In an example of inconsistency in auto technology, an Apple system that lets drivers access a phone through a dashboard touchscreen isn't compatible with Android products. (Photo : Reuters)
Google Maps returned to Apple's App store on Dec. 12 and will now be available again for all iPhone devices. The news ends nearly a four month wait for the app to return as users have had to settle for the inferior Apple Maps app instead.
"We are extremely sorry for the frustration this has caused our customers and we are doing everything we can to make Maps better," said Apple CEO Tim Cook shortly after the app was release. "The more our customers use our Maps the better it will get and we greatly appreciate all of the feedback we have received from you."
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The news comes as no surprise since the Apple Maps app has been a complete failure so far. The navigation device feature integrates with Siri to help users figure out either driving directions or directions to locations that are within walking distance.
The app has had a considerable amount of trouble finding every location that has been requested however, as many buildings, lakes, and even towns are completely missing from the app. Public transportation has also been completely ignored in the Apple app as well, to the annoyance of most Apple customers especially those who live in big cities.
"We started from scratch," said Daniel Graf, mobile director of Google Maps to the Associated Press.
With the upgraded Google Maps app, almost all of those problems now have a solution.
Google Maps uses Zagat listings instead of relying on Siri, as well as Google's own local search option. You can look for simple locations like local restaurants or directions to a friend's house, or even restaurant reviews.
Once making a Google account or if you already have one, simply sign in and you are then able to sync directions and searches through your iPod or iPhone device. Using Google Maps also helps out when trying to commute somewhere you have never been before, offering 360-degree views of both street locations and businesses to make things a little easier.
The Associated Press reports that there isn't a mapping app for iPad devices yet, but the company is planning on making one in the near future. For now, iPad owners can use the Google app in iPhone mode.