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Most iPhone and iPad users prefer Apple Maps to Google Maps in the US

It looks like Apple Maps is more popular compared to Google Maps among iPhone and iPad users in the US. This is despite Apple Maps being plagued with numerous bugs.new-apple-maps-ios-6-icon

The Guardian reports, “Apple’s maps have turned out to be a hit with iPhone and iPad users in the US – despite the roasting that they were given when they first appeared in September 2012.

“But Google – which was kicked off the iPhone after it refused to give Apple access to its voice-driven turn-by-turn map navigation – has lost nearly 23m mobile users in the US as a result.

“That is a huge fall against the 81m Google Maps mobile users it had there at its peak in September last year, according to ComScore, a market research company, which produced the figures from regular polls of thousand of users.”

It adds, “But a year on, a total of 35m iPhone owners in the US used Apple’s maps during September 2013, according to ComScore, compared to a total of 58.7m Google Maps across the iPhone and Android.

“Of those, about 6m used Google Maps on the iPhone, according to calculations by the Guardian based on figures from ComScore. That includes 2m iPhone users who have not or cannot upgrade to iOS 6, according to data from MixPanel.

“That suggests Google’s efforts to offer a stand-alone app since December have gained little traction with iPhone users.”

CCS Insight mobile analyst, Ben Wood, said, “Google has lost access to a very, very important data channel in the North American market. But Apple was adamant that it wasn’t going to give up on doing its own maps, even when it had problems. This is a war of attrition.”

The Guardian notes, “European and other regional data for maps use is not available, but is expected to mirror that found in the US.”

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Google Maps for Android updated – gets new features like hotel search

Google Maps for Android devices such as the Samsung Galaxy S4 has been updated. The update allows users to enjoy new features such as hotel search.gmp

AndroidCentral reports, “Google Maps has been updated, and it seems like this evening the staged rollout is picking up steam. More folks are getting the update, which brings things like bug fixes and stability improvements — things we always love to see — but also some improvements to core features. The full change log:

  • Faster access to navigation, complete with route and traffic overview
  • Improved hotel search results with sponsored rates and booking links
  • Tips and Tricks available in the side menu
  • Bug fixes

“We’ve been told that users are seeing faster and more accurate re-routing in navigation, which matches up well with the changes listed.”

Users can check if the update is available via the Google Play app.

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Google Maps for the iPad updated

Google has updated Google Maps for the iPad and iPhone.new-maps-ipad_616

Google announced, “Last week we launched the new Google Maps app for Android smartphones and tablets.

“And now, we’re rolling out the brand new Google Maps experience for iPhone and iPad that includes enhanced search and navigation features, as well as our first dedicated iPad mapping experience. With your new Google Maps app for iPhone and iPad, you’ll find it even easier to explore new places, discover local favorites, and navigate your world.”

Enhancements include:

“Optimized iPad experience: A dedicated tablet design brings all the features of Google Maps, including Street View, to a larger screen, which makes exploring the world from the comfort of your living room engaging and fun. Go from the Colosseum to your local pizza joint in just a few taps.

“Enhanced Navigation: When you’re stuck in traffic and wondering what the holdup is, use Google Maps on your iPhone to get live incident reports on road closures, construction, accidents, and more. And as always, you’ve got voice guided, turn-by-turn navigation, and live traffic conditions right on the map. If you prefer public transportation, Google Maps has schedule information for more than one million public transit stops around the world.

“Biking directions and navigation: For you bike enthusiasts out there, get turn-by-turn directions and voice guided navigation for more than 330,000 miles of trails, paths, and bike lanes around the world. So put on your spandex and start pedaling!

“Explore: Not sure what you’re looking for? Explore is a fast and easy way to visually browse and discover new places without typing a single letter. Simply tap the search box and you’ll see cards showing great local places to eat, drink, shop, play, and sleep.

“Reviews, Zagat and Offers: There’s a new 5.0 star rating system that gives you a quick read on how your friends and others rate places like restaurants, bars, and cafes. For an expert’s opinion, the Zagat badge of excellence and curated lists are integrated into search results so you can quickly spot the very best places. And finally, the new Google Maps app is a great way to discover valuable Offers from national brands, like Michael’s and BJ’s Restaurant and Brewhouse, right on the map.”

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Apple again promises to fix Maps app

In the past, Apple promised that it would do everything in its power to fix its bug-infested Maps app (the Cupertino firm’s mapping service that replaced Google Maps when Apple rolled out iOS 6). The app turned out to be a complete mess, which forced Apple’s CEO, Tim Cook, to issue an apology on their website. Cook also did something uncharacteristic of Apple. He recommended rival’s apps such as Google Maps to its customers. Now, Apple promises once again to fix the app.iOS6-AppleMaps-icon

While discussing Apple’s financials, Cook answered a question from analyst about Apple Maps. He said, “We will continue making improvements until it lives up to our incredibly high expectations.

“We’ve made a number of improvements to Maps and will roll out even more improvements throughout the rest of the year.”

Cook also discussed recent figures for Q4 2012. Apple cashed in a whopping £34.4 billion, making a profit of £8.3 billion. Despite making this much, Apple’s share price fell.

Currently, there have been a number of improvements to Apple Maps. This includes better 3D graphics, which adds 3D imagery in the UK and the US. Data has been corrected as well.

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Google Maps app for iOS 6 generates 10 million in just 48 hours

The search giant has announced how successful its new Google Maps app for iOS 6 is doing in the Apple App Store, boasting the app generated 10 million downloads in the first 48 hours.google-maps-icon_320x245

In a post on Google+ tilted “More than 10 million downloads in less than 48 hours after release,” Google’s Jeff Huber writes, “We’re excited for the positive reception of Google Maps for iPhone around the world. 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.

“If you’re an iPhone user and haven’t downloaded the Maps app yet, get it on the App Store or visit: https://itunes.apple.com/app/id585027354?mt=8.

“If you already have it — thank you, and please tell a friend.  Any feedback you have is welcomed, here in G+ or in the app (just shake it).”

We can understand why the Google Maps app for iOS 6 devices such as the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch is so successful. When Apple launched iOS 6, it ditched Google Maps with its own Apple Maps app. Sadly, the Maps app turned out to be a complete mess, not showing places where they were supposed to be and misnaming landmarks. In Australia, the app led tourists to be stranded in the outback, wherein Aussie police were needed to rescue them.

Google released the new Google Maps app for iOS 6 last week. It quickly rose to the top of the free apps category soon after it was released in the Apple App Store.

Although Google Maps for iOS turned out to be a huge success, it is far from complete. It still lacks offline maps, which Android users have been enjoying for quite some time now. We’re hoping Google updates the app for iPhone and iPad users in the near future.

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