According to Google’s professional Jeff Huber, Google maps for iOS is a runway success as the app was downloaded over 10 million times in just 2 days after its launch last week and that accounts for hardly 2.5% of total iOS gadgets sold. This is quite a huge number and it is rare that such a giant like Google Corp has disclosed such numbers.
This huge number of downloads clearly shows that users have preferred Google’s offering to Apple outperforming Apple’s iOS maps app. This is what Huber had to say:
More than 10 million downloads in less than 48 hours after release! 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. If you’re an iPhone user and haven’t downloaded the Maps app yet, get it on the App Store or visit: https://itunes.apple.com/app/id585027354?mt=8.
If you already have it — thank you, and please tell a friend. Any feedback you have is welcomed, here in G+ or in the app (just shake it).
It was reported that Google will be launching its Maps app for iOS around Christmas and Google made every possible attempt to do so but as Apple announced that it would be freezing its app store and would not allow any app submission and won’t be launching any more app, so this made Google to introduce its Maps app for the iOS to the apple app store much before Christmas.
Jeff Huber also spoke about ‘Shake to feedback’ feature which lets users to submit their feedback for Google maps on shaking the phone when Google Maps app is open.This feature is something which Google used to report issues and bugs internally.
Huber also added that some of the important features like bikiing directions which were left out at the launch, might be launched at the new year and the company will be emphazing on more features swiftly to make the user experience better.
The future of Google’s mobile maps is quite bright as the company has also unveiled a great overhaul of its Google+ and gmail app on iOS.
Within 7 hours of Google Maps app for iOS launch, the app received 4.5 stars rating on the UK app store which clearly indicates that users are really happy with the new maps app and the app became the top free app on Apple App store. Google also said that this maps app for iOS is even much better than Maps Android App.
The popularity of Google maps app for iOS is due to the rejection of iOS6 maps app by the Apple users and quality of the Google’s mapping service. Users frustration due to the poor-point of interest data application in Apple’s offerings, made users to switch from iOS6 maps app to Google’s new Maps app for iOS.
It’s an impressive offering by Google. I’m one of the 10 million users to download Google maps on my iPhone and I’m really impressed with the functionality of the app. It’s good to have ‘turn by turn’ feature on iOS version as well which was only available on Android.
The fact is that Google wants to be the default ‘portal’ to the internet — just as Yahoo! did in days of yore, and still is for a surprisingly large number of people. It would be difficult for Google to develop a service that is completely restricted or exclusive. If the service collects user data that contributes to their profit, they want that service to be used by everyone, everywhere. If the service doesn’t contribute to their profit in that way, they are expending resources without any gain.