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Google Maps App for Apple iPhones?

A recent news report claims that Google is working on a new Maps app, believed to be used on Apple’s iPhone that runs iOS6.

According to The Wall Street Journal, Google has distributed a test version of its new mapping app that will work on Apple’s iPhones to some individuals outside the company, quoting an anonymous source. Google has been putting the finishing touches on the app before submitting it for approval to the Apple iTunes store, this person said, though it’s unclear exactly when that will happen.

But here’s the interesting part, the new Google Maps for iPhone is expected to have “turn-by-turn navigation”:

The forthcoming Google Maps app for the iPhone is expected to contain turn-by-turn navigation that would allow people to use it like a GPS device while driving, said the person familiar with the matter. The turn-by-turn navigation feature didn’t exist in the previous Apple-device version, partly because of various disagreements between the companies over other aspects of the Apple-controlled app.

In September, Apple released the new iOS6 operating system. In the new OS, Apple replaced the Google Maps app with its own Apple Maps app. Apple also removed Google’s Youtube app. However the new Apple Maps has been criticized by many users around the globe for its inaccuracies and strange software bugs.

Late September, in an open letter to customers, Apple CEO Tim Cook agreed and said “We are extremely sorry for the frustration this has caused our customers and we are doing everything we can to make Maps better”. Since then, Apple has continued to work to fix the bugs in its mapping software.

In response to the new Google Maps for iPhone,  an Apple spokesman said the company doesn’t comment on apps that haven’t been submitted for approval.

At this point of time, it is unknown when the new Google Maps app for iPhone will become available, but it shouldn’t be long.

[Source]– The Wall Street Journal

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