Google Maps is now available for iPhone and available world in the Apple App Store. It features built-in Google local search, voice guided turn-by-turn navigation, public transit directions, Street View and more.
Google Maps features a vector-based map that loads quickly and provides smooth tilting and rotating of 2D and 3D views. The app shows more map on screen and turns mobile mapping into one intuitive experience. The search box at the top lets you enter the name of businesses. An expandable info sheet at the bottom shows the address, opening hours, ratings and reviews, images, directions and other information.
The new Google Maps app is available for the iPhone and iPod Touch (4th gen) iOS 5.1 and higher, in more than 40 countries and 29 languages, including Chinese, Dutch, English, French, German, Italian, Japanese and Spanish.
David Pogue of the NY Times says it’s free, fast and fantastic. Along with driving directions, Google Maps gives equal emphasis to walking directions and public transportation options.
Pogue says the iPhone version of Google Maps doesn’t have all of the features of the Android version. It still doesn’t let you download and store maps for use when you don’t have an Internet connection. It doesn’t have indoor maps (of shopping malls and airports, for example). And it doesn’t have ads or pop-up offers.
Finally, although Google Maps runs fine on the iPad, it’s just a blown-up version of the iPhone version. There’s not yet an iPad-specific app.