Google: If You’re Not Using Our Mobile Map App, You’re Probably Lost (And Lonely)

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Google’s Daniel Graf accepting the 2012 Crunchies award.

Google won the award for Best Mobile Application at the sixth edition of the TechCrunch Crunchies Awards, beating out Grindr, Instagram, and Square.

“I see a few empty seats, so it looks like those guys haven’t downloaded the app and got lost somewhere,” said the Daniel Graf, Google’s director of mobile maps, accepting the statue of a gorilla smashing a TV set.

Linking all the nominees in the category together, Graf underlined how the Google Mobile app – also named the best iOS app of 2012 by Cult of Mac readers – keeps you a little less lonely. (Not like Apple maps, we suppose, which promises in vain to lead you to dark places like this.)

“Everything is data driven..You start with Grindr to make an appointment, use Google Maps to go there, capture moment with Instagram, then you have to pay (for drinks!) with Square and write it all down in Evernote for that next movie script.”

The soiree, held at Davies Symphony hall, was billed as the Oscars of the tech world but could have been easily mistaken for a seventh grade talent show, minus that smell of chalk dust and sweat.

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John Oliver, the most professional thing about the Crunchies.

The emcee blundered the name of musical guest GZA. The slides of the nominees were out of order or just wrong. (For the Google award, they mention two names under a river of music, then only Graf jumped up on stage to grab it.)

No matter. There was Mark Zuckerberg, who won for “Ceo of the Year,”  and Marissa Meyer nominated in the same category who definitely beat him out dress-wise in a blue sequined number. San Francisco’s Mayor summarized his state of the city in a nerd-digestible infographic.

John Oliver, an impeccable presenter who kept the event afloat, nailed it when he said, “This night is about what nerds do best. Judge each other.”

  • goodvillenews

    I am not using google maps, but instead waze; in our country it’s much much better than google maps. Just my 2 cents ;)

  • dieselmaniac

    I like Waze too. I tend to use it the most. However, the few times I’ve used the google maps app I wasn’t disappointed. I’d say the Google Maps app is a lot better than the Apple Maps app, which has failed me many times. I don’t even bother with it any more.

  • FriarNurgle

    Apple maps works fine for me.

  • kavok

    I’ve been using the Apple Maps app since it came out in iOS 6 and it has never misdirected me or failed me in any way. As usual the media grabs on to the small percentage of people that have had issues and blows it out of proportion. It is an awesome app and I’ve been very happy with it.

  • Robert X

    If I am not using Apple Maps, I am using Mapquest. Neither has given me problems.

  • Norbs

    I swap between Google Maps and Apple Maps. I haven’t had any issues with Apple Maps and it’s actually pretty damn good when it comes to turn by turn. I can use it on my motorcycle with just headphones plugged in and the verbal cues are dead on. I resort to Google maps for walking directions…

  • extra_medium

    I’ve been using the Apple Maps app since it came out in iOS 6 and it has never misdirected me or failed me in any way. As usual the media grabs on to the small percentage of people that have had issues and blows it out of proportion. It is an awesome app and I’ve been very happy with it.

    Yeah, it has never directed me to drive off a cliff, or gotten me lost, but when I’m searching for something like the nearest Citibank location, or the quickest route to the grocery store in rush hour, I definitely have not been able to rely on apple maps. It’s just not as good as Google maps for normal, everyday uses period. The only reason to not use Google maps is if you’re a stubborn supporter of everything apple does, even when its not in your best interest.

    Its not that it fails you so much as it doesn’t do as much..and what it does do, it doesn’t do nearly as well.

  • lowtolerance

    Google Maps gives me wrong directions all the time. I don’t know where they get off pretending their mapping service is perfect.

  • daov2a

    Apple Maps has gotten me lost too many times. Fool me once… I have stopped using it. It simply does not work well.

  • _toddbloom

    The arrogance of Google is not surprising; they’ve been like that for years now.

    Besides, having used it, the Google Maps app is terrible and dead simple/terrible. Waze and Apple Maps are ten times better but leave it to Techcrunch to swoon over Google regardless.

  • _toddbloom

    Google Maps gives me wrong directions all the time. I don’t know where they get off pretending their mapping service is perfect.

    Google leadership is more arrogant than Steve Balmer; always have been. They should put more effort into developing worthwhile products rather then acting like egotistical madmen and trying to take away every aspect of privacy you have.

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