Review: Google Maps

For a good part of the last week Google Maps for iOS has been sitting pretty at the top of the free app chart. In this short period of time the application has amassed well over 10 million downloads and several thousands positive reviews. These numbers are massive given the timeframe and it sends a clear signal to Apple that they need to up their game. Here’s what Jeff Huber, Senior Vice President of Commerce & Local at Google had to say:

“More than 10 million downloads in less than 48 hours after release!

We’re excited for the positive reception of Google Maps for iPhone around the world. Congratulations to the Maps Team on the recognition for the passion and hard work they poured into it, for this release and over the last 7+ years.

If you’re an iPhone user and haven’t downloaded the Maps app yet, get it on the App Store or visit: https://itunes.apple.com/app/id585027354?mt=8.

If you already have it — thank you, and please tell a friend. Any feedback you have is welcomed, here in G+ or in the app (just shake it)”

The timing of release was well orchestrated on Google’s part — pushed just prior to Apple freezing the App Store rankings and thus guaranteeing maximum exposure. It will be very interesting to see if its release results in any noticeable spike in the adoption of iOS 6.

The application itself has a very clean and uncluttered feel — a direction Google appear to be adopting with many of their mobile offerings. The route navigation functionality is particularly useful if you live in London making use of TFL services to include London Underground routes in results.