Google Maps app for iOS reportedly receiving "finishing touches," turn-by-turn navigation expectedAlex Wagner - Editorial Director of News and Content
Rumors about a Google Maps app for iOS began flying in late September, with reports claiming that Google had begun work for a dedicated Maps app for iOS after Apple had opted to include its own mapping app with iOS 6 rather than continue using Google's data. We haven't heard much on the matter since, but today the Wall Street Journal claims that Google is busy "putting the finishing touches" on its Maps app and has shared the app with some testers outside of the company. A source added that Google's app will likely include turn-by-turn navigation.
As for Apple's own Maps app, the WSJ claims that the Cupertino firm is continuing work to improve the software. It's said that Eddy Cue, who recently took over responsibility for Maps after the departure of Scott Forstall, is a participant in "regular meetings" focused on improving the app.
Apple CEO Tim Cook penned an open letter on the Maps situation earlier this year in which he apologized for the issues that users had been having and promised that Maps will get better as more people use it. Still, many iOS 6 users are unhappy with the performance of Apple's mapping software and instead have used a different app or have access Google Maps from their device's browser. While it's still unclear exactly when Google's dedicated Maps app might launch, it's sure to garner quite a bit of attention from users dissatisfied with Apple's solution when it does. How is Apple's Maps app working for all of you iOS 6 users out there? Are you looking forward to Google's app or is Apple's built-in software working fine?