Google began adapting its mapping application for iOS after Apple chose not to continue including the app preinstalled on iOS devices, opting instead to include its own mapping application announced at WWDC in June.
The time for iOS users to choose between Google Maps and Apple Maps is growing closer according to The Wall Street Journal.
“Google has distributed a test version of its new mapping app that will work on Apple’s iPhones and iPads to some individuals outside the company, said a person with direct knowledge of the matter. Google has been putting the finishing touches on the app before submitting it for approval to the Apple iTunes store, this person said, though it is unclear exactly when that will happen,” The Wall Street Journal reports.
The report believes the new Google Maps for iOS app will bring turn-by-turn navigation, unavailable in previous Google Maps applications on iOS.
Apple’s decision to remove Google Maps in iOS 6 created a consumer backlash against the company, sparking an apology from CEO Tim Cook. Apple’s mapping application however brought integrated turn-by-turn navigation to iOS devices, which arrived in Australia last week.