Google Maps For iPhone Was Downloaded Over 10 Million Times In Less Than Two Days

Google Maps For iPhone Was Downloaded Over 10 Million Times In Less Than Two Days

We all know that the new Google Maps app has been a big hit on the iPhone since it launched last week. The highly anticipated app shot to the top of the App Store’s charts in a matter of hours. According to Google Senior VP of Geo and Commerce Jeff Huber, Google Maps for iPhone was downloaded a jaw-dropping 10 million times in the first 48 hours of its release.

Huber made the announcement on Google+ moments ago:

We’re excited for the positive reception of Google Maps for iPhone around the world. 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’s new Maps app for iOS includes Street View and transit directions, two key features missing from Apple Maps in iOS 6. Apple originally wanted Google to add turn-by-turn navigation to the stock Maps app before iOS 6, and now both Apple Maps and Google Maps feature turn-by-turn on the iPhone.

Google Maps for iPhone is available for free in the App Store. The app has an average rating of 4.5 stars. No word yet on when an iPad version will be ready.

  • FriarNurgle

    I can honestly see many people really really needing this due to the public transit nav, but I only downloaded it to see what all the excitement was about. It seem ok, but deleted it and sticking with Apple maps.

  • Dave Stephens

    Google maps can find goods and services reliably and accurately. Apple maps CANNOT. And the mistakes that Apple maps makes are many – entire towns are misplaced. Countless businesses simply do not exist.

    For simple addresses, Apple maps is fine and dandy. For every other normal search
    like, “Office supplies” or “day care,” Apple maps is a constant FAIL.

  • Atienne

    I can honestly see many people really really needing this due to the public transit nav, but I only downloaded it to see what all the excitement was about. It seem ok, but deleted it and sticking with Apple maps.

    I downloaded it just to see what all the yuck was about. I still use Apple Maps.

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