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Google Maps iOS app: No longer default maps app, so glitches not Google’s fault

Excerpt from AllThingsD

Dec 17, 2012 12:30 am

Skift Take

Google Maps’ second-fiddle status in iOS 6 means it doesn’t have some of the flow that it used to. Apple controls the iOS platform and it isn’t making Google Maps’ return as attractive as possible.

— Dennis Schaal

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Google Maps in iOS 6 has a few navigational challenges because it is no longer the default maps app. / iTunes


In less than 24 hours, Google Maps became the most downloaded app on the iPhone as unhappy consumers flocked to the App Store looking for an alternative to the Apple-made application.

But four days later, the reality is setting in that downloading Google Maps won’t result in the same experience as before — that’s because Google Maps is not the iPhone’s default maps program. Apple continues to hold that coveted position…

Understandably, this disparity could lead to some consumer confusion.

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