Google responded to being kicked off the iPhone and iPad with their own iOS Google Maps app, but that hasn’t fared as well. iPhone users love Apple’s Maps, Google is No. 2, but guess who has the No. 3 maps app?
Maps, GPS, Voice, Traffic
If there’s one thing we learned from Google’s reticence to improve the iOS version of their maps, it’s that competition can be a good thing.
Not only has Apple’s Maps improved dramatically in the past year, so has Google’s own iOS version of Maps.
And, so have other iOS maps apps, including MapQuest, which has been around for years.
The latest version features live maps, voice navigation, live traffic updates, and GPS. And MapQuest is free.
The turn-by-turn directions work well in most locales, including here in San Francisco, and there are options to route around traffic congestion or accidents, and find gasoline stations with lower prices.
I like the feature that lets me check on gasoline prices nearby. Both work and home addresses can be bookmarked so finding a route to a destination from either is easier than in Apple Maps.
Competition is a good thing. Apple had to up its game after the Maps fiasco last year, but so did Google. Now the No. 3 maps app on the Mac is an improvement.
With a few little niggles.
MapQuest is AOL, and AOL apps seem to be among the most buggy on iPhone or iPad. I’ve had more crashes on MapQuest than either Apple Maps or Google Maps combined. MapQuest is free, but if you want to remove the advertisements, that’ll cost you a few dollars.