri solves that problem. 

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Another article at Ars Technica calls the 10M "desperate". It's insane how junky journalism can take facts out of context and blow it out of proportions. I would lie if I said I wasn't offended by the headline. I honestly think that most of those 10M users downloaded the maps for the same two reasons I did: 1. Just curious; and 2. Incredible wide-spread hype about the "long awaited Google Maps app is here" got me all exited. I personally moved on to the Apple maps. Works great in my NY area. I will keep the Google maps as a backup.
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Personally, I don't have a problem with Google tracking my every move.

 

Could this be that this is because you are from China and you are used to such information being easily shared with the government? I ask that seriously. I have always been taught to have a healthy distrust of the government. Things might be different where you live. The problem isn't just with Google having the data, but also the government's ability to access the data from Google. 

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I'm curious why people seem to hate Google+ here. I love it, it works extremely well with my Macs, as well as iDevices...

 

 

Perhaps, because I really don't want my every online move attached to my real name.

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I downloaded it and tucked Apple's Mapping app in my folder of little used programs.
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Google has done at least two things right that Apple might learn from. First, it came right out and said this is a beta. Hard to have bad press, when you warned everybody first. Hard to see why Apple didn't do that with Maps when it did it with Siri. Second, iPhone users don't get turn by turn from Apple unless they are on a 4S or 5. That is a mistake on Apple's part because there are a lot of 3GS and 4's in operations. Apple is essentially telling those people to use and become familiar with something such as Google's product. I suspect maybe this is tied to Siri as the same phones that can't use turn by turn also can't use Siri. Nonetheless, Apple should fix that. 

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