Just 48 hours after Google released a revamped Google Maps app for the iPhone, it's already been downloaded more than 10 million times, according to a Google+ blogpost from Jeff Huber.
We're excited for the positive reception of Google Maps for iPhone around the world. Congratulations to the Maps Team on the recognition for the passion and hard work they poured into it, for this release and over the last 7+ years.
Released last Thursday, Google's new Maps app offers a bevy of features that were, oddly enough, lacking when Google Maps had a secure spot atop the iPhone home screen. For instance, the latest iteration of Google Maps for iPhone includes turn-by-turn directions. You might remember that Google's reluctance to include the feature in previous iterations of the app further incentivized Apple to push forward with its own mapping efforts. Interestingly, Google has admitted that Google Maps for the iPhone is better than the current version of Google Maps for Android.
And if you're not one of the 10 million+ folks who already downloaded the app and are running Apple's own mapping software, you might be delighted to know that Google's Map app includes public transit directions, something Apple's own mapping software relegates to third party apps.
So all in all, Apple's foray into the world of mapping has been rather tumultuous for the company, but rather beneficial for users. Mappgate, if you wanna call it that, catalyzed the departure of Scott Forstall and the head of Apple's Mapping team. It also forced Google to deliver an A+ mapping experience for the iPhone. Again, the end user really lucks out with this ongoing battle between Apple and Google.
Notably, John Gruber notes that Apple's executive team was "seething" following the controversial release of iOS 6 Maps and are still none too pleased that Google's own mapping app has skyrocketed to the top of the iTunes charts.