Google Maps For iOS Better Design Than Android, iPad App Coming Soon

There’s some interesting tidbits coming out regarding the new Google Maps iOS app that hit the App Store last night. The app has the features you have come to expect with voice guided turn by turn navigation, public transit directions, Google local search, street view, and more. Beyond that though, Google has a blog post up about the development of the app, and states that they have created a Google Maps for iOS SDK. Apple Maps is now the default mapping app in iOS 6, but Google now offers the SDK for third party developers to incorporate Google Maps into their app.

Also, the Google Maps App Store app is compatible with iOS 5.1, and newer, and iPhone 3GS, and newer. The app is also available for 40 countries, and in 29 different languages. David Pogue from The New York Times got early access to the app, and states, “Google admits that it’s even better than Google Maps for Android phones, which has accommodated its evolving feature set mainly by piling on menus”. He also clarifies that the iPad version is coming soon, though the iPhone version does run on the iPad currently, there’s just no native design for iPad.

We will have a full review of Google Maps later today, but we wanted to give you these interesting tidbits in the mean time.

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