REPORT: Google Maps For iOS Is In The Final Testing Phase With Turn-By-Turn Navigation

Posted Nov 29, 2012

If you have an iPhone and was disappointed when Google Maps was no longer available as an application on iOS 6, then you will be happy to hear that Google is in the final testing phase of a new Google Maps app according to The Wall Street Journal.  Once completed, Apple will have to review the app.  I believe that this should not be a problem since Apple CEO Tim Cook already apologized for the Apple Maps debacle and suggested people to use other mapping apps back in September.  Apple recently fired the Apple Maps head Richard Williamson too.

The new Google Maps app is believed to have turn-by-turn navigation, which was not available as a feature when it was the default mapping application on iOS.  When Apple developed their own Maps application on iOS 6, they made sure to include turn-by-turn as a core feature.

?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,? stated an Apple spokesperson in an interview with the WSJ.

One of the biggest complaints of Apple Maps is that some locations were misplaced.  For example, the Washington Monument towers in Washington D.C. are above the National Mall and is between the U.S. Capitol and Lincoln Memorial.  When Apple Maps launched, the Washington Monument towers was placed several hundred yards south near the Potomac River.