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Google Maps now available as iPhone app

9:54AM EST December 13. 2012 – Google Maps is now available for iPhone users to download as an app.

Three months after Apple removed Google Maps as a built-in map and replaced it with its own product, Google said Wednesday that its revised map was finally approved by the iPhone maker to be listed in the Apple app store.

“People around the world have been asking for Google Maps on iPhone,” wrote Daniel Graf, Director of Google Maps for Mobile, in the company blog. “It’s designed from the ground up.”

Google redesigned the app to show more map on screen than the previous version that was quashed by Apple for iPhone. The map also “loads more quickly and provides smooth tilting and rotating of 2D and 3D views,” Graf says.

When users search for a place of interest, say a restaurant, an expandable information sheet at the bottom shows the address, opening hours, ratings and reviews, images and directions. The map contains more than 80 million businesses and points of interest, Graf says.

Google also installed voice-guided, turn-by-turn navigation, which was missing from the previous version. Live traffic conditions, public transportation information, Street View and Business Photos that show photos of inside places are also included.

The Google Maps app is available with any iPhone or iPod Touch that runs iOS 5.1 or higher.



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