We all know that Apple finally decided to remove Google Maps from iOS 6 and add their own 3D-map services in iOS 6 which gives you a high quality map view, turn-by turn navigation and more features.. Apple Maps have been called a disaster waiting to happen and even pundit John Gruber called the system a downgrade. With more than 65 percent of the world’s population left with no transit directions, traffic data and street-level imagery, Apple Maps understandably drew ire from users around the world.
People are expecting to see a native Google Maps just like the excellent native YouTube app which was released from a few days ago.Commenting on the situation, Google UK Marketing Director Dan Cobley asserted that a standalone app could be released soon…
Dan Cobley told Bloomberg TV today:
iPhone 5 users can still use Google Maps just by download them or going to the Google Maps website.
SearchEngineLand pressed Google on the matter, but only got this prepared statement:
We believe Google Maps are the most comprehensive, accurate and easy-to-use maps in the world. Our goal is to make Google Maps available to everyone who wants to use it, regardless of device, browser, or operating system.
According to both TheUnderstatement.com and Apple’s own website, 51 countries have no access to Transit data in iOS 6 Maps, 24 countries lost traffic data, 41 countries are without access to Street View and 20 countries don’t support turn-by-turn navigation and 3D Flyovers.
Check out the video while Dan Cobley talking about the Google Maps app from here
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