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Google Maps is making a comeback on iPhones and iPod Touch, with the app finally available for users.
The app was removed as the built-in map app for the iPhone when Apple introduced its new iOS 6 operating system in September and replaced with Apple’s own Maps app. It was widely criticized to the point that CEO Tim Cook had to issue an official apology. Cook even recommended Bing and Waze, acknowledging the mapping errors in Apple’s own app that many complained about.
On Wednesday, Google announced that its Google Maps app was finally approved by Apple. The company promises that the new app’s interface “makes finding what you’re looking for faster and easier.”
Daniel Graf, Director, Google Maps for Mobile, said that the app was redesigned from the ground up, giving larger map views and it loads faster.
According to USA Today, the app is now voice-guided and has other new features like turn-by-turn navigation. Street View, Business Photos, public transportation maps and live traffic information is also included.
CBS News notes that Google still hasn’t made an iPad maps app and the company hasn’t said when that would be released.