Google Maps for iPhone came out last night, and the applause from around the Internet is thunderous.Some of the headlines:
- NYT: Google Maps App for iPhone Goes in the Right Direction – Review
- The Verge: Google Maps for iPhone is here: how data and design beat Apple
- Wired: Hallelujah! Google Maps Returns to Apple’s iPhone
- BetaNews: Google Maps gives iPhone much needed direction
- Mat Honan: How do I uninstall Apple Maps?
- Robert Stephens: Happy 40th birthday to Larry Page. I can’t help but think getting Google Maps out today was a particularly good present from engineering.
- Ryan Block: Our long national nightmare is finally over. Allow Google Maps to reintroduce itself!
- Ben Schaechter: Google took this opportunity to make maps go from good to great and they did a damn good job.
- Erick Schonfeld: Wow, these new Google maps render supa fast. It’s like scrolling the earth.
It goes on like that.Fact is: Apple whiffed big time with its Maps, and now Google is making it pay.
It’s a big win for Google.
Owning a core software function, as Google clearly does with maps on smartphones, can be a strong defence against a competitor with a dominant platform.
It reminds us of how Google keeps trying to replace Microsoft Office, but end users still love Microsoft Excel and refuse to give it up.