It’s about time! Google maps have recently resurfaced, returning to the iPhone (and iPod Touch) via a new Google Maps app optimized for the iPhone 5. Many users are talking up this app. Many think that Google’s release of the new iPhone map is said to run circles around Apple’s version. What do you think?

Though the app is optimized for the iPhone 5, it is also supposed to be compatible with the iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, iPod touch (3rd generation and up). To run the app, you must have iOS 5.1 or later.

Google’s map app optimization is said to make it much easier for iPhone and iPod Touch users to navigate around the world. Maps are said to be comprehensive, highly accurate, and easy-to-use. Voice guided turn-by-turn navigation, public transit directions, Street View and more, are all features of this new app that make it that much easier for iPhone and iPod Touch users to find their way.

What’s more, the new app allows users to:

  • Discover addresses, places and businesses globally with Google local search.
  • Locate spots to eat, drink, shop and play and view ratings and local reviews.
  • Sync searches, directions, and favorite places between the computer and the phone.
  • Use voice guided, turn-by-turn driving directions.
  • Find directions via train, bus, subway or foot.
  • Access live traffic information in cities across the world.
  • View 60-degree panoramas of places around the world, along with high-resolution satellite imagery of global locations.
  • Experience speedier and smoother loading.


Yes, there are lots of pros to Google’s optimized iPhone map app. However, there are also some obvious shortcomings. For example, you cannot import your contacts from anywhere. So, you can’t type in a friend's name to pull up their address information. Instead, you have to do it manually. The other downside? This app is only available for the iPhone or iPod Touch. There is no iPad version. iPad users must stick to the mobile site or use this app at iPhone size and resolution. Bummer.

The consensus, however, is that Google has created a much improved, excellent app despite its shortcomings – an app that is definitely competing with Apple’s map version for the iPhone.

What’s your take? Are you experiencing enhanced iPhone or iPod Touch navigation?