It Takes Google Maps Just 7 Hours To Hit First Place In App Store’s Free Chart

It Takes Google Maps Just 7 Hours To Hit First Place In App Store’s Free Chart

Google released an official Google Maps app for the iPhone on Wednesday evening — I’m sure you’ve already downloaded it to your device — and as you might expect, it’s already incredibly popular. Users have since been rushing to reclaim the mapping service that Apple booted out of iOS with its latest iOS 6 update, helping Google Maps rocket to the top of the App Store’s free chart in just seven hours. It has knocked Apple’s own 12 Days of Christmas app down to second place.

The app hasn’t just been popular, but it’s been receiving a lot of good reviews, too. At the time of writing this piece, it has a 5-star rating from more than 8,400 ratings, while David Pogue of The New York Times calls it “an astonishingly powerful, accurate, beautiful tool.”

It Takes Google Maps Just 7 Hours To Hit First Place In App Store’s Free Chart

Not only does Google Maps bring back some of the features we lost with iOS 6 — such as Street View and transit directions — it also introduces some new ones, including Google’s own voice-guided turn-by-turn navigation service, and live traffic information. It doesn’t quite have all the features boasted by its Android counterpart, but Google has admitted that it is a better app.

If you haven’t downloaded Google Maps yet and you rely on your iPhone to get you around, you can find the free app in the App Store now. But before you do that, be sure to check out Cult of Mac’s review.

  • Robert X

    I have not downloaded. Why should I? Good riddance.

    * Rendering is faster on Apple Maps

    * Apple Maps caches a much larger area offline, while Google Maps is basically useless without a network connection

    * Apple Maps integration in iOS apps is better than embedding Google Maps, which is very obvious if you compare 3rd party public transit apps that use Apple Maps to Google transit directions.

    Not saying Apple Maps is nearly as good as Google Maps (because it isn’t), but it is certainly good enough for me.

  • Shane Bryson

    I have not downloaded. Why should I? Good riddance.

    * Rendering is faster on Apple Maps

    * Apple Maps caches a much larger area offline, while Google Maps is basically useless without a network connection

    * Apple Maps integration in iOS apps is better than embedding Google Maps, which is very obvious if you compare 3rd party public transit apps that use Apple Maps to Google transit directions.

    Not saying Apple Maps is nearly as good as Google Maps (because it isn’t), but it is certainly good enough for me.

    First off, do not admit you haven’t downloaded it and tried it and then criticize it. That makes you look completely ignorant.

    Second, I tested both this morning. Google is MUCH faster at rendering than Apple.

    I have always found offline maps useless anyway. I guess it has it’s place if you are using something like an iPod, which I would suggest you get a smart phone. If you are somewhere without signal, you probably aren’t in an area that has a lot of roads and it probably isn’t hard to figure out where to go.

    As for embedding, you’re telling me that Yelp!, which uses Apple’s maps in iOS, embeds better than FourSquare, which uses Google? Not a chance. You need to go back and try those two apps.

  • ksuyen

    Google map is good. Apple map is good. Map is difficult to make. As the little brother of the two, give Apple times. Why not using two? Two maps are better than one, which you can use for cross reference.

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