Google Maps on iOS is Better Than the one on Android in Some Ways

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  • 16 Dec 2012
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  • Google Maps for iOS is a real treat for the people coming off Apple Maps, but in some ways it’s actually better than Google Maps for Android. In the analysis of the iOS app, New York Times seems to believed that the new Maps design is actually superior to the one on Android.


    Apparently even an unnamed Google employee claimed that, making a pretty shocking statement. This would mean that Google actually cares more about the experience of people on iOS than the experience of the Android folks. It’s usual that Microsoft, Google and Apple keep the best software for themselves, so why go through all the trouble and make a kickass version of your app for another rival platform? The basic experience is the same, you should know that, since the maps are the same and so are the search results.

    Walking directions, public transit routes and voice guided turn by turn navigation, plus Street View and 3D maps are all here. The thing is that the Apple version delivers quickly and cleanly the needed navigation data. The experience is more intuitive than on Android and instead of a search button in the bottom corner of the screen, the iOS app relies on a search bar along the top, that allows you to reach frequently used features of the app. However, the Android app has some perks of its own, like the offline maps, bicycle route overlays and smoother panning and zooming.

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