Google Maps

There are many reasons to love Android, including the fact that we actually have a functioning map system. For those that happen to have an iPhone or iPad, no worries, Google has you covered. After Apple decided to ditch Google Maps in favor of its less-than-awesome self-ran map service, Google still has the Google Maps web app available to help iOS owners out. Even better, the company is planning on adding Google Street View on Thursday.

The upgrade announcement was revealed by AllThingsD‘s Walt Mossberg. Here is what he had to say:

In fact, Google plans to announce on Thursday that it is adding its popular Street View feature, missing from Apple’s maps, to the Web version of Google Maps accessed from the iPhone and iPad.

Pretty straight-forward announcement. He also concluded that the web app is not only better than Apple Maps, but it’s even better than the version of Google Maps that Apple dumped. I have to agree. For starters, the Google Maps for Apple didn’t have automatic turn-by-turn navigation.

Is the Google Maps solution perfect? No, but it is worlds better than what users get with iOS 6. Apple is clearly having problems right now. Take a look at just a few issues plaguing the iPhone 5: Wi-Fi connectivity problems, phones easily scratching and the map issues in iOS 6. Despite the iPhone 5’s problems, Apple fans will still find a way to spin a positive on their beloved iDevice. Android might not be perfect either, but at least we have freedom of choice when it comes to phones and the software that runs on them.

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