People love their Google Maps. With the release of iOS 6, the pain of Apple’s new Maps app, combined with the complete removal of a Google alternative had many users waiting desperately for Google’s mapping software to return to Apple devices. When the app was finally released last week, people came out in droves.
Google Maps hit the App Store last Thursday, and within 48 hours it had racked up over 10 million downloads. These numbers come from Google’s own Jeff Huber, who said that Google is very excited over how well the app has been received. “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.”
Critics have also been praising the app, with many even stating it to be better than Google Maps for Android.
Apple has some serious work and marketing to do if they want to overthrow Google’s top spot when it comes to maps on iOS. With all the negative buzz around Apple Maps and the waves of momentum behind Google Maps, it may prove next to impossible for Apple’s mapping software to recover.
The road to recovery is a long one for Apple.