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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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