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(PC Magazine)   6 reasons why people are getting excited over something as small as a Google Maps app   (pcmag.com) divider line 26
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2012-12-13 01:59:47 PM
Click here to see "The Best Features of Google Maps for iOS" slideshow Deslided>

My only complaint about the Google maps (and all the 3rd party map apps in general), is that when I click on an address that I put in my contacts, it always defaults to Apple maps. I don't blame the 3rd party apps, it's more Apple's fault for putting out a crappy map to begin with
 
2012-12-13 02:08:56 PM
Wow Apple finally let the users get something they didn't originally approve of... I love how Apple traps you in their world and makes choices for you... it was only due to the out cry of users they finally changed it so you could get one app. A shame really... an people wonder why I dislike apple.
 
2012-12-13 02:11:41 PM

isheltoe: Wow Apple finally let the users get something they didn't originally approve of... I love how Apple traps you in their world and makes choices for you... it was only due to the out cry of users they finally changed it so you could get one app. A shame really... an people wonder why I dislike apple.


I hear ya. I hate when those Apple bastards come to my house and force me at gunpoint to buy their products.
 
2012-12-13 02:13:22 PM

WhippingBoy: isheltoe: Wow Apple finally let the users get something they didn't originally approve of... I love how Apple traps you in their world and makes choices for you... it was only due to the out cry of users they finally changed it so you could get one app. A shame really... an people wonder why I dislike apple.

I hear ya. I hate when those Apple bastards come to my house and force me at gunpoint to buy their products.


There's always someone knoking on your door about job
 
2012-12-13 02:13:49 PM
Amazingly, when you take a feature away from people, and then return it, people who use/rely on that feature will be grateful

/Ric Romero news on the scene...
 
2012-12-13 02:15:32 PM
It does not show up at all in the app store if you are searching directly from an IPad. Apple is really trying to bury it.
 
2012-12-13 02:16:37 PM

TheAnvil: It does not show up at all in the app store if you are searching directly from an IPad. Apple is really trying to bury it.


It shows up, but it's like the fifth app in.
 
2012-12-13 02:18:27 PM
This version also isn't designed for the iPad. It's strictly phone resolution.
 
2012-12-13 02:19:30 PM
Reason #1: They are all Apple Fanboys

Reason #2: Apple maps could have been layed out better if they had given the job to a three year old drawing with crayon

Reason #3: People respect the Google overlords

Reason #4: Google maps is better than Yahoo maps and Mapquest according to Lonely Island "Lazy Sunday"

Reason #5: Every schmuck with an iPhone gets excited about any little change to the platform

Reason #6: They paid $300 for the freakin' phone, They're allowed to get excited for it

/end rant
 
2012-12-13 02:27:42 PM
Wow! Now Apple users can catch up with what Android's had all along!
 
2012-12-13 02:40:53 PM
TFA: ...it's still nice to be able to rely on Google's voice-guided, turn-by-turn directions. On Android, they're not perfect; you can accidentally get locked into walking directions, if you toggle that option and then forget about it.

If you turn on a setting and forget about it, you're "locked into" it. What kind of stupidity is this?
 
2012-12-13 02:52:23 PM

Fish in a Barrel: TFA: ...it's still nice to be able to rely on Google's voice-guided, turn-by-turn directions. On Android, they're not perfect; you can accidentally get locked into walking directions, if you toggle that option and then forget about it.

If you turn on a setting and forget about it, you're "locked into" it. What kind of stupidity is this?


It's a pretty overt option. You can also get "locked in" to Driving or Transit directions, if by locked in you mean "take a millisecond to change."
 
2012-12-13 03:12:52 PM

THX 1138: Wow! Now Apple users can catch up with what Android's had all along!


WTF? iDevice users had it all along, until Apple removed it this year.
 
2012-12-13 03:20:38 PM

scottydoesntknow: My only complaint about the Google maps (and all the 3rd party map apps in general), is that when I click on an address that I put in my contacts, it always defaults to Apple maps. I don't blame the 3rd party apps, it's more Apple's fault for putting out a crappy map to begin with


Google's releasing an SDK for it. Some 3rd party apps will no doubt support Google Maps integration just because of all the flack Apple Maps has gotten.

That said, Apple needs to add a way to configure default apps.
 
2012-12-13 03:20:55 PM

isheltoe: Wow Apple finally let the users get something they didn't originally approve of... I love how Apple traps you in their world and makes choices for you... it was only due to the out cry of users they finally changed it so you could get one app. A shame really... an people wonder why I dislike apple.


No, they wonder if you're bright enough to tie your own shoelaces.
 
