Google Map is Back to iOS. 谷歌地图重回苹果怀抱


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After somehow managing to survive life without it, Google Maps is back and better than ever for iOS. That means no more melting world of Apple Maps, no more false listings, no more getting lost and no more map inferiority on your iPhone. Get rid of Apple Maps and go download Google Maps in the App Store.

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The wait is over. Google Maps for iOS will be available in the App Store on Thursday, December 13. The app, which has been MIA since Apple replaced it with their own not-ready-for-prime-time Maps app with the launch of iOS 6 in September.

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The app appears to now have all of the features, including voice-guided direction, that Google built for Android but refused to add to the built-in app for iOS. Here is the official iTunes description:

Navigate your world with Google Maps, now available for iPhone. Get comprehensive, accurate and easy-to-use maps with built-in Google local search, voice guided turn-by-turn navigation, public transit directions, Street View and more. Use Google Maps to discover great places to eat, drink, shop and play, with ratings and reviews from people you trust. Sign in to save your favorite places and quickly access all your past searches and directions from your computer, right on your phone.

Search
* Find addresses, places and businesses around the world with Google local search.
* Discover places to eat, drink, shop and play, with ratings and local reviews.
* Sign in to sync your searches, directions, and favorite places between your computer and your phone.

Directions
* Get voice guided, turn-by-turn driving directions.
* Find your way by train, bus, subway or walking directions.
* Access live traffic information in cities across the world.

Street View and imagery
* View 360-degree panoramas of places around the globe with Street View.
* See inside more than 100,000 businesses worldwide.
* View high resolution satellite imagery of locations around the world.

Simple and easy to use
* An entirely new Google Maps experience on your iPhone.
* Newly designed and streamlined interface for even easier navigation of your world.
* Use gestures to explore the map and browse results.


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雖然先前謠傳Apple不會如此輕易讓Google地圖上架,但昨日Google地圖還是正大光明踏上App Store讓使用者下載。這些日子以來,iOS版的Google地圖功能引起諸多揣測,許多人也好奇Google對iOS平台的大方程度會到哪?昨日Google地圖上架之後,Google承認其實iOS版的Google地圖比Android版的還要更好。

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紐約時報的記者David Pogue在iOS版Google地圖推出之前就先動手測試,大力稱讚Google地圖,並指出連Google承認該版本的Google地圖比Android版本的還要好。除此之外,雖然Google地圖能在iPad上運行,但畢竟並非替iPad量身打造,令人略感遺憾。然而Google也暗示在未來會加入更多的功能,可能為iPad版本的Google地圖或離線地圖功能。

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雖然大家都對Apple移除Google地圖的行為很不諒解,不過Apple最終還是讓Google地圖再度回鍋App Store,而且還是以更漂亮、簡潔、功能更強大的App呈現,著實讓Apple地圖失色不少。面對地圖開發,執行長Tim Cook曾言有一項大計畫正在進行,新一波地圖戰爭即將開打


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