Google releases Maps app for iOS, did they do the right thing?

This morning brought great news for Apple users as they finally have a Maps app that just might work. Google came through and bailed out Apple with the release of the Google Maps app in the Apple app store last night. When this whole fiasco happened, I thought that Google shouldn’t bother developing an app. If Apple wanted to denounce Google, then let them wallow in their own mistakes. Furthermore, since Google wants to promote Android, wouldn’t they just keep it to Android to make it that much more appealing to iOS users?

Unfortunately that really isn’t the correct way of thinking since iOS is a revenue source for Google. Apple and Google might be major competitors, but they are two entirely different companies. You won’t find Apple-made apps in the Google Play Store because Apple has nothing to gain, but since Google derives revenues from ads and clicks, they have everything to gain by making their products available to the competition. In the past we reported that a lot of Google’s mobile revenues actually come from iOS devices, so why should Google shun that? It’s easy for me to say don’t do it, but it just didn’t make business sense for Google to ignore the situation. So iOS users now have a better experience thanks to Google. Maybe they will remember that the next time they buy a new phone. Probably not.

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  • larry harper

    Maybe APPLE will remember that …Google saved my ass today!

    • IonyxIphone 5

      You must have one of the android phones that works

      • http://MyShocker.com Nudo

        They all work dumbass

        • IonyxIphone 5

          Yeah for half a year. Then the cheap parts start to fail. Never seen a two year old android except my friends evo 4g. And that phone sucked bad. The first 4g phone that never got to use 4g. He has sprint. Laughs at how sad android fans are.

    • krudd

      Just like how Microsoft saved Apple?

  • RTWright

    The way I see it, maybe those so called die-hard crApple users will now see just how good Google is by comparison. Then their next device will be Android as apposed to that super restrictive PoS iOS they use now.

    • IonyxIphone 5

      Funny thing you calling apple crap off an inaccurate maps app. How about androids whole os. That stuff really stinks. Great in theory but horrible in application.

      • M42

        I’ve owned two iPhones and now have an Android. The difference is night and day with Android being so far advanced and ahead of Crapple that it’s not even funny. I jailbroke my last iPhone and it still couldn’t do everything I can do with my Android. You are just another Crapple fanboy who’s drank too much sour apple koolaid.

        • IonyxIphone 5

          Your right the diffrence is night and day. Apples products work. We get all the apps first and virus/adware free. We also have way more product support, via updates. We don’t have to tweak anything. No, home screen bull. My phone just simply works. And your wrong i jail broken my iphone 4 and it did everything and then some. The funny thing is that things yall think are exclusive new features came out on Cydia first. Just because apple never sanctions it doesn’t mean we didnt have it first. And yea you widgets and removable batteries and file managers and blah blah all the stuff that killed windows os. The future has and always will be propriety software. That’s why we get so many buyers and support in and out side of apple. Ellipticalls at my gym have iPod/ phone docks. It’s every where and yall hate that don’t you.

          • GraveUypo

            bias much?

            no matter what you say, i can’t stand to use iOS for more than 5 minutes or i go crazy over the lack of control i have over it. and it’s not just the more advanced stuff, it’s stuff you take for granted, that you can’t imagine it NOT being there.

            the people i know that still have apple stuff are either thinking about making the transition to android or have already done it. it’s come to a point where apple has almost no argument going for it. ios peaked with the iphone 4, it’s been a steep downhill ride from there.

            Btw when you say “we” you start to sound like you’re brain challenged.

            • IonyxIphone 5

              No one is asking you to agree. Ios has way more control. No tweaking. Fast fluid responsive.ost if not all of our features work. There not just there to impress friends. I here your getting the ability to run two apps simultaneously. Funny since most androids can’t run one app with out lagg. The dark knight rises is a good example. Seen it on my iphone 5 and a galaxy s3. Side by side. The iphone booted faster and was much more responsive with virtually no lagg. Not bad for a dual core phone. Could you imagine if we had a quad? This phone is faster than all but the phablets. 5″ or above. Not bad for a suppsosed late non game changer. My games change quickly and run better. Good luck and have fun waiting two years for your phone to be half as good as an iphone.

            • IonyxIphone 5

              I can do this all day so yes apple has plenty of argument left. We’re not black berry for lords sake.

            • http://www.facebook.com/jesserulestheworld Jesse Aaron Newitt

              all your features worked? let me remind you of the people in australia that could have died because of apple maps.

            • IonyxIphone 5

              No cares about maps but goolge. It’s the one thing they do semi ok. Until apples maps it was literally never an issue. No one buys a smart phone for maps. I never did and never will. But you can thank apple, if it wasnt for there flawed maps app google wouldn’t have an argument left.

