Although the wait has been long, it seems to have been worth it. The guys at Mountain View have finally decided to launch the official Google Maps application for iPhone , and they do it as I always bet it would: bringing back not only the features that disappeared from iOS 6 with their replacement by Apple’s maps, but introducing others that until now had only been available for Android. ¿Problemas con los Mapas de Apple? Hay una aplicación para eso
Yes, not only do we have Street View’s 360-degree street-level panoramas (including the interiors of over 100,000 businesses around the world) or public transport information (in the areas covered) again, but we’ve also moved on to enjoy voice-guided turn-by-turn navigation for car routes, 3D vector view, synchronization with our Google account and a new gesture-based interface that’s very curious (though a bit confusing at first, such as to cancel a route).
Google Maps for iPhone also integrates Google Locals searches, so it’s easy to find places to eat, drink or have fun and see what people think of them, but who are we kidding, its real strength is the reliability of some maps with a lot of work behind them (although they are also lost in Australia despite Samsung’s guerrilla campaigns).
In short, a must-have application, at least while Apple is finishing up its maps, or even after that happens (after all, each one has its own strengths). By the way, now that we have the first version of Google Maps, and in order not to lose the habit of asking, when will we have an update optimized for the iPad and with downloading of maps for offline navigation?
Google Maps SDK for iOS
In conjunction with the launch of Google Maps for iPhone, Google has also announced a new development kit for iOS that allows developers to more easily integrate the company’s maps into their applications. In addition, the Google Maps app also supports the iOS URL scheme for communication between applications, making it even easier for other apps to add options to open maps, perform searches, or display Street View images in a trivial way just like Google’s own apps do, for example, to open links in the mobile version of Chrome (if installed) instead of Safari.
- Developer: Google
- Language: Spanish
- Requirements: Compatible with iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, iPod touch (3rd, 4th, and 5th generation), and iPad Requires iOS 5.1 or later. This app is optimized for iPhone 5.
- Price: Free
- Download it from the App Store