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Bryan M. Wolfe
| December 16, 2012
The AppAdvice Week In Review: Apple Rights A Wrong With Google Maps Edition
Here are just a few of the stories we covered during the week that was.
Google Maps returns to iOS 6Google Maps to return to the App Store. However, they weren’t exactly thrilled to do so. The return of Google Maps ends a saga that began in June, when Cupertino announced that they would no longer be using Google's mapping software for the default Maps app in iOS. Instead, they created their own, which was heavily panned soon after it was officially released in September. Initially, it was reported that Google Maps' reentry into iOS 6 was minimal, at best. As Aldrin Calimlim reported:
Given the criticism that had befallen Apple’s Maps app, it’s widely presumed that many users had been holding out on updating to iOS 6, on which the app debuted. Supposedly, these users were not so keen on using Apple’s mapping system instead of Google Maps, which it replaced rather unceremoniously. But following the much-awaited return of Google Maps on iOS last Wednesday, Chitika found that only a small percentage of users within its mobile ad network updated to iOS 6.Meanwhile, Dom Esposito explained how, when using a jailbreak, users could make Google Maps their default application.
MapsOpener will allow you to set Google Maps as the default maps app on your jailbroken iOS device. Whenever you click on an address or maps link in Safari, Google Maps will launch and load up the information you’ve requested. Along with that, tapping on any “Directions” links in Safari will launch turn-by-turn navigation within Google Maps instead of the list-style directions found in the iOS 5 Maps app.So what's the fuss? Robin Rhys explains:
- What A Concept! Bundling iOS Apps For One Low Price For A Limited Time by yours truly suggests a concept whose time may have finally come.
- Speedier Facebook iOS App Now Also Supports Upload Album Selection by Aldrin Calimlim explains what makes the Facebook app so much better.
- Three Popular Cable Television Channels Now Have iPad Apps by Brent Dirks announces the arrival of three new television channel-based apps for iPad.
- Time Magazine Calls The iPhone 5 The Best Gadget Of The Year by yours truly shows which Apple products didn't make this influential list in 2012.