Google Maps back on the iPhone


4BC Technology: Using your iPhone to get directions has been an adventure in being lost since the iOS 6 software was released in September. Today Google has rectified the issue, releasing it's own Maps app for the iPhone.

iPhone users looking for directions to Mildura, Moreton Bay, Port Macquarie or the Roma Street Parklands would have all ended up in the wrong location, up to 70km away, using the default Apple Maps application, until today.

Apple removed the default Google Maps in the latest iPhone software in favour of it's own mapping system, but it has been wrought with error.

Google releasing Maps for the iPhone brings back the 8 years of mapping experience Google has accumulated, plus Street View, to over 3 million iPhone users in Australia.

Features on the new, native, Google Maps app include vector maps, which are smaller in data size than the old bitmap maps, which will make for quicker maps and they'll use less data.

Street View returns to the iPhone along with traffic data which has traditionally been more accurate than Apple Map's traffic data and public transport information is included as well, although Translink has not released it's public transport timetable database to Google for inclusion yet.

Google Maps can also find the Roma Street Parklands, Mildura, and a hospital near Yeronga, easily and accurately.

The only features missing is offline maps and indoor maps, these features will hopefully come soon.

Google Maps is available to install now from the iTunes App Store.

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