Google Maps returns to iOS 6

Google Maps returns to iOS 6When Apple replaced Google Maps in iOS 6 with its own mapping solution, it made headlines across the world - for all the wrong reasons. Heck, Tim Cook even apologised for Apple Maps.

But there’s good news today, as the rumoured Google Maps app for iOS 6 has come to fruition. Woohoo! And good timing, too; I’m heading to London as I write, and I have no idea where I’m going.

Of course, it was possible to pop a Google Maps shortcut on your iOS 6 homescreen. Heck, Apple even provided instructions. But it wasn’t the same.

Well, full-fat Google Maps is back, baby, and it’s available to download right now from the App Store. There’s no iPad version just yet (can’t see many people being too bothered), but iPhone and iPod touch users can install it right now. It’s even optimised for the iPhone 5’s display. Lovely.

Google Maps for iOS 6 brings all the usual features you know and love, so there’s voice guided turn-by-turn navigation, public transport directions (something famously missing from Apple’s offering), and 360-degree panoramas in Street View.

Unfortunately, iOS 6 apps will still tie in to the default Apple Maps, but Google has released an SDK for future releases.

Good stuff. And that'll keep the cops happy.

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CTPAHHIK  Dec. 13, 2012 at 12:07

Did Apple stock go up? or it's too little too late?

rash  Dec. 13, 2012 at 13:22

I don't know why google didn't capitalise on this!

If I was google I would promoted the Nexus with some sort of clever phrase involving Iphone, Maps and Android.

Provide iOS users an easy app to transfer all their content to Android and bob's your uncle!

CTPAHHIK  Dec. 13, 2012 at 13:38

Google does not have Nexus anymore. Have you tried getting one?

Apple has a phone with navigation that does not work. Google has a phone that does not exist.

matt101101 / MOD  Dec. 13, 2012 at 15:57

Google does not have Nexus anymore. Have you tried getting one?

Apple has a phone with navigation that does not work. Google has a phone that does not exist.

They're extremely easy to get hold of...just not from Google Play and not for £279 :p.

Pondlife  Dec. 13, 2012 at 16:19

Still think they should have charged for it

Amin  Dec. 13, 2012 at 16:21

Google does not have Nexus anymore. Have you tried getting one?

Apple has a phone with navigation that does not work. Google has a phone that does not exist.

They're extremely easy to get hold of...just not from Google Play and not for £279 :p.


100% true. if i were willing to get robbed with consent, i can walk around the corner and buy a nexus 4 right now for £399!

still could buy it +a Nexus 7 Cheaper then an Iphone5 16gb and lightning adapter.


Infact if I go to the play store i can buy a 8gb Nexus 4, a 16 gb Nexus 7 and a 500gb CHROMEBOOK (omg i love my chrome book its super duper amazingly gorgeous) for Less then a 32gb IPHONE!


Now that is pretty crazy.

Pondlife  Dec. 13, 2012 at 16:33

You really bought a chromebook?

Amin  Dec. 13, 2012 at 16:40

yes, but not the acer one (£199) - i bought the £229 arm samsung chromebook. its amazing man.. its just... so so so so so good. (huge recomendation from my colleges at work who swear by it.



Its just so fast and amazing, and since i bought it i havent used my nexus 7 even once!!!!

lutin  Dec. 13, 2012 at 17:41

I don't know why google didn't capitalise on this!

If I was google I would promoted the Nexus with some sort of clever phrase involving Iphone, Maps and Android.

Provide iOS users an easy app to transfer all their content to Android and bob's your uncle!


Let's get one thing straight - Google only cares about making money via ads. It's as simple as that, and it doesn't care whether the person looking at the ad is using iOS or Android. They have no loyalty to Android or its users beyond the bottom line.

If google actually cared about promoting their mobile OS, they would do exactly as you suggest.

CTPAHHIK  Dec. 14, 2012 at 09:13

Google does not have Nexus anymore. Have you tried getting one?

Apple has a phone with navigation that does not work. Google has a phone that does not exist.

They're extremely easy to get hold of...just not from Google Play and not for £279 :p.


You right, O2 stores have it as PAYG and it's unlocked phone. I didn't expect it to be unlocked from provider.

Pondlife  Dec. 14, 2012 at 09:22

No I didn't expect it to be unlocked either, that is a surprise. Still the price is convincingly off putting anyway guess they are making enough of it they don't mind.

Stelph  Dec. 14, 2012 at 09:50

yes, but not the acer one (£199) - i bought the £229 arm samsung chromebook. its amazing man.. its just... so so so so so good. (huge recomendation from my colleges at work who swear by it.

Its just so fast and amazing, and since i bought it i havent used my nexus 7 even once!!!!


How interesting, this is the first time ive heard someone rave about a chromebook.

Pondlife  Dec. 14, 2012 at 09:52

Yeah me too, I'd just thought of them as further crippled netbooks.

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