Native Google Maps app for iPhone to be released soon

Native Google Maps app for iPhone to be released soon'

Google is preparing its new native maps app for release on the iPhone and iPad soon reports the Wall Street Journal [subscription required] citing a “person with direct knowledge of the matter”.

The company has “distributed a test version” of its unreleased iOS app to individuals outside of the organisation. Google is said to be putting the “finishing touches” on the app before submitting it to the Apple App Store.

Prior to the release of iOS 6 in September, a Maps app developed by Apple using the Google Maps API was available as standard on the operating system. With the release of iOS 6, Apple developed its own mapping solution primarily using TomTom data, ditching Google Maps in the process.

Apple then battled with its own public relations disaster due to data inaccuracies and airports being depicted where airports should not.

Google has not made any official statement as to when the new native app will be released. We wouldn’t be surprised if Google released something before the end of the month.

In lieu of a native Google Maps iOS app Google has recently been developing its mobile web app into a viable alternative. Last month saw the introduction of Street View on mobile browsers.

View Comments (3)


  1. pdscott

    November 16, 2012 at 10:05 PM

    @aislinnkelly @seanear1ey I hadn’t realised people were holding out from upgrading – looks like Google’s app will be good for Apple too

  2. pdscott

    November 17, 2012 at 12:21 PM

    @seanear1ey @aislinnkelly judging by the response/impressions *a lot* of people agree. Google just needs to get their app right

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