You’ve probably had at least a few really bad experiences using Apple Maps before looking at Google Maps as the savior. 10M other iPhone users have downloaded Google Maps in only 48 hours.
It’s that time of the year again, when holidays are putting millions of Americans on the road, driving for hours or trying not to get lost in huge airports across the country. Since Apple has failed miserably with its Maps app, Google is here to save you. So far, 10 million people have downloaded the free Google Maps app for their iPhones in only 48 hours after the release.
“We’re excited for the positive reception of Google Maps for iPhone around the world” said Google’s Jeff Huber after announcing the 10M downloads. “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” Huber added.
For Google, the 10M Google Maps for iPhone downloads are a huge milestone and a big slap in Apple’s face, particularly since the app is expected to become the preferred choice for navigation on Apple’s devices. Users won’t be able however to remove their Apple Maps app from their iPhones, but hey, there’s hope Apple will deliver on that too, at some point.
Apple Maps was so bad it immediately prompted complaints for users getting so lost everybody was poking fun at the app. Apple CEO Tim Cook eventually had to release a public apology for the biggest fail the company has ever made with its top-notch and pricy technology. “At Apple, we strive to make world-class products that deliver the best experience possible to our customers” reads Tim Cook’s apology. “With the launch of our new Maps last week, we fell short on this commitment. We are extremely sorry for the frustration this has caused our customers and we are doing everything we can to make Maps better” he added.
But frustration over getting lost turned earlier this month in a life-threatening hazard after Australian police warned people Apple Maps will get them stranded in the middle of nowhere, with no water, shadow or network signal.