Official Google Maps app for iPhone now available

Official Google Maps app for iPhone now available

The rumors are true! Google Maps for iPhone is now available in the App Store. One of the biggest things it offers that Apple Maps doesn't (other than not getting you lost in Australia), is public transit directions by train, bus, or subway.

The main features of Google Maps includes built-in Google local search, voice guided turn-by-turn navigation, public transit directions, and Google Street View. You can also discover places to eat, drink, shop, and play including rating and reviews. If you sign in, you can save and quickly access all your past searches and direction from your computer, right on your iPhone.

Additionally, Google Maps lets you access live traffic information in cities across the world, see inside more that 100,000 businesses worldwide, and view high resolution satellite imagery of locations around the world.

Personally, I'm having issues installing Google Maps and keep getting a "this item is no longer available" error, but others are able to download it fine. We've heard installing through iTunes on your computer might be a good work around as well.

When you get it installed, let us know what you think!

Leanna Lofte

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Dev from tipb says:

Pulled? Can get to it on store, but a "no longer available" when I try to download

Premium1 says:

same thing happening to me.

Dev from tipb says:

Replying to myself...various tweets suggest iTunes servers are overwhelmed with download requests.

kch50428 says:

"temporarily unavailable" is the error message I see...

ras03 says:

guess i got lucky. works great. looks nice.

Jbbarrette says:

Looks like its working ok so far, I'll give it a test on the road tomorrow.

TX Mike says:

Ahhhh. It's almost like when they brought Coca Cola Classic back after the failed New Coke. Well, not quite, but similar. Downloaded and installed in about 10 seconds.

rcpagan says:

Still unable to download...

rcpagan says:

Got it now, just keep trying....

SHKhan19 says:

Got mine within 5 seconds on the iPhone 5. Same as the native android app. Loving it. :)

VeryConfused says:

OMG. What medication are you on?? This is a complete lie. Why are you posting rubbish? Do you work for Google that you signed up on iMore a few hours ago to make false comments? The two maps are completely different. I have both Android and iOS. The difference is so extreme that I am not even going to dignify your comment with providing proof. The Google iOS map app is extremely inferior and lacks tonnes of features.

keneo says:

Actually. It seems the ios version is BETTER than the version on my android.

keneo says:

The new google maps app for ios was just released in the last 24 hours. You must be comparing your android maps app to the web link google maps. The real question is "what mess are YOU on??

sinnaever says:

Are you nuts VeryConfused? GM for iOS 6 is just like the ICS native app. Turn by Turn is identical. there is a slight tweak to the GUI but content is identical, and the feel is the same. I am finally able to say I am satisfied with my iPhone now that I have Google Maps, it was the one thing I missed from my Nexus. Now it is on my iPhone.

TScottTC says:

I became a member of iMore just to say this to VeryConfused:


Tom Munch says:

"No longer available" for the 30th time. Ugh!

Jbbarrette says:

Just downloaded it on my wife's iPhone 5, took a few attempts but finally went through!

Rolf says:

Got it no problem. Looks lovely!

Tom Munch says:

Then the 35th time it's downloading...slowly.

Dev from tipb says:

Downloaded it now. Really like the gesture based interface -- it will be interesting to use both maps apps comparatively over the next few days.

alokeprasad says:

How to get street view on this?

Dev from tipb says:

Touch and hold anywhere on the map. A ribbon will come up on the bottom with that address, and the driving estimate. Swipe that ribbon up, and among the items there will be the street view.

alokeprasad says:

Wow! I would have never discovered that on my own.

jd6102 says:

Downloaded!! It wasn't there for a while but it's back.

Munale says:

I got it first time no problem. It's ok. Probably a complement to the new iOS maps as opposed to a replacement. You definitely will learn to appreciate how smooth it is to navigate around the map in the stock apple app!

andy_hoffman says:

You work for Apple or something?

Vanti says:

That is so true. I have only been playing with it for a day but although it is great in every way if you have a slow data connection like I do thanks to sprint, the stock app may be a little faster although the lack of detail does not make up for it....

Juiceair says:

Never had a problem with Apple maps, it's worked every time I have tried to use it. Glad to see that those who have had issues now have another reliable option to try.

