Google has announced that the new Google Maps app for iOS 6 has been downloaded in the Apple App Store 10 million times in the first 48 hours the app went live.
In a post tilted “More than 10 million downloads in less than 48 hours after release,” Google’s Jeff Huber writes, “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).”
Why is Google Maps doing so well in the Apple App Store? When Apple rolled out iOS 6, it replaced the Google Maps app with the Apple Maps app. Initially, Apple fans were intrigued with the cutting edge features the new mapping service had to offer. Sadly, it was bug-infested, misnaming places and not showing landmarks where they are supposed to be. The huge mess resulted in Apple fans demanding to reinstate Google Maps.
Google took its time developing the new Google Maps app for iOS 6, but it seems it was worth the wait. It quickly became the top free app in the App Store, despite only going live last week.
The Google Maps app may have been downloaded 10 million times in the first 48 hours in the App Store, but it is still a work in progress. iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch users still do not have offline maps. Android users have been enjoying the feature for quite some time now.
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