Extraordinary result for Google in one night....and it is stunning. Stunning.
Overnight, Google's Map App for Iphone has gone to number 1 in the Apple App list. It is the top free App overtaking games and YouTube. Mind you, Apple's Maps aren't what you might call.... great.
Remember Tim Cook's apology after it was shown that an air plane runway had appeared in a main shopping area. It lead to tabloid questions as to whether Pilots depended on Apple's Map? Because if they did, we're all doomed. (Sure they do). Imagine getting into the pilots seat of an aircraft, turning to you navigator co-pilot and saying, "you can relax, I have my maps on my iphone". Really.
Although to be fair to Apple, they're giving their competitors a fair shake on their App store - like Google.
Google have spent 7 years getting this product better and better and they added everything they can - from Apartments to roundabouts. "It's as smooth as a videogame" one report said and swiping (50% of map usage is mobile), moves the map experience along....which is pretty much described by all as, "beautiful". Swear. A beautiful Map App.
As you look at the map, you can swipe up an "info sheet" telling you about the bars and even more bars in the area. Restaurants, Theatres etc. too.
It gives easy zoom in and out and multiple routes of getting from A to B. And controlled by a Siri-like voice from Google Now.
Public transport details are there too.
And the App is here too https://itunes.apple.com/app/id585027354?mt=8
You should get it.
Everyone else has.
And it comes as no surprise - it deserves everything that's been said.
It's just a case of "here's how it should be".