Google announced the completion of a Google Maps app for iOS, a new service created from ground-up specifically for the iOS platform. Google's app can be downloaded for free via the iTunes Store, it features turn-by-turn navigation, 3D, and Street View, and the search giant also introduced a Maps SDK for iOS, so developers can use Google Maps in their own apps.
The new Google Maps app should be a welcome addition to iPhone/iPad devices given the poor mapping provided by Apple's own Maps 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. The search box at the top is a good place to start—perhaps by entering the name of a new and interesting restaurant. An expandable info sheet at the bottom shows the address, opening hours, ratings and reviews, images, directions and other information.
At the heart of this app is our constantly improving map of the world that includes detailed information for more than 80 million businesses and points of interest. Preview where you want to go with Street View and see inside places with Business Photos to decide on a table or see if it’s better at the bar. To get you there, you’ve got voice-guided, turn-by-turn navigation, live traffic conditions to avoid the jams and if you want to use public transportation, find information for more than one million public transit stops.