SOFTWARE DEVELOPER Google has released a version of Google Maps for Apple IOS devices.
The Google Maps app should fill the gap left by Apple's own mapping app. Users found that it was deeply flawed and it was not seen as an adequate replacement for Google's mapping and navigation offering.
Indeed, it was so flawed that Apple CEO Tim Cook apologised for it and the firm parted company with not only the executive who oversaw it but also the manager suspected to have been responsible for it.
"With the launch of our new Maps last week, we fell short on this commitment. We are extremely sorry for the frustration this has caused our customers and we are doing everything we can to make Maps better. While we're improving Maps, you can try alternatives by downloading map apps from the App Store like Bing, Mapquest and Waze, or use Google or Nokia maps by going to their websites and creating an icon on your home screen to their web app," Cook said.
"Everything we do at Apple is aimed at making our products the best in the world. We know that you expect that from us, and we will keep working non-stop until Maps lives up to the same incredibly high standard."
Cook tried to spin the tale that Google had been dropped as a maps provider because its release was not strong enough.
"We wanted to provide our customers with even better Maps including features such as turn-by-turn directions, voice integration, Flyover and vector-based maps," he said. "In order to do this, we had to create a new version of Maps."
Google must have been listening, since this new Google Maps app for IOS is fully featured and allows for voice control and turn by turn directions.
Users have been quick to comment on the Apple app store about the release, and they have unanimously welcomed it. "I almost died in Australia, thank god this is out," said one. µ