2012-12-13 03:34:39 PM

MrEricSir: scottydoesntknow: My only complaint about the Google maps (and all the 3rd party map apps in general), is that when I click on an address that I put in my contacts, it always defaults to Apple maps. I don't blame the 3rd party apps, it's more Apple's fault for putting out a crappy map to begin with

Google's releasing an SDK for it. Some 3rd party apps will no doubt support Google Maps integration just because of all the flack Apple Maps has gotten.

That said, Apple needs to add a way to configure default apps.



I can't laugh hard enough at this.

/you will use them AS DIRECTED
//and you WILL LIKE IT!
 
2012-12-13 04:07:02 PM

Kuroshin: MrEricSir: scottydoesntknow: My only complaint about the Google maps (and all the 3rd party map apps in general), is that when I click on an address that I put in my contacts, it always defaults to Apple maps. I don't blame the 3rd party apps, it's more Apple's fault for putting out a crappy map to begin with

Google's releasing an SDK for it. Some 3rd party apps will no doubt support Google Maps integration just because of all the flack Apple Maps has gotten.

That said, Apple needs to add a way to configure default apps.


I can't laugh hard enough at this.

/you will use them AS DIRECTED
//and you WILL LIKE IT!


Honestly, I'm surprised someone hasn't nudged the DoJ to sue Apple for this. MS got in big trouble for not doing this, after all.
 
2012-12-13 04:08:20 PM

MrEricSir: Apple needs to add a way to configure default apps.


They have a patent on that. It's one of the ones they sued Samsung for violating. It's also incredibly obvious, and exactly what desktop OSs have been doing for a decade.
 
2012-12-13 07:26:24 PM

Kuroshin: THX 1138: Wow! Now Apple users can catch up with what Android's had all along!

WTF? iDevice users had it all along, until Apple removed it this year.


Google maps with turn by turn directions? I thought that the dispute was because Apple wanted the turn by turn feature, Google said no or not without you paying us more, Apple responded with we'll build it our self and Google saying good luck with that.
 
2012-12-13 07:50:08 PM

Kuroshin: THX 1138: Wow! Now Apple users can catch up with what Android's had all along!

WTF? iDevice users had it all along, until Apple removed it this year.


lol
this
 
2012-12-13 07:50:19 PM

PluckYew: Kuroshin: THX 1138: Wow! Now Apple users can catch up with what Android's had all along!

WTF? iDevice users had it all along, until Apple removed it this year.

Google maps with turn by turn directions? I thought that the dispute was because Apple wanted the turn by turn feature, Google said no or not without you paying us more, Apple responded with we'll build it our self and Google saying good luck with that.


Ah, good point. I was referring to Google Maps itself, which was replaced by the non-functional Apple Maps. Specific functions notwithstanding...
 
2012-12-13 07:56:06 PM

MrEricSir: scottydoesntknow: My only complaint about the Google maps (and all the 3rd party map apps in general), is that when I click on an address that I put in my contacts, it always defaults to Apple maps. I don't blame the 3rd party apps, it's more Apple's fault for putting out a crappy map to begin with

Google's releasing an SDK for it. Some 3rd party apps will no doubt support Google Maps integration just because of all the flack Apple Maps has gotten.

That said, Apple needs to add a way to configure default apps.


and by releasing the SDK, they get yet another jump on Apple ... lol
 
2012-12-13 08:57:09 PM
This story was just on NBC's Nightly flippin' News. Really? An app that has been on multiple phones for years is finally making the iphone whole again .

I hate media companies.
 
2012-12-13 10:16:42 PM
I think the transit directions are the big one. With Google Maps, if you need to know what bus or train is the best to take, your phone can help you figure that out. Those of us who take public transportation everywhere benefit a lot from having good navigation resources.
 
2012-12-13 11:12:24 PM

JeffTL: I think the transit directions are the big one.


This. This x 100000. I just moved to San Francisco, left my jeep behind in Texas for good and I'd be hopelessly lost without it. This one single app has given me new respect for public transportation.

Its also the one reason I have yet to upgrade any of my iDevices. I refuse to give it up. I dont yet trust the new google app and I like the integration the old google maps has in the iDevices. I'm not upgrading until I can chose my default map application.
 
2012-12-14 02:17:20 AM

JeffTL: I think the transit directions are the big one. With Google Maps, if you need to know what bus or train is the best to take, your phone can help you figure that out. Those of us who take public transportation everywhere benefit a lot from having good navigation resources.


Street View is pretty good for recon of that hard-to-find joint and where to unload/park.
 
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