Google has released its native Maps app to the App Store to the joy and relief of map-users everywhere.The Google Maps app will be compatible with any iPhone or iPod Touch that runs iOS 5.1 or higher, the company said in a blog post.
Apple launched its own mapping service, and dropped Google’s, in early September when it launched the iPhone 5 and rolled out the highly anticipated update to its mobile software platform iOS 6.
But users complained that Apple’s new map service, based on Dutch navigation equipment and digital map maker TomTom NV’s data, contained glaring geographical errors and lacked features that made Google Maps so popular.
Google Maps for iOS comes with a beta version of Google Maps Navigation, which has voice-guided, turn-by-turn navigation. Signing in with your Google account will allow you to sync searches, directions and favorites. Google Maps also comes with Street View.