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Google Maps is in the Appstore!

Discussion in 'iPad General Discussions' started by AQ_OC, Dec 13, 2012.

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    It's ready for your consumption! This is an iPhone app, BTW.
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    Just downloaded it! Thanks for letting us know.
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    Oh, goodie! I thought Google had given up on that! Finally. I test-installed it on my iPod Touch first.

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    Looks good. I'd say even better than the Apple Google Maps we used to know :)

    Next, i am upgrading my iPad to iOS 6, behold! :D
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    Got it! I presume a real iPad version is coming soon?

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    RodC-

    In case you didn't catch it the google maps app just released is currently just for the iPhone. I was also thinking of now upgrading my ipad3 to iOS 6 but caught myself in regards to the maps app. I think I'll still hold off and hopefully an iPad version of google maps app will come out soon.

    Anyway, just thought I'd throw that out there. That said, my wife's iphone4s now looks like a good candidate for ios6 with this new released google map app!!
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    I have loaded the google map iPhone app on both my iPhone and my iPad retina. It is surprising how good it is in 2x mode on the retina iPad, for the map portion. The menus are little too large at 2x. But till the iPad app I out, this is OK. Works great on the phone.
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    Nobody mentioned that turn-by-turn nav with voice is included? That's a huge deal because google held that back from the apple version of google maps. Apple's action of kicking them (google) to the curb mean s we finally get turn-by-turn google maps on iOS. Just like on android! Apple can stop developing its own maps now.

    Thank you Apple!
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    I'm not sure that they will stop. Apple lost a lot of face on this. That apology was a very, very difficult thing to do strategically for Apple. And to save face it will really need to pull a rabbit out of the hat. It may take a while, while they complete working on it which they are doing now, but I am quietly confident that when their Maps comes out, that app may astonish a lot of us.

    Furthermore, I have this thought, (I get them now and again) that when that new app is produced, it will be by way of another system upgrade which could very well contain some unanticipated goodies. I do not believe that Apple under the current circumstances will be satisfied to be 'Just like on android'.
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    Why does Apple need to be in the map business? It makes no sense.
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    Good question. But now, how can they not? They are riding a tigers back with a virtual promise in effect to "just wait and see what we are going to show you".
    And on that same question, why shouldn't they be in the maps business? Why is it more sensible for Google to enjoy some sort of monopoly on maps? One could just as easily ask why, to give a few examples, should Apple be in the web browsing, voice to typing, or for that matter sale of iPad covers business? Its business!



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    Easy....decide it is not the right thing to do. And Google has provided what they felt was missing in iOS. Every company makes mistakes and I see no reason to believe they can do maps better than anyone else. To continue is just to compound a bad decision. The smart business move is to accept your mistake and get your attention back on what you need to be doing. We don't need another map maker, we have plenty already. What is the reason for Apple to play in this game? Because someone took their eye off the ball?

    I seriously hope Tim Cook wakes up or he is going to squander many man-hours and many dollars and still come up short.
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    Instead of thanking Apple you should be thanking Google. Getting lost in Australia sucks. Been in the news, along with another Patent case lost for Cupertino.
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    Well, we will see one of these days what the results of Cook's decision will be. Hopefully, after all the work they have put in so far, they might put in what Apple feel "was missing in" these Google maps. I'm still optimistic about Apple's stated intention to provide the best tablet experience to the world. If they do not, I believe that will see them on the road to a definite decline. The right thing to do? Another company beat us on this? Never! err that's the spirit lads!
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    Dont play in that sandbox and you cant be beat. trying to do everything is a sure way to lose on a lot of ways. apple got to where they are by focusing on doing a few things very well. they dont need maps. i see no reason to believe that will come up with something that much better than what google has already.


    but, you are right, we shall see!
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    Why is anyone in the free maps business? Because it gives them a license to collect tons of user data, which they can then sell, or leverage into bigger profits by targeting ads more precisely. Targeted ads command much higher rates than unfocused ads. If you assume it's about money, you won't often be wrong. When you cannot see the connection, start with the money, then work backward.

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    Exactly! You can receive targeted ads based on your current location. You could be web surfing and receive an ad for the pizza place down the block.
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    But this is what cause the frak between apple and google. Google wanted the data, apple refused to give it.

    Apple still doesn't need to play in this ballpark. They are the most profitable company in the world and they got there without maps. You can't tell me they are so hard up for profit that they need to spend years chasing after google and its chump change. Further, Apple does need maps to get your location...you are on their OS. Google is the one needing an entry....
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    It's not just your location. It's all the stores you visit, and how long you spend there, and the route you took to get there. If your cellphone is on, theoretically you can be tracked down every aisle of the Wal-Mart, and they'd know where you stopped to pick things from the shelves. They might be interested to know where your kids go to school, what billboards you see on your commute, how much you speed on the highway. This is all info they can sell to third parties, to improve their chances of selling you stuff you may or may not need. Cynical, perhaps. Paranoid, not hardly.

    As for having enough money, what rich person ever admitted reaching THAT point? No such thing, not even Apple is immune from greed. Oops, make that "obligation to their stockholders."

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    I just hope people are not using Google Maps to navigate Walmart! :)
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    Come now, apple makes many times the profit of google and they can already track your phone all over creation. They are better off doing what they do best than starting a long slog of negative publicity to build a better map system than google's. It makes no sense and stockholders want things to make sense.

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