Happy days are here again for iPhone users that love looking at maps. Google maps is now available to download as an app. The new app comes 3 months after Apple removed Google Maps as the built-in map service. Google Maps was replaced with Apple's own mapping app which was pretty much a huge disaster. According to the USA Today:

"People around the world have been asking for Google Maps on iPhone," wrote Daniel Graf, Director of Google Maps for Mobile, in the company blog. "It's designed from the ground up."


Google redesigned the app to show more map on screen than the previous version that was quashed by Apple for iPhone. The map also "loads more quickly and provides smooth tilting and rotating of 2D and 3D views," Graf says.

When users search for a place of interest, say a restaurant, an expandable information sheet at the bottom shows the address, opening hours, ratings and reviews, images and directions. The map contains more than 80 million businesses and points of interest, Graf says.

Google also installed voice-guided, turn-by-turn navigation, which was missing from the previous version. Live traffic conditions, public transportation information, Street View and Business Photos that show photos of inside places are also included.


The Google Maps app is available with any iPhone or iPod Touch that runs iOS 5.1 or higher.

I downloaded the app today and it works great. iPhone users should be happy with this.