ScottColbert says:

What was the other option? :P

Juiceair says:

There are many available option in the App Store for GPS navigation. Now, users have Google Maps if they want to try another option.

Bluecanary says:

I agree, and I find Apple's maps to have a much more appealing look than google maps, Satellite mode and Normal mode included.

wolfedude88 says:

No problem downloading for me, love it. Will test thoroughly tomorrow

emjayess says:

Sticking with the iOS maps which has been just fine for me. I will only use anything google when absolutely necessary (i.e., search some of the time) but would never download their apps. They're just too "big brother" for me...

bilbothejust says:

Looks fine. Adding an address and turn by turn looks nice and great voice, BUT it does not have access to your Contacts folder. Now that is a bummer IMHO.

9thWonder says:

yeah i noticed that. hope it get's added. that said i've got like no address in there. I ran into that last weekend when i took a detour to get coffee on my way to a friends house and needed quick directions back. whups. i need to enter that info.

Jeff Wiese says:

I agree, without access to my Contacts seems a little less than ideal.

Vanti says:

the wait is officially over. Now if they can integrate google search google voice gmail to all open in each other then it will be like i have a iphone with superior google services

Kicko Kim says:

You know what the solution is, don't you?

paleh0rse says:

I wish I could be there when his little lemming head explodes! lol

Vanti says:

Please enlighten me....

Dionte says:

It looks nice, it's fast, dare I say it might be better than apples maps.

manish gupta says:

i am not able to search google maps app in appstore?
is it available in india... help

harmitmaan says:

yes it is available in India. I downloaded it just 5 min back. It will come as 4th/5th app in search results, not the first one.

9thWonder says:

i like it. looks very nice. and it has navigation which is great. i hope it doesn't kill my battery like apple maps though. but street view is awesome, google map info is great. needs contact access though.

parsh18 says:

finally able to get directions on my Iphone in India. Thanks Google

loumacuser says:

Gotit and looks pretty good. Some missing elements as others have pointed out. The Google experience on iOS is pretty good relatiely speaking. Get us Google Now and Google Music apps and who needs an Android device?

iSRS says:

Exactly. Now I know it is because Apple doesn't want to be on their platform, but only on iOS can you truely get everything. iBooks, iTunes, Apple Maps, PLUS all the Amazon services, all the Google services, etc.

henywatty says:

Downloaded for me fine in under a minute, here in NZ.

2oh1 says:

This whole Maps thing is going to be great for all of us. Personally, I love Apple Maps, but I liked the old maps app and I bet this one will be good too. Competition is a win for us all.

rockerchick says:

Competition is a great thing. It forced Google to step their game up. Google+ and YouTube look amazing on the iPhone, even better than they do on Android. While I haven't had a problem with Apple maps and I love the integration, I will test out Google. Google used to get me lost, more times that I care to admit in a city that I've lived in forever, but I'm not good at directions so that what it's for, no? I love all things Apple but I'm always open to try things and give it an honest opinion based on my usage. Apple Maps has been near perfect for me. Hopefully I'll be able to say the same of Google.

Vanti says:

I'm very interested when people say that apple maps have been perfect for them. What exactly so you mean by that? For me the lack of street view, poi's, relevant data as well turn by turn and other things made the maps a dreadful expierence for me. Although I can say the apple maps load a lot faster are easier on the eyes and intergrate better, I still believe that it was a flop and my expierence has been nothing but a headache.

VeryConfused says:

After about an hour, I was able to download the app. I must say the App is a big let down but it renders faster than the mobile web version and streetview works really well. There is no need for third party apps now that offer streetview.

Still, no POIS, the top and bottom bars are highly intrusive and you can't get rid of them.

Public transit is suppose to be available but you get an error message saying it's not available in your area.

There is no scaling of your map eg. 200 metres scaling line.

Hopefully Google will improve this app and make it similar if not mirror the Android version. However, I don't expect the latter since it would be in Google's best interest to release the latest and greatest features to Android first and later to iOS.

