Google released its long-awaited Google Maps app for iPhone overnight, following Apple’s shift to its own, much-maligned native mapping application in iOS 6. New features include spoken turn-by-turn directions, which was missing from the previous version of Google Maps built into iPhone.

Another feature is the ability to shake the phone to send the company feedback when users spot something amiss. In addition, Google released a new Google Maps software development kit for iOS, which developers can use to connect to Google Maps in their own apps.

“It’s designed from the ground up to combine the comprehensiveness and accuracy of Google Maps with an interface that makes finding what you’re looking for faster and easier,” writes Daniel Graf, Director, Google Maps for Mobile, in a post about the new app. “The app shows more map on screen and turns mobile mapping into one intuitive experience. It’s a sharper looking, vector-based map that loads quickly and provides smooth tilting and rotating of 2D and 3D views.”

I just downloaded the app and haven’t had any problems so far. Let us know how your own experience goes.

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  • meme72

    They need to update their search app to take me to google maps app instead of maps in safari. But very glad to ahve it back and I hope that developers quickly integrate it.

  • Guest

    Hooray! Although I do not yet own iPhone, I am relieved to see that Google remains committed to delivering apps across many ecosystems.

  • Ken

    ken Anybody that thinks this is better than Apple’s maps is completely retarded
    I’ve been sent to the wrong place more by Google than any other map service I know highly overrated a bunch of BS

    • dan

      I haven’t had the experience but with Apple’s Maps it did tell me to turn the wrong way down a one way street in Portland Oregon. While trying to find Autozone it failed to display the correct location even after manually inputting the address. For those who live downtown and rely on bus routes Apple’s Maps failed us. There was no way to look up bus routes like the previous Google Map App.

  • Kelly Rates

    After the latest iOS update that turns the iPhone map into a full fledged GPS guided by Siri, why would anyone bother with another map app? That’s my take on it anyway. I love the updated iPhone map & haven’t had any issues with it!

  • Chuck Goolsbee

    This may become a b-school example of how to have a bad partner up their game. Google refused to make their IOS Map app have feature-parity with the Android one. Apple and their users complained – nothing happened. Apple killed Google Maps in a very public manner – and a few short months later *presto* … feature parity.

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