Google Maps back on iphone

Austin American-Statesman - - BUSINESS -

SAN FRAN­CISCO — Google Maps has found its way back to the iPhone.

The world’s most pop­u­lar on­line map­ping sys­tem re­turned late Wed­nes­day with the re­lease of the Google Maps iPhone app. The re­lease comes nearly three months af­ter Ap­ple Inc. re­placed Google Maps as the de­vice’s builtin nav­i­ga­tion sys­tem and in­serted its own map soft­ware into the lat­est ver­sion of its mo­bile op­er­at­ing sys­tem.

Ap­ple’s maps ap­pli­ca­tion proved to be far in­fe­rior to Google’s.

The prod­uct’s shod­di­ness prompted Ap­ple CEO Tim Cook to is­sue a rare pub­lic apol­ogy and rec­om­mend that iPhone own­ers con­sider us­ing Google maps through a mo­bile Web browser or seek al­ter­na­tives.

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