Google Maps For iPhone Is Out In The App Store!

Google Maps For iPhone Is Out In The App Store!

After months of anticipation, Google just unleashed Google Maps for iPhone in Apple’s App Store. It was reported earlier tonight that the app was set to go live, and it’s now available.

After Apple abandoned Google Maps for its own mapping technology in iOS 6, Google has been working on a new, standalone app to submit. It’s finally here.

Unlike the previous Maps iOS app by Google, this one features turn-by-turn navigation. There’s also Google Street View, a feature sorely lacking in Apple Maps. The app has a different look and feel from the stock Google Maps app of old. Here are the full release notes from Google:

Navigate your world with Google Maps, now available for iPhone. Get comprehensive, accurate and easy-to-use maps with built-in Google local search, voice guided turn-by-turn navigation, public transit directions, Street View and more. Use Google Maps to discover great places to eat, drink, shop and play, with ratings and reviews from people you trust. Sign in to save your favorite places and quickly access all your past searches and directions from your computer, right on your phone.

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.

Google Maps For iPhone Is Out In The App Store!

Update: The App Store is now saying “The item you tried to buy is no longer available.” We’re not sure why. Hang on.

Update 2: And it’s back! Carry on.

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  • Stevaroo01

    I’m getting a “the item you tried to purchase is no longer available” message. What’s up with that?

  • Bgniko

    Im get the same message, Unavailable

  • BJB_89

    Same message here. At this point I am starting to believe Google is just f*cking with iPhone users

  • beachcoaster

    I purchased it through my computer and then got it through the Cloud purchase on my iPhone.

    Computer:Iphone:App store:Updates:Purchased and voila. Hope this works.

  • TheMacGuy

    I’m getting an error on both my iPhone 5 and Mac in iTunes.

    iTunes on my Mac:
    “This item is temporally unavailable. Try again later.”

    iPhone:
    “The item you tried to buy is no longer available.”

    Who’s to blame?

  • Kidcosan

    The same thing happened with Gmail. It will be available in a couple of hours.

  • Paullloydjohnson

    Don’t need. Don’t want.

  • That_Dan_Person

    Why isn’t it an iPad iPhone App?

  • Jonathan Alexander Llamas

    Downloaded it through itunes on my mac and it downloaded automatically on my iphone.
    Maybes its me but it does seem alot faster than the old google maps.

  • bigmanbigdreams

    i got it and its B- E- A- U-tiful! (jim carrey voice)

  • DuffyMoon

    Didn’t have any issues with Apple Maps and prefer the design, but the new Google Maps really is very nice indeed – seems super quick, good functionality and comparing two similar areas on both has underlined how much richer the data is. It’ll be my default choice again but that said, we would never have got this new version had Apple not released their own plus Apple’s should continue to get better over time – two great maps choices and wins all round.

  • nolavabo

    The effect on the customer has been discussed plenty, but from a *business* point of view, Apple played this brilliantly. Pre-iOS 6, they were paying Google every time you loaded a map, or even zoomed in or out. And Google refused to let Apple gain access to turn by turn.

    Fast forward to today. They aren’t paying Google one cent for their maps, iOS users get access to the same information as before but now have access to Google’s turn by turn. And the server load is shunted from a shared load between Apple and Google to being 100% Google.

  • turco320

    The app is better than Android xD

  • Robert X

    Yawn. Really? So what at this point.

  • Shane Bryson

    Why isn’t it an iPad iPhone App?

    Google says on their blog that an iPad version is coming.

  • Shane Bryson

    Yawn. Really? So what at this point.

    The point is that Apple maps are a complete disaster and this works, and works extremely well. Probably a good idea to not Fanboy on this issue.

  • daov2a

    Wow, this blows Apple Maps out of the water! Actual functionality I can use and it does not get me lost! Fantastics. Now, if I could only set a default maps app and completely remove Apple’s crap…

  • Th3_1d

    Turn by turn voice comes in one flavour. Whiney American female. Ahhhhhhhhhh, No. As if driving through major cities isn’t annoying enough without having to listen to Ellen Degenerate whine her commands at me. No thank you!

    If the voice is the only thing a giant fanboy such as you has to bitch about, I know this is a good product.

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