Gooner26 says:

Downloaded first time for me

douglaswilson says:

Got it first time! Why don't we get a new version of Latitude??

lion the king says:

It is funny, now Google gave iphone lovers just a little bite of the android chocolate and they are over the moon. I think it is time for you guys to open your eyes and move on! basically the difference between Google Maps to iphone's stock map is same as differences between Android and iOS. If you think google map is much better then you are confessing Android is much better that iOS.

iSRS says:

This is not entirely true. As I said before, going to Android, I lose all my iBooks, videos, apps. Again, Apple is the most open in terms of being able to have the best possible app/ecosystem. We get everything Amazon or Google put out there PLUS all the Apple stuff.

estockda says:

I'm not sure you understand what 'open' is. You are stuck in a closed, Apple ecosystem As a Google services user, I can move from iPhone to an Android device and back with little to no pain. You can't leave your iPhone or you'll lose your 'iBooks [and] videos.' That's them pinning you in a corner... the opposite of open.

iSRS says:

Perhaps open was the wrong choice of words. My point is that only on an iOS device do you truly have a choice to get your media anywhere you want. Not on android, certainly not on Kindle. Just an opinion.

paleh0rse says:

Actually, iTunes is the only place you can't get your media from on an Android device -- and that's entirely Apple's doing, not Google's.

If you want REAL choice, there's simply no substitute for Android. The hard part will be breaking out of that little box Apple has built around you...

iSRS says:

I realize it is Apple not Google to 'thank' for that. I acknowledged that above. I am just making a point.

Sad analogy, but like Sears says, they are the only store to get all top # brands of appliance (because only they sell kenmore) - same is true of iOS.

And I have used android. I prefer iOS. To be perfectly honest, webOS would be my first choice overall. If Apple allowed the cards/multi-task switcher on webOS as well as the Synergy for contacts, iOS would be perfect (for me).

I am not one that wants android gone, nor do I care about market share. There is room for all of them.

keneo says:

How much is google paying you to try to convert apple users to android?

You obviously have little hands-on knowledge of ios or you would post such a ridiculous comment.

lion the king says:

Neither Google nor anyone else is paying me to advertise for their product! Look if Google was going to push IOs users to leave their devices they would not publish their own apps on apple (something that apple does not do). other than iphones, it is very easy to jump from one platform to another, from Android to blackberry to Symbian to windows (I have done it many times myself), but apple always tries to close things so badly that any person goes around them they are locked to their systems. not because they are perfect and you feel bad to leave them it is because it is hard to sync your stuff with other platforms.
btw I had an iphone and ipod touch before and my room mate has an iphone and ipad so i have tried them all. believe me it hurts to see people are locked to one product! look what iSRS wrote and think on what i said.

lafountain says:

I don't get this. I am an Android user, but as a whole, I don't try to push people away from using the OS of their choice. They paid the money for the device and they are free to use whatever phone they want. I like technology as a whole and all iOS, Android, Blackberry, Windows they are all decent options and I want them all to succeed as competition is good for the market as a whole. I never got the whole phone os wars thing, nobody cares what kind of TV I bought, so why should you care what phone I bought? And now back to the Maps discussion since that is what this article is about.

lion the king says:

Maybe you are right, maybe it is better like this so there will be a competition between them, at the end we will get better products for cheaper prices. I thought it is not fair to others but whatever.

Vanti says:

"If you think google map is much better then you are confessing Android is much better that iOS."

I would love to hear your reasoning behind this. I honestly want to see how you could explain this basing two entire ecosystems off of one of their limbs.....

lion the king says:

OK, the funny thing about MOST but not ALL iPhone users is they think their phone does many things that other phones don't. their phone has some special hidden advantages that the other phones don't. all I am saying is it is not true, go and check the other systems and you find them much easier and user friendly and CHEAPER. I know this and I wanted to share my knowledge with others. that is all, if you do not want to accept it, fine, go and wait in a queue and pay double for the phone that does less than the others. ;)

IXInaplesIXI says:

For me the ability to drop a pin in the middle of no where (hunting,camping,fishing,ect) is very crucial to share that EXACT location in case of emergencies. And the apple map wasn't even close when you shared the location where as the old map worked perfect. HOPEFULLY the new google one will share the location the way it did before. Looking forward to test it.

dizconect says:

Google Maps not available in the Indonesian Store, it say available in U.S Store

usmc says:

Can't wait to road test it.

hoosieriphone says:

Down loaded in about 10 seconds. No problem here. Long over due.IMO

sting7k says:

Might be visiting Best Buy today...

rockerchick says:

It's not pulled I just downloaded it at 8:20am EST 12/13/12 love the icon and look and feel of the app so far, looking forward to testing it out on the road.

