Google updates Google Maps for iOS featuring 3D and tours

By: Marawan Alwaraki, July 27, 2012
Google have promised that they will stay in the game when it comes to Maps in iOS. This has been proved to be true as Google updated their Google Earth app which is available on the App Store. It seems like Google are really going for it to fight back one of iOS 6's most outstanding features. It's weird how Google keeps fighting back with Apple on iOS 6 by releasing the best apps they can do for iOS which function similarly to that of Android. I would have expected Google to limit the functionality offered in their wide range of iOS apps while offering full functionality on Android devices. This way users could be a lot more persuaded to switch. Anyway let's stick to the Maps app. Below are the release notes for Google's Maps app on iOS:

• Tour guide: Explore places you never thought to search for with new tours of your favorite cities, historic landmarks and natural wonders.
• 3D imagery: Take flight above entire cities in 3D. Get started with Los Angeles, Boston, San Francisco, Geneva or Rome and look for new additions in the coming weeks. Available for iPhone 4S and iPad 2 or later.
 Funny how Google included a screen shot of what the view of the 3D maps is in the same location that Apple use to demonstrate on their website!

Google's 3D Maps
Apple's 3D Maps (notice the tower on the iPad)

So Google are showing that they have 3D maps that compete with Apple's. However with a 3.5 stars rating it doesn't seem to be very pleasing to most users. Which maps app do you prefer, Apple's or Google's?

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