Google Maps has finally gets the comeback on the iOS and many users are surely wondering if it is possible to make Siri use Google Maps for routes and directions instead of Apple’s infamous Maps app.
As it turns out that’s not only possible, but quite easy too. It’s perfectly convenient, but it doesn’t require any hacking, so anyone can use it.
Every time you need directions or navigation to somewhere, just say “via transit” at the end of your request. That way you won’t get a response from the standard Maps, but you will be redirected to a page where you can choose between Google Maps and other (installed or not) available services.
If you choose Google Maps for instance, you will go to the app and it will display (or execute) whatever you asked for. Choosing an app from this list won’t be saved for further uses, nor is there a way to set it as default. So, every time you need to use something other than Apple’s Maps (so basically every time), just use the “via transit” phrase.
Mountain View’s mapping service is back on iOS, but Google’s cartography team isn’t content with launching a standalone app: it wants to worm its way into other developer’s apps, too.
Leveraging a URL scheme, Google Maps’ iOS SDK allows developers to call up its own navigation application in favor of iOS 6’s offering. The SDK also demonstrates how to perform a quick check to make sure Google Maps is installed, allowing apps to default to Apple’s solution if it isn’t found.
Developers looking for a more integrated solution can request access to API keys that will allow their apps to natively utilize Google’s cartography in 2D and 3D views. It’s a subtle hand to play, but the updated SDK gives developers more control over the experience they offer to users, a good thing, to be sure. Looking for access to the new API? Register your interest at Google’s developer site — it’s doling out access to qualified developers as API keys become available.
Via : Google
Google has expanded its high-res Google Maps and Earth offerings to cover a whopping 164 cities and 108 countries / regions, while its brand new 45-degree imagery is now available for 60 cities (40 in the US and 20 abroad) – the list is long, so check out the source to discover all the locations.
The photos are pretty stunning; highlights include a live look at the Space Needle’s orange paint job for its 50th anniversary, an overhead look at Austrian bridges and an angled view of the Thun Castle in Switzerland.
Recentlly, We’ve all heard the rumors that Google is working on a native third-party version of Google Maps for iOS 6.x devices. It seems there has been lots of substance to these rumors, as reportedly, the app has already been distributed for testing to interested parties outside Google’s labs.
According to “a person with direct knowledge of the matter”, who spoke to Wall Street Journal, Google is already putting the finishing touches on the app and should be ready to submit it for approval to the Apple’s AppStore sooner rather than later.
In response to WSJ’s inquiry, an Apple spokesperson said they cannot comment on apps, which have not yet been submitted.
With iOS 6.0 Apple revamped the native Maps app, which was previously based on Google Maps, and replaced the back-end with their own. The bold move however was everything but a success for Apple and it was pressed to issue a public apology for the deficiencies of the home-brewed app.
For a while Google looked content with leaving Apple sweat over its decision. But now it seems it’s ready to use the situation to its own advantage by publishing a native Google Maps of its own, complete with turn-by-turn navigation.
Nokia announced similar plans quite recently too.
Via : WSJ