Monday, January 26, 2015

Google Maps Is Back For iPhones

For all the lost and lonely iPhone users among us, take cheer. Google Maps is back and ready to kick the butt of Apple Maps to the gutter.

Google Maps Is Back For iPhones

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For all the lost and lonely iPhone users among us, take cheer – Google Maps is back and ready to kick the butt of Apple Maps to the gutter. As if the media hasn’t done that already – in a savage blast of criticism so heavy it took out  an unrepentant  Apple executive, mobile apps chief Scott Forstall.

Launched last evening in Apple’s App Store, the new, pin-point accurate and free-for-the-taking Google Maps improves on the version Apple used to include in its’ iOS before version 6.   The most significant upgrade is voice guided turn-by-turn navigation, a feature Google previously served up for just  Android based mobile devices.

The trade-off is that Google Maps  doesn’t take voice commands via Siri, as is integrated with Apple Maps. We suspect most will be able to live without Miss Direction’s so-so performance.

Google Maps also goes its own way with Street Views, public transit mapping, walking directions,  switchable home/work start points  and Zagat (instead of Yelp) dining listings  - which this morning wanted to send me to an Indian restaurant a mile and a half away from home, instead of a decent one that’s just four blocks removed . Picky, picky, picky.

The new Google Maps also plays nicely on an iOS 6-upgraded iPad, though in the partial-screen (mobile app floating on a bigger display) format.

 

Jonathan Takiff Daily News Columnist
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Jonathan Takiff covers all manner of high tech gadgets – and the entertaining stuff you play on them – for the Philadelphia Daily News, philly.com and the McClatchy Tribune News Service. Reach Jonathan at takiffj@phillynews.com.

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