            • GraveUypo

              point me to a good one. an i mean facts, not made-up shit or your distorted opinion on how less is more.

            • IonyxIphone 5

              Or we can say how more features that are sub par and fleeting are better than features that work more consistently. All your features can’t save your over heating issue, poor battery and signal. Poor mic. Poor screen. And it’s cheaply made. On paper the galaxy s3 is a beast. But in actuality its horrible.

            • GraveUypo

              bah forget it. you’re clearly brainwashed and do not even know the few things iphone5 still has over android phones. you know nothing about either. so go make an iphone pregnant and stop bothering me.

            • IonyxIphone 5

              Yes I’m brain washed. Because I like to pay for something that will last for two years and work perfectly. Gs3 are the best android phones out there. Trust me that really not saying much. It’s like saying Hondas have the best electronic locks. It’s not what sells because its a gimmick.

            • http://MyShocker.com Nudo

              Tell me something specific about iOS that rocks Android. Bring it!

            • IonyxIphone 5

              Appstore, we get everything first. We had chaos rings for two year before you and many many others. No permission. No having to tweak it. You claim customization i say it just doesn’t work so needs to be fixed before its worth anything. Battery, battery, battery. Iphone 5 is much faster than most quad core androids. The note 2 slightly beats it. And that’s a 5″ phablet. I think the world has spoken on this issue time and time again. You guys have market share because android is free and ported to every piece of junk tech out there. $5 watchs run android. There are really more reasons than I can imagine why apples iphone are the best. Not just as fan but its constantly proven by side by side comparisons. The better android gets the closer it gets to being just like apple.

            • http://MyShocker.com Nudo

              Your big reason for owning an iPhone is the appstore? That’s the big thing? Android has more apps than iOS now wake up buddy you’re living in 2007, but of course im sure your response is that iOS apps are magically better lol.

            • IonyxIphone 5

              Andoid apps suck. Unless there ports of our apps. Your apps are laiden with malware and ad crap. Free because they suck. Your best apps were all in the appstore first. And they work on our phone better. You guys are ps3 were Xbox 360. We don’t get ports like yall we get first yall get left overs.

            • http://MyShocker.com Nudo

              Lol! You forgot the iOS overheating issues this year! Read some news buddy.

            • IonyxIphone 5

              And you forgot the galaxy s3 heating issue that still happens. How about its battery drain bug. Still happens. Or it’s wifi big that was just addressed. What about its bezel cracking mysteriously. Or it’s screen cracking after just one drop. What about its nfc wipe. And the list goes on. Android has never been even close to as good as ios. every one knows it. Androids ideas where stolen from apple. Every one knows that too. Samsungs ideas also stolen from apple.

            • http://MyShocker.com Nudo

              Ok android has nothing to do with cracking bezel damn you really are this stupid? or just acting. IPhone never had signal issues? Dude get of your idonkey and realize Android is about choice. Besides, I have countless friends with gs3 who never had these issues you speak of. I also have friends with iPhones who used to think like you, yuppy. Now they all own Android because they learned it’s better

            • IonyxIphone 5

              Android is for cheap people who try to justify there purchases by bashing apple people. Face it our products are better and more popular because they are better. I’m a yuppy but you have a cheap piece of junk so that makes you a hippie.

            • krudd

              Apple copied Android lol learn your facts

            • IonyxIphone 5

              Andoid was started by an ex apple employee.

            • krudd

              I’ll sell you my old ford for $50, 000, since you bought an iphone, I would also love to be your real estatebagent, cuz there is some heavy land at the bottom of the atlantic that I could sell you all year

            • IonyxIphone 5

              So you think I bought my iphone because I’m rich and just haveing to waste. It that I just make stupid purchases… So after about 3 phones and several repairs because your device is second rate junk, who spent more money. How much are those micro sd cards you have to buy that you can’t save apps too unless you root. Your phones are garbage. By the way when your micro sd fails where are all your backups saved?

            • krudd

              Not arguments, they are excuses. Poor ones, at that. You would make Ghandi proud.

            • IonyxIphone 5

              Apple will always be the better product. Google to greedy with adds to care about how android is used or how there customers are treated. When you getting that update by the way? How many android phones have you owned. I bet its more than 2.

            • krudd

              I owned one, the galaxy s3, I just got an update last month and more features due this or next month. Before this I owned an old RAZR 2. My second smartphone. The first was an iphone 5, but I upgraded :-)

            • IonyxIphone 5

              They wouldn’t let me post the link but today samsung has admitted hardware fault for the GS3 being bricked. They said they will even fix it for free. Ha ha ha. Guess you should have bought an iphone.

