Google Launches More Than A Map website to showcase 800,000 websites that are using Maps API and not Apple Maps

by: Joe HindyOctober 4, 2012

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We would explain how and why Apple Maps was such a big failure, but thankfully the ever critical community known as the internet has done that for us. Google Maps, on the other hand, remains as stable and helpful as ever. In fact, it is so stable and helpful that 800,000 websites on the internet use Google’s Maps API to show their web visitors around. To showcase that fact, Google has released a website to tell you about it.

The website is called and its sole purpose is to tell you about what a difference the Maps API has had on the internet. Okay, it is actually there to help promote Maps API to businesses and websites. However, it does a pretty good job of bragging about how good of a job they’ve done with the Maps API so far.

The site is broken up into four different segments. First and foremost is the homepage. Behind that you’ll find things like developer testimonials about how great the Maps API is as well as a plethora of demonstrations to show how the Maps API can be useful. It isn’t just for maps either. The full compliment of Google Maps services are present, including Street View, Satellite, and data visualization.

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Is Google showcasing their Maps API because of how terrible Apple Maps is?

That certainly seems to be the case. According to some, Google took some heat from consumers for how bad Apple Maps is. The reason being that they blame Google for not working something out with the folks at Apple.

Apparently, no one remembers Apple’s open letter that apologizes for Apple Maps. Specifically, the part that says that if people want to use Google Maps, they have to use it through the web browser. That’s because Apple took Google Maps out of the App Store. People can blame Google all they want to, but all Apple has to do to get Google Maps back on iOS is to approve the app in the App Store.

That doesn’t seem very likely. However, that shouldn’t be a strike against Google, Google Maps, or the Maps API. These services are free for pretty much anyone to use. It isn’t like Google is saying no to anyone. Congratulations to Google for its 800,000 website milestone. Has anyone used any websites recently with the Maps API?

  • Kok Hean

    “The Wall Street Journal reported in June that Poopy also wanted more prominent branding and the ability to add features like Latitude, and executives at the search giant were unhappy with crApple’s renewal terms.

    But the existing deal between the two companies was still valid and didn’t have any additional requirements, according to our sources — crApple decided to simply end it and ship the new maps with turn-by-turn.”

    WHY WOULD YOU DO THIS, APPLE? Isn’t it just easier to just allow Google to do that turn-by-turn feature?


    • Right? How many millions (or even hundreds of millions) of dollars could they have spent making better features if they’d just let Google stick with the maps thing?

  • Kevin

    Apple just needs more time to improve its mapping product, and it is unusual to make some errors, especially for the first time in mapping. If one checks the Styled Maps on Google is still making some mistakes. Check a few screen captures

    (missing the #1 street – George Street – in Sydney CBD)

    Actually lots of common suburb streets (which can be seen on
    usual Google Maps) are missing in the Styled Maps as well; they are not a
    zooming issue.