Apple’s decision to drop Google Maps in favour of their own left a lot to be desired and the subsequent announcement that Google were building a dedicated iOS Maps app was welcomed. That new Maps app has now been released and it shot straight to the top of the free maps app list. How popular it was going to be was anybody’s guess, but now we know.
Jeff Huber, Senior VP of Commerce and Local for Google announced via his Google+ account that, within 48 hours of release Google Maps had exceeded 10 million downloads. He said “We’re excited for the positive reception of Google Maps for iPhone around the world.” Huber said in his Google+ update. “Congratulations to the Maps Team on the recognition for the passion and hard work they poured into it, for this release and over the last 7+ years.” Google Maps has remained the top downloaded app for 5 days running.
This could be an extremely embarrassing revelation for Apple who removed all traces of Google from their disastrous Maps App. While Apple managed to get their drivers completely lost with out of date and incorrect data, Google remain one of the most accurate solutions for mapping. Speculation remains rife as to why Apple made the decision they did but these recent figures could just prove that most of their users believe they made the wrong one.
Download Google Maps for iPhone here .