Google Maps for iOS has been downloaded over 10 million times in less than 48 hours after becoming available on Apple’s iTunes app store.
On his Google Plus page, Google’s Jeff Huber says:
“More than 10 million downloads in less than 48 hours after release! 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.
If you're an iPhone user and haven't downloaded the Maps app yet, get it on the App Store or visit: https://itunes.apple.com/app/id585027354?mt=8.
If you already have it -- thank you, and please tell a friend. Any feedback you have is welcomed, here in G or in the app (just shake it).”
Google Maps become the most popular app on the App Store in just 7 hours of becoming available. You can read that story in detail here.
Apple had decided to remove the Google Maps app, along with YouTube, potentially over the spat between the two companies. Apple Maps promised users turn-by-turn navigation with voice, something that Google’s app was lacking. However, when Apple Maps made it to the users, it was, to put it nicely, a fiasco. Incorrect directions, horribly disfigured 3D views of buildings and roads, not to mention, Apple Maps' complete inability to map anything in India. Read How to get lost? Use Apple Maps.
We also have our review of Google Maps for iOS live. Put simply, Google Maps for iOS 6 is quite a sigh of relief. It’s everything we had wanted from a mapping app, accuracy and functionality, all packed into a neat, simple user interface. Our only beef is that it runs a little slow on our iPhone 4, but it would run just fine on the new iPhone 5 (which the app is compatible with). You can rear our complete review of Google Maps for iOS along with a comparison with Apple Maps here.