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Do not fear, however, as consumers can still access Google Maps via the web on their iPhone by using Apple’s Safari web browser (and even make a shortcut icon to the page itself). Sadly Google will not be providing any single-app solution for those who miss the built-in app they had prior to upgrading to iOS 6 — those days are simply gone.

(Seriously, if you haven’t downloaded Google Chrome for your iPhone, you’re just not cool enough to have an iPhone anymore!)

Discussing how Google Maps is far superior to Apple’s offering, a NYT writer says in an opinion piece, “You can still use Google’s maps – on the Web. You won’t get spoken directions, but you’ll get written directions, public transportation details, live traffic reports and, of course, Google’s far superior maps and data.

“In two weeks, you’ll be able to get Street View this way, too, says Google.” When we contacted Google directly about the news, it said, “We can’t confirm this, as we have nothing to announce”.

If true, the news will be welcomed by disgruntled iOS 6 upgraders who have recently been greeted with Apple’s disappointing new Maps service.

Apple launched its Maps application last week, a move that was met by widespread derision for its inaccurate locations and directions as well as its lack of public transport information.

What’s more, Google said yesterday that it won’t be bringing its Google Maps app back to iOS 6 anytime soon. We can’t help but think this is a good move on Google’s part, as it might draw some users away from iOS to its Google Maps equipped Android operating system.

Our good friends over at The Inquirer have written and quick guide on “How to get Google Maps back on your Iphone” guide, which explains step by step how to use the Google Maps web service on a freshly upgraded iPhone or iPad — to get you by for now, that is.

via The Inquirer




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