Critics can rejoice, Google has returned to iOS with an all new maps app. When Google Maps was pulled from the App Store, it caused quite the stir. Being replaced by the not-so-ready Apple Maps was even more of an insult. We knew that Google would return, and they’ve come back in a big way, with new and improved features.
Here’s a copy of the new description:
Navigate your world with Google Maps, now available for iPhone. Get comprehensive, accurate and easy-to-use maps with built-in Google local search, voice guided turn-by-turn navigation, public transit directions, Street View and more. Use Google Maps to discover great places to eat, drink, shop and play, with ratings and reviews from people you trust. Sign in to save your favorite places and quickly access all your past searches and directions from your computer, right on your phone.
* Find addresses, places and businesses around the world with Google local search.
* Discover places to eat, drink, shop and play, with ratings and local reviews.
* Sign in to sync your searches, directions, and favorite places between your computer and your phone.
* Get voice guided, turn-by-turn driving directions.
* Find your way by train, bus, subway or walking directions.
* Access live traffic information in cities across the world.
Street View and imagery
* View 360-degree panoramas of places around the globe with Street View.
* See inside more than 100,000 businesses worldwide.
* View high resolution satellite imagery of locations around the world.
Simple and easy to use
* An entirely new Google Maps experience on your iPhone.
* Newly designed and streamlined interface for even easier navigation of your world.
* Use gestures to explore the map and browse results.
The biggest highlights are definitely the new turn-by-turn navigation capabilities and 3D mapping available through a link to Google Earth. Even better are the old favorites with Street View and public transit directions. The newest release has only been out a few days and it has already grabbed over 10 million downloads and is the top free app in the App Store. It’s clear Apple users missed the navigation staple and were eager to have it back. Let us know how you like the new Google Maps app in the comments below.