Google maps back on iPhone after iOS map bungle

GOOGLE Maps have found their way back to the iPhone, and the new alternative was already the top-ranking free app in Apple's Australian iTunes store today, beating other popular free apps like Angry Birds.

The world's most popular online mapping system returned late on Thursday afternoon with the release of the Google Maps' iPhone app, allowing users to replace a glitch-ridden Apple program panned for omitting key landmarks and sending people in wrong directions.

Its release came as Samsung appeared to mock problems in Apple's own mapping app with the launch of a guerrilla marketing stunt in Sydney and Melbourne earlier this week after Victorian police urged users to avoid using Apple's map app when travelling to Mildura.

The Samsung stunt in Sydney involved a muddied 4WD with a tent and other camping supplies next to a sign saying "Ooops, Should have got a Samsung Galaxy SIII. Get navigation you can trust". A similar stunt involved a different vehicle outside Southern Cross Station in Melbourne with the same sign. Samsung said the vehicles would stay where they were until Friday.


The release of Google Maps for iPhone comes nearly three months after Apple replaced Google Maps as the device's built-in navigation system and inserted its own maps into the latest version of its mobile operating system, iOS.


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