            • GraveUypo

              like i said, ios sucks. i wouldn’t trade my 2 year old defy for an iphone5, it goes without saying i like my gs3 a lot more than that.

              and btw, if iphone was better, i’d have one now. i’m not a brainwashed idiot like… well, you know. maybe if all you do with your phone is play games you might be well served with an iphone. good for you.

            • http://www.facebook.com/jesserulestheworld Jesse Aaron Newitt

              yeah cause he cant really use it as a phone if he holds it the wrong way

            • IonyxIphone 5

              And what way is that. And whom do you adress in this argument.

            • IonyxIphone 5

              I’m. Biased and brained washed. You fell for Sammy’s bait and switch. Contrary to what you may believe mister ego, you don’t decide what’s best. By saying you don’t own one there by it sucks means that your lacking in one fuels your ignorant belief that some how your choices are more superior than mine. I made my choice just like you did. In fact the galaxy s3 was around for quites some time before the iphone 5. And I held out and was well rewarded when I found out how much faster it is. Your phone got beat by the 4s. You can’t even compete with the 5. I think you and all your little gs3 buddies know that. It’s bigger, but that it. Iphone 5 best it in evey technical category except screen size. Time didnt name your phone best gadget of the year. Cnet did. And cnet is so biased it hurts. You bought a phone that cost just as much as mine and yet you got nothin to show for it but slow loading widgets and pop in video. Woopdy doo.

            • http://MyShocker.com Nudo

              Dude give it up. iOS is intentionally limited. You would have to be a complete jackass to believe otherwise. This isn’t opinion, is just fact. iOS devices are made to be simple to use, this means less options. Just a fact we all must live with.

    • B Duncan

      google>apple

  • http://www.facebook.com/benjamin.pavel Benjamin Pavel

    The Google’s vision is to spread their services to as many people as they can.
    Google is not competing with anyone in Google’s ideal world everyone would work together to make a best mobile experience as they can.
    Remember that their motto is “Don’t be evil.”

    • IonyxIphone 5

      Googles idea of spreading like a virus is motivated by advertisement revenue. And honestly ads are very evil.

      • http://www.facebook.com/benjamin.pavel Benjamin Pavel

        They give services to you FOR FREE.
        With ads they are paying their workers and their server.
        Would you rather pay for Google search ?
        Better think about how many times Google saved your BUTTHOLE for FREE.
        But then again majority of people are insatiable and greedy as hell and take everything for granted.

        • IonyxIphone 5

          They saved me at all. I use bing. I don’t use google maps. I didnt use it on the 4 because I had a map app. And the 5 has its own maps so i don’t need the app or google. All goolge cares about is advertisement. They get tons of money for this. Which they can then use to make glasses and other crap like it. Which also just advertise. It’s all about add for them. And I hate ads.

          • http://www.facebook.com/benjamin.pavel Benjamin Pavel

            Hahaha right right keep lying to yourself. =D
            Bing is only 3 years old how did you even search on the Internet before that and what map did you use BEFORE Apple (fail) maps ? =)
            I really DON’T care if you prefer Apple its your thing what to like but don’t give me crap lies like that.

            • IonyxIphone 5

              3 years ago i had a flip phone. No Internet. Where’s your argument. And google may be good for porn on laptop. But not thanks google can keep there ad laden services. I hate ads. There by i hate goolge. YouTube sucks now.

            • http://www.facebook.com/benjamin.pavel Benjamin Pavel

              Right, and 3 years ago you also had a computer that was capable of reading 8 Inch floppy disk right?
              You just keep on hating ads while being satisfied with Fail Apple maps. =)

            • IonyxIphone 5

              Do you really think maps sells smart phones…. Androids been had turn by turn yet apple constantly dust them. All androids handsets have to get together to even touch apple. And will still crush yall. Androids had lte but its mass adoption wasnt until iphone 5. Nfc won’t take off until iPhones have them. Onlive gaming platform failed becuase it wasn’t on iphone. We set the trends even when android has had it. Maps are a non issue. Never used it on my 4 and not downloading google maps app. If maps is all you got good luck playing within your androids. In two years maybe you have some of the apps i have. Maybe.

            • krudd

              Never seen Apple set a trend before. They actually don’t do anything. All their services run off different companies, their parts are manufactured from outsources, their software is an Android ripoff, everything they say they did, someone else did for them. Apple just got saved by Google like it was saved by Microsoft. Android has no problems, but ios is full of virii and lags too much, too unstable for everyday use. To get all the good features, you’ll have to buy a secondary androidl NFC has taken off in huge ways, bus systems use nfc, airports, hotels, restaurants, bars, clubs, and even at the star bucks that you work at has it. Passbook was a failed experiment, it was Apple’s answer to NFC, which tanked the same month it came out. Apple is copying android so much that it is very persuading and obvious that they are struggling to keep up with all the cool trends. They can’t create a trend anymore, they no longer have that ability. That ball is in n androids first now, and they’re setting more trends in one year than Apple did since 1988.

