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Fri Dec 14, 2012, 09:57 AM

Google Maps already #1 in Apple Store, and will likely be required for many location-based apps

Less than a day after its release, Google's Maps app has become the most popular download in the iTunes store.

Turn-by-turn navigation is included, along with traffic data, public transit times, and Street View images, which makes it considerably more complete than Apple's offering. While Nokia's maps tools are better than Apple's, the Finns still have a way to go before then can match Google's massive database.

This is going to cause Apple some problems, since the Chocolate Factory also released an iOS 6 SDK for mapping. If you're a developer looking to add mapping functions to your app, it's pretty clear that Google will be your code of choice.


The SDK is going to be the real stake through Apple Maps - it's one thing to simply offer end users another app, but the Google Maps API is so pervasive and mature I don't see developers going through the bother of a rewrite for MapKit when they can just stick with their existing Google code and tell you "download Google Maps for this app to work".

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NV Whino Dec 2012 #1
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Response to sir pball (Original post)

Fri Dec 14, 2012, 10:38 AM

1. Unfortunately, I can't get Apple maps off my iPad

Apple really screwed the pooch on this one.

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Response to NV Whino (Reply #1)

Fri Dec 14, 2012, 10:54 AM

2. You dont' have to use it, though.

Does it eat any resources if it's not actively in use? Google Maps can be a tricksy little hobbit if you don't explicitly disable location recording (saves location data to your device for on-device usage, I don't mean tracking) - it keeps waking the device to check your location every few minutes, it's a real PITA for battery life. Other than that, it's just some more crappy bloatware all the mobile vendors stick you with, that at best you need to root/jailbreak to get rid of.

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Response to sir pball (Original post)

Sat Dec 15, 2012, 07:06 PM

3. Google will not be put on my Ipad

Google can go pound sand thanks

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