Google Maps for iOS downloaded 10 million times in less than 48 hours

Google Maps for iOS downloaded 10 million times in less than 48 hoursThere was pleasantly surprising news last week when Google Maps returned to iOS 6, much to Apple’s presumed chagrin.

It quickly skyrocketed to the top of the App Store’s free downloads, and now we’re hearing that Google Maps was downloaded more than 10 million times in less than 48 hours. Check me out; I’m a statistic.

The “10 million downloads” news comes straight from Google’s mouth, specifically via Jeff Huber’s Google+ page – he being Senior Vice President of Geo and Commerce.

Jeff purrs: “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.”

After a decidedly grey period where we had to rely on using a shortcut to maps.google.com, Google Maps returns to iOS in its greatest incarnation to date.

While Apple and Google continue their indirect squabbling, it’s actually the end users who’ve won here. And an SDK will see future iOS apps tie in to Google Maps. Hurray! (Sorry, Apple Maps).

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JanSt / MOD  Dec. 18, 2012 at 16:14

Impressive. Looks good, too.

CTPAHHIK  Dec. 18, 2012 at 16:35

It's quite ironic. Apple boasts number of quality apps and number of downloads, when #1 app is from Google.

On the positive note, I would assume Apple no longer has to pay any royalties to Google for using their services.

JanSt / MOD  Dec. 18, 2012 at 16:45

It's quite ironic. Apple boasts number of quality apps and number of downloads, when #1 app is from Google.

On the positive note, I would assume Apple no longer has to pay any royalties to Google for using their services.
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Well, a lot of Android apps are ports from iOS apps and vice versa...

Pondlife  Dec. 18, 2012 at 16:56

Think the google video thing that I've oddly completely forgotten the name of is in top five too. (edit) Youtube. Doh!

10m doesn't sound all that impressive compared to the number on ios6 though... (Didn't it have 150m devices upgrade to ios6 in first week?)

Especially as it seems to be available for ios5 too

Pondlife  Dec. 18, 2012 at 17:03

Well, a lot of Android apps are ports from iOS apps and vice versa...

None written by Apple though?

JanSt / MOD  Dec. 18, 2012 at 18:22

Well, a lot of Android apps are ports from iOS apps and vice versa...

None written by Apple though?

Yes, but c'mon... how do you tell apart who "wrote" what? Google buy Sparrow, MS buy Skype etc etc...

Pondlife  Dec. 18, 2012 at 18:31

Well if Apple buy it'll be obvious as if it wasn't before it'll become ios only..

Pondlife  Dec. 18, 2012 at 18:32

Anyway tbh it'll be more significant to see how many apps chose to use google maps rather than apple maps.

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