            • IonyxIphone 5

              That’s why when apple doesn’t include it the service suffers. Hmm let’s ponder that. How’s NFC adoption going? What about lte thats spiked since the 5. We kill all types of companies. Just ask 3ds and vita. We set the trends. If you can’t see that them youll be stuck in the past. Some times android does get the leg up and thell do it first. But it’s beta testing and yall buy into it. Android releases more broken crap than apple. Yeah Siri is a beta and our maps are still in the works. But it wasnt until Siri that every android phone started trying to do there own thin like it. And maps wasnt an issue at all until Apple made it one. So yall can keep regurgitating the age old ” we’ve been had that” we’ll keep saying ” it actually works for us”

            • IonyxIphone 5

              I just re read that and man you are distorted. We killed Microsoft. Android but off of us just look at the apple logo.

            • krudd

              Microsoft saved apple and so does every company that apple competes with. I don’t have the issues you say I do, nor does any other person except maybe one or two, I kniw Apple started off by copying others, and the trend is sure there: copy others and claim its yours. That’s the only trend apple even set, the only thing they truly mastered, was the art of copying. Jobs took pride in that and gloated it all over. And now it’s very apparent that the “trend” has been set, with a bunch of iphone wielding kids looking down their nose at others. It’s “age old” because nothing changes in how they operate, they have to copy in order to survive. Nobody hates apple, we all love them. Some love seeing them fail, which they do, often. No service has suffered because iphone didn’t have it, nice try though.

            • IonyxIphone 5

              Yet time magazine names iphone 5 beau gadget 2012… Yeah I guess that is a huge failure. Every one knows google wishes it was apple. So does Samsung. Check your facts noob

  • http://MyShocker.com Nudo

    Actually apple had a lot to gain… Where is iTunes?

    • IonyxIphone 5

      Not sure how to reply to this but ok. :)

      • http://MyShocker.com Nudo

        wouldn’t an iTunes app be worth something to apple?

        • IonyxIphone 5

          Of course. Tey had one for android at one point. But I’m not sure what happened to it.

  • Wm.

    It is nice that Google is not offering crippleware for iPhone in Google Maps any more. Will have to check out how well it does with turn by turn. Apple maps take direction using Siri and the accuracy has been better than my built in Infiniti’s maps.

    Since TomTom provides the map data, where is all the fussing about TomTom GPS problems? What, having a hissy fit over TomTom does not get hits or press? Say it isn’t so…

  • BC

    Instead of saying “hey man, glad you got your Google maps back on iPhone”, why does it seem that the Android users are so spiteful?

    Do Android frustrations make you feel that miserable? Does using an Android make you that unhappy you have to insult, offend and slur others to feel better or try to feel superior by putting others down? What I see below from Android users / Apple Haters is a huge turn off. Not exactly a great sales pitch for switching.

    Apple users are typically not the bullying type but if on the off chance that you are an adult and harbor resentment for some strange reason, try and let it go as it is definitely effecting how you look to the rest of the world.

    • IonyxIphone 5

      Your right. I should stop. Besides I already bought my iphone and rely on apple as a good tech company to keep me satisfied. I’m a loyal consumer so long as they keep doing things right. So a short coming now and again doesn’t bother me much. Because my over all expirence is above 100%. Maybe one day andoid quality will be on par, but for now I get more bang for my buck with apple.

  • krudd

    Iphone is an entry level phone while androids are the smartphones. That’s what me and a few friends have gathered from our experience. We saw the iphone on the news, so we got one. Okay, it played exactly like the phone replaced (Motorola RAZR 2), but the maps are worse, the navigation, on two occasions, took me to the Sears in staten island when i live on the other side of the continent. I read that malware attacks can kill an iphone easier than android, so that was another concern. It was a very basic experience that is rivaled by my experience with the RAZR 2 (the best phone I ever owned) How can a Motorola RAZR 2 be an upgrade to an iphone? We don’t know, but the only thing we can conclude was that the iphone is the feature phone of the smartphone world, while android actually has useful things that aren’t inaccurate. I now own a GS3, while another has the One X, and another has the new DNA, and we’re all glad we kept an open mind.

    • IonyxIphone 5

      Wow. Androids can’t open links, scan tags, or download from certain sites because of viruses and malware. Apple iPhones don’t have that issue because of the so called walled garden. Just keep lying to your self and friends and saying that android is superior. My friends have the evo 4g, gs 1,2,3, and droids. I never have any of the issues they have. And at break time all there phones are off and plugged into outlet and that by 12pm. So sad indeed.

  • B Duncan

    google>apple and thats all i have to say.