Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past several months, you have probably heard about the disaster that has been Apple Maps. Apple replaced Google Maps with their own map app in their latest iOS update, leaving much to be desired. Many bugs, issues, and lack of data made for a worse solution than the previous one, causing lots of public bashing, frustrations and embarrassments. It became the center of attention at Apple, forcing them to apologize, shake up some executives, and put the weight of the company behind cleaning up the disaster.
While Apple was seemingly hard at work improving their maps behind the scenes, a brand new Google Maps app launched in Apple’s App Store, proving to be a great replacement. It soared to the most downloaded app in just a few hours. It seemed like a strange situation. Why would Apple allow a better map application from their direct competitor appear on their app store?
Today, Apple has launched Apple Maps on Android. Many users are reporting that the application is already better than Google Maps, with new features including rumored integration with Foursquare data, massively improved flyover images, corrected map data, new turn-by-turn voices including the voice of Apple’s CEO, Tim Cook and much more. This was a strange, but very strategic move for Apple. Some are calling it a “bait and switch”. Tim Cook sent an official statement to AllThingsD.
Apple Maps has been the focus at Apple for the last several months and we feel we have made some phenomenal progress. We think that Apple Maps for Android will help expose Android users to the wonderful experience we provide at Apple. We have every intention of bringing this fantastic update to iOS, but you’ll have to wait for iOS7. We only update our software once a year. We believe that’s what our customers want.
We reached out to a few Android users for comment to see how the community is reacting to this new app. “I downloaded Apple Maps for Android just to show my friends. They are going to crack up”, said Justin Wingler. “Put that part on the record. Off the record, it’s actually really great. I’m already using it over Google Maps. Please don’t write that though.”
Unfortunately for Justin, we have no integrity at Mockcrunch.