Jvalley says:

Apples maps may have issues for some, but they have a much more sophisticated look and feel. Only reason I downloaded this is I was hoping when I did a google search for a business etc. and clicked directions to I hoped it would send me to the app like it use to. Did a search, hit directions to and it still asks me if I want to add a web icon to my home screen.

David Marks says:

Already found two errors in point of interest locations! I reported them.

champbaka says:

FINALLY! No more clouds covering my home and work place anymore.

reivax08 says:

Did a search through Safari "Google Maps" clicked on link, took me to App Store, downloaded, working fine so far.

happiicamper says:

Thanks Leanna! Did not know it had been released... I have downloaded it, looks great! :)

Dark_Blu says:

This Google maps KILLS Apple Maps more than the last version of Google maps. I can't see anyone going back to using Apple maps with this available. It's not available for the iPad, however, and that sucks, but I'll live with it, as I don't use my iPad in the car for GPS Navigation.

Ahmad Daraghmeh says:

Worked, thank you God, plus on the iPhone 4 it Does have voice-guidance :) street view works nice, only thing i miss is the multiple routes displayed as soon as you search in map view.

hypemachine says:

Downloaded mines last night :D

april_n_paris says:

Just downloaded it on my 4S with no problems. Works like a charm!!!!

paleh0rse says:

What's sad is that Apple will never let you guys set this as your default Maps app. In fact, I'll be very surprised if they EVER let Google Maps become integrated with Siri, Mail, Messages, or Safari. As a result, you're going to be stuck copying/pasting addresses into GMaps for the rest of your lives!

Sucks to be you! LOL :P

excaliburca says:

Just pulled it down. My iPhone feels complete again.

mattmatt299 says:

Can't navigate to contacts? Seriously Google? After all this time you can't even touch Waze.

I was never impressed with Google Nav on droids and its not very impressive on iOS either.

lion the king says:

It can do it on android phones though! apple does not let Google to completely integrate to their system, it is not Google fault. ;)

kamann says:

Just installed on both my 4 and 4s, so far so good.

wwlad says:

Installed ok on my 4S, but when I took it for a run in my car there was no turn by turn voice guidance, or any voice at all. Could it be a problem with my automatic connection to the car's radio? I will need to switch off the iphone blue tooth to find out, I guess, but it's a pity it didn't work straight-up.

Keith Pereira says:

worked right away, mine is a 4 s with IOS 5; using the bluetooth connection to get the voice directions does mean interrupting the radio or music frequently though, each command keeps the call connection up for at least 15 secs even after the end of the voice command, perhaps to allow for sequential directions during quick changes of issue though, I cannot delete he previous version of Google maps that were default on the phone, and the Contacts addresses still call up this old version...any ideas on how I can link Contacts to the new GM app?

rockerchick says:

The directions have been perfect. I have never gotten lost. It gives me alternate routes. Of course turn by turn is awesome! And it allows me to go to additional places along my route.

iA says:

In my opinion I think this google maps app is better than android version

Michaela Herz says:

OK that's great that almighty google came back to our rescue with an official app as Apple didn't really impress none of us! But what about everyone else there are a ton of not-so-famous yet amazing apps out there! Check out this one and this

dgbrock says:

I can't seem to get the turn-by-turn over Bluetooth, even when it's connected. If I turn off the BT to get the voice over the phone (thus losing the phone connection), it drops the phone pairing. Maybe it's the car - I can't get Apple Maps over the BT, though Siri works perfectly. In any event, Google Maps sent me home on a very circuitous route, whereas Apple Maps took me there in a direct, correct way - the way I usually go anyway. I'm leery now about Google's routing..

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