Shocking: Google Maps for iOS was downloaded 10 million times in 48 hours

by: ŠtefanDecember 18, 2012

No one does online services like Google. No one. When Apple decided to pull Google’s mapping solution out of iOS 6 and replace it with their own app, the internet exploded. Everyone was complaining, some people refused to upgrade the latest version of iOS, and Apple even had to issue an apology saying that they normally don’t release garbage.

Last week Google finally responded to all the drama by bringing Google Maps to Apple’s smartphone platform. Now before you get upset and question why Google would do such a thing, remember that Google is a company that depends on advertising to stay alive. The more people using Google’s services, the more ads Google gets to push out. The more ads people click on, the bigger Google’s bank account gets.

Back to the app, has it been well received? According to a Google+ post by Google employee Jeff Huber, Google Maps has been downloaded over 10 million times in the span of just 48 hours. When our friends at The Verge reviewed it, they said:

“Google Maps for iOS is the best-designed maps app on any platform and challenges even Google Maps on Android for speed. That sounds like hyperbole, but on the iPhone 5 the new Google Maps app seems faster and is definitely better-designed than even Google Maps on Android.”

Those are some mighty words that have us excited for what Google plans to do with their maps on Android in 2013. Just as a reminder, Google I/O is scheduled to take place in May, so maybe then we’ll see the company’s new design language? Here’s hoping.

Can Apple Maps catch up to Google Maps? Horace Deidu does the math. Apple would have to spend about at least $1 billion a year to keep up with Google. That’s not an insignificant amount of money, but then again Apple does have over $100 billion in the bank.

Time will tell.

  • RarestName

    5 stars. It’s not that smooth but it’s nice.

  • it’s not as smooth as it was on IOS 6. or on android, but it’s a much better product then ilost.

    • Apple_Nexus

      Unless you live in a country that Google doesn’t offer navigation for, but Apple does!I was surprised to learn that Apple actually supports more countries for navigation than Google.

      • Angel Cervantes

        Google started supporting Navigation(beta) on Mexico about a month ago!

      • maps are in almost ever country. Navigation isn’t, only reason why crapple has more country’s in it’s hands is because of tom tom

      • Marvin Nakajima

        I suppose that’s one reason not to consider the iMaps app unremovable bloatware just yet.

  • kascollet

    10M, That’s less than ten percent of iOS6 user base. Let’s hope more of them install and use the new Google Maps so they can’t contribute to lord Google’s mighty wallet :-)

    • Filip Justin

      More money for Google means their software gets better..

      • kascollet

        Absolutely ! That’ why Maps app is better on iOS :-(

  • Marvin Nakajima

    The more the merrier. Lots of crowdsourced map use leads to more accurate map data for Google and results in a better Map App for all. Also makes it a bit harder for Apple to improve its own map data and justify the money sink iMaps is becoming. Apple still has money in the bank to afford funding it though so still to be seen how far Apple wants to continue.