Free Newsletters - Space - Defense - Environment - Energy - Solar - Nuclear
..
. 24/7 Space News .




EARTH OBSERVATION
Google Maps returns to iPhone after Apple fiasco
by Staff Writers
San Francisco (AFP) Dec 13, 2012


Google Maps returned to the iPhone Thursday, allowing users to replace a glitch-ridden Apple program panned for omitting key landmarks and sending people in wrong directions.

"People around the world have been asking for Google Maps on iPhone. Starting today, we're pleased to announce that Google Maps is here -- rolling out across the world in the Apple App Store," said Daniel Graf, director of Google Maps for mobile, in a blog post.

"It's designed from the ground up to combine the comprehensiveness and accuracy of Google Maps with an interface that makes finding what you're looking for faster and easier."

Graf said the new mapping app is available for the iPhone and iPod Touch using iOS 5.1 and higher, in more than 40 countries and 29 languages, including Chinese, Dutch, English, French, German, Italian, Japanese and Spanish.

"It's a sharper looking, vector-based map that loads quickly and provides smooth tilting and rotating of 2D and 3D views," he said.

The maps disaster marred the image of a company which seemed to have the Midas touch for hugely successful new products like the iPhone and iPad.

Apple was forced to make a highly embarrassing apology in September for its own maps application in the new iOS 6 operating system used by the iPhone 5, and urged customers to use rival programs while improvements are made.

"Google Maps for iOS" was a top trend on Twitter, and users and analysts immediately welcomed the news, some with satire.

"Now Google Maps for iOS is back, we can finally find our way out of this asteroid field near Alderaan that totally appeared from nowhere," said one tweet.

Another said: "Just installed the new Google Maps for iOS and confirmed what I've suspected for days: this is definitely not my house."

Greg Sterling, an analyst with Sterling Market Intelligence who contributes to the Search Engine Land blog, said the new application "is better than Google Maps for Android because it has been built or rebuilt -- from the ground up -- and didn't grow by accretion."

But he added that "it's also not 100 percent satisfying" because it is not integrated with Siri, Apple's personal voice-assisted program, to allow a user to speak and obtain directions.

Apple had booted off Google Maps -- which had been the default program for Apple devices -- when it developed its own application for its smartphones.

Apple's maps program immediately drew scorn for showing melting bridges, misplaced landmarks, and major cities disappearing.

In Australia, police recently warned motorists about using Apple Maps on the iPhone's latest operating system after rescuing several people left stranded in the wilderness, saying the errors could prove deadly.

Victoria state police said drivers were sent "off the beaten track" in recent weeks while attempting to get to the inland town of Mildura, being directed instead to the middle of a national park.

Although most maps programs including Google's and Apple's are free, they are seen as valuable in keeping mobile Internet users in a company's ecosystem, where they can perform search functions and be targeted with ads.

.


Related Links
Earth Observation News - Suppiliers, Technology and Application






Comment on this article via your Facebook, Yahoo, AOL, Hotmail login.

Share this article via these popular social media networks
del.icio.usdel.icio.us DiggDigg RedditReddit GoogleGoogle




Memory Foam Mattress Review
Newsletters :: SpaceDaily :: SpaceWar :: TerraDaily :: Energy Daily
XML Feeds :: Space News :: Earth News :: War News :: Solar Energy News





EARTH OBSERVATION
Shadows on ice: Proba-1 images Concordia south polar base
Paris (ESA) Dec 13, 2012
ESA's Earth-observing microsatellite Proba-1 has glimpsed one of the loneliest places on Earth - Concordia research base in the heart of Antarctica. This image was acquired by the High-Resolution Camera, the smallest imager on ESA's smallest satellite. This black and white digital camera incorporates a miniaturised telescope to fit in Proba-1, whose overall volume is less than a cubic metre. ... read more


EARTH OBSERVATION
Apollo's Lunar Dust Data Being Restored

To the moon and back for less than 2 billion dollars

NASA's GRAIL Creates Most Accurate Moon Gravity Map

Chinese astronauts may grow veg on Moon

EARTH OBSERVATION
Curiosity Rover Nearing Yellowknife Bay

Charitum Montes: a cratered winter wonderland

Opportunity Continues Rock Studies

Orbiter Spies Where Rover's Cruise Stage Hit Mars

EARTH OBSERVATION
China patent office becomes world's largest: WIPO

What happens to plant growth when you remove gravity?

Scientists say NASA's budget inadequate for its goals

What trends will take upper hand in space exploration?

EARTH OBSERVATION
Mr Xi in Space

China plans manned space launch in 2013: state media

China to launch manned spacecraft

Tiangong 1 Parked And Waiting As Shenzhou 10 Mission Prep Continues

EARTH OBSERVATION
Medical Ops, Fan Checks for Space Crew; New Trio Checks Soyuz

Khrunichev Completes Nauka Space Station Module

New Crew of ISS to Perform Two Spacewalks

Space Station to reposition for science

EARTH OBSERVATION
Russia works to fix satellite's off-target orbit

ULA Launch Monopoly to End

SPACEX Awarded Two EELV Class Missions From The USAF

Russia Set to Launch Telecoms Satellite for Gazprom

EARTH OBSERVATION
Astronomers discover and 'weigh' infant solar system

Search for Life Suggests Solar Systems More Habitable than Ours

Do missing Jupiters mean massive comet belts?

Brown Dwarfs May Grow Rocky Planets

EARTH OBSERVATION
Jury rules Apple iPhone violated MobileMedia patents

XTAR Wins $8 Million In New Business

Boeing, BMW Group to collaborate on carbon fiber recycling

Yahoo! seeks slice of smartphone photo-sharing pie




The content herein, unless otherwise known to be public domain, are Copyright 1995-2014 - Space Media Network. AFP, UPI and IANS news wire stories are copyright Agence France-Presse, United Press International and Indo-Asia News Service. ESA Portal Reports are copyright European Space Agency. All NASA sourced material is public domain. Additional copyrights may apply in whole or part to other bona fide parties. Advertising does not imply endorsement,agreement or approval of any opinions, statements or information provided by Space Media Network on any Web page published or hosted by Space Media Network. Privacy Statement