Google Maps (NASDAQ:
) has been downloaded by more than 10 million iOS 6 users. This
came less than one week after Google brought its famous mapping
application back to Apple's (NASDAQ:
) many iDevices. The iPhone maker erroneously removed Google Maps
as the default navigation tool in attempt to bolster the
popularity of its own Maps app. That strategy
, prompting Google to create an external mapping program for the
iPhone 5, along with any other device running iOS 6.
In a surprising turn of events, Apple CEO Tim Cook even
that consumers test out Maps alternatives while his company
improves the program. "…You can try alternatives by downloading
map apps from the App Store like Bing, MapQuest and Waze, or use
Google or Nokia maps by going to their websites and creating an
icon on your home screen to their web app," said Cook.
Bing Maps, which come from Microsoft (NASDAQ:
with Nokia (NYSE:
) technology. While Bing Maps has been well received by most
users, the Nokia Maps iPhone app has proven to be a tough sell
On November 20, the app had amassed 378 reviews with an
of 2.5 stars. As of Tuesday, December 18, the app has received
more than 1,300 reviews but the average rating has not
"This app is slow to scroll in and has NO information!" App
Store user beebler26 wrote in his review. "For example, there
aren't even streets in Japan. It's basically a blank map for
blind people. Try this out if you want to feel like your Apple
Maps is Google's. Seriously, immediate delete!"
Meanwhile, Google Maps has accumulated nearly 21,000 reviews
in five days, securing an
average rating of 4.5 stars
"Thank you Google!" iOS user GH550 wrote in his review. "The
app looks wonderful. It's easy to navigate and has a very clean
"I almost died in Australia, thank God this is out," another
reviewer, Reed Morse, added. Morse was referencing the
that iOS Maps had the potential to cause when it led drivers to a
dangerous location 40 miles off course.
Despite the praise, Google Maps is receiving some negative
"I can't map out existing contact addresses?" iOS user Ezrem
questioned. "I can't add search results to my contact list?
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