A few months ago Apple launched iOS 6 and with it removed most pre-installed Google apps such as YouTube and Google Maps. Now it looks like Google has released a test version of its new mapping app for Apple iPhones according to the Wall Street Journal. They’re putting in the final touches before sending it off to the Apple iTunes store for approval.
It will surely be a thorough examination for Google’s new app as it will compete directly with Apple’s own Maps app if it gets approved. Though Google may have a leg up as Apple’s own app had quite a rocky start and failed to impress the world, which in part led to the departure of Scott Forstall, senior VP of iOS software at the time.
The new Google Maps app is expected to have the turn-by-turn navigation that previous versions lacked due to disagreements between Google and Apple. With Google Maps out of Apple control, Google is expected to gain a big revenue boost due to ads that they can now place in the app.
There hasn’t been news of when the app will reach the public, but will most probably be in the next few months. We’ll update you once we know more.
Source: Wall Street Journal