Google announced late Wednesday that its Maps app is back for the iPhone.
Google Maps had been the default navigation service on the iPhone since the phone was first released in 2007. But earlier this year, Apple kicked the app off its mobile device and replaced it with its own mapping program, Maps. Many iPhone users balked at the notoriously inaccurate Apple navigation program and the loss of Google Maps, saying they would wait for Google to resubmit its app to the Apple store.
The addition, however, doesn’t let Apple off the hook for improving its own Maps, which is playing catchup with Google as it tries to gather the amount and quality of navigation data it needs to bridge the gap between the two apps. Google Maps is known for being more comprehensive and generally more accurate than the other navigation apps out there.
Google’s new iPhone mapping app adds features that some Apple users have been coveting from Google’s Android, such as turn-by-turn directions for walking, mass transit and driving and a smooth integration of Google’s Street View technology. Navigation on the app is quick and intuitive.