Google Maps Returns to Apple's iPhone

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Apple's iPhone has now got an improved maps service after Google released a version of its own maps as an iPhone App.

Google said that it was developing the stand-alone app last month, after the latest iPhone software update lead to a flood of complaints about Apple's replacement service.

Apple was forced into issuing an apology to its customers over the poor quality of its own maps service, and recommended that users try Nokia or Microsoft products while it works to fix its in-house service.

You can now add Google to the list of alternatives - but only when used as a stand-alone maps or navigation service. Any other iPhone apps that need to display maps will still fall back to relying on Apple's own mapping service. To alleviate that problem, Google has released a facility for 3rd-party developers to make use of Google maps in their own apps.

The new Google Maps app is available for the iPhone and iPod Touch (4th gen) iOS 5.1 and higher, in more than 40 countries and 29 languages, including Chinese, Dutch, English, French, German, Italian, Japanese and Spanish.

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