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).