Google Maps App for iPhone?

Google’s new mapping app will work natively on Apple’s iPhones, reports the Wall St Journal. Google has been putting the finishing touches on the app before submitting it for approval to the Apple iTunes store, the WSJ reports, though it’s unclear exactly when that will happen.

If Google’s new mapping app is accepted into the iTunes store, it will directly compete against Apple’s new mapping software that is preinstalled on its mobile devices.

The forthcoming Google Maps app for the iPhone is expected to contain turn-by-turn navigation to allow people to use it like a GPS device while driving.

The turn-by-turn navigation feature didn’t exist in the previous Apple-device version, partly because of various disagreements between the companies over other aspects of the Apple-controlled app, reports The Journal.

Apple’s Maps app has been widely panned. Apple replaced the built-in Google Maps app with their own built-in Apple Maps on iOS 6, but users quickly found that it was largely inaccurate and lacked key features found on Google’s app, like Street View.

Google has released an update to its browser-based version of Maps for Safari, which lets users access Street View. But it has thus far been coy about the possibility of an iOS Maps app.

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