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  • gkinchina Level 1 Level 1 (15 points)
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    Nov 19, 2012 8:52 AM (in response to Shilts9)

    Here's another great, working alternative coming soon to free us from the useless Apple Maps -

     

     

    http://www.wired.com/gadgetlab/2012/11/nokia-launches-here-its-cloud-mapping-ser vice/

  • William Kucharski Level 6 Level 6 (14,400 points)
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    Nov 20, 2012 1:41 AM (in response to gkinchina)

    gkinchina wrote:

     

    Looks like my iPhone (and yours) will be returned to perfection soon and we won't have to suffer the Apple iOS6 Maps abomination much longer

     

    By the way, even when the Google Maps app is released, any app that uses iOS to "locate" anything will show you the location in Apple Maps, not Google Maps.

  • lkrupp Level 4 Level 4 (3,085 points)
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    Nov 20, 2012 6:11 AM (in response to William Kucharski)

    Nokia just released its "Here" maps app and it's getting terrible reviews so far Slow, UI is wonky, pinch-to-zoom flakey,etc. No joy in mudville yet. Of course the whiners here will be ecstatic if/when a revamped Google Maps app appears no matter how bad it is. They have too much face to save. And it will be a maps app that is still intentionally crippled so as to promote Android. But hey, it won't be an Apple app so that makes it superior, right.

  • etresoft Level 7 Level 7 (23,895 points)
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    Nov 20, 2012 9:48 AM (in response to lkrupp)

    lkrupp wrote:

     

    Of course the whiners here will be ecstatic if/when a revamped Google Maps app appears no matter how bad it is. They have too much face to save. And it will be a maps app that is still intentionally crippled so as to promote Android.

    There is no guarantee it will show up at all. Because the original was an Apple app, it didn't have to conform to 3rd party guidelines. Now it will. Will Google agree with those restrictions? The old agreement between Apple and Google is not public and we know how Google uses information in your web searches, browsing habits, and e-mails. Google just might decide not to launch it if they are just going to be giving away services for free without the ability to harvest marketing information. If Google does launch it with enhanced privacy, so much the better for us.

     

    Despite the rhetoric and "apologies", Apple's 1.0 mapping solution is going to be big. The rumor is that it will show up in 10.9. This would be great for any professional GIS software developers who want to write Mac apps.

     

    Wait...I'm a professional GIS software developer who wants to write Mac apps! 2013 looks like it is going to be a good year.

  • imaybeawhile Level 2 Level 2 (400 points)
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    Nov 20, 2012 1:10 PM (in response to lkrupp)

    Even the browser version of google maps is better and  preferable to mess that apple call maps

     

    Only bitter and twisted fanboi's can claim otherwise. The only face saving needed is by apple

     

    It just works - hahahaha what a pile of iCrap... How's AAPL doing ?

  • tonefox Level 5 Level 5 (7,680 points)
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    Nov 20, 2012 1:18 PM (in response to imaybeawhile)

    imaybeawhile wrote:

     

    ... How's AAPL doing ?

    Up 7.21% yesterday. How's your stock doing?

     

    http://appleinsider.com/articles/12/11/19/apple-stock-rebounds-721-after-hitting -half-year-low

  • imaybeawhile Level 2 Level 2 (400 points)
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    Nov 20, 2012 1:23 PM (in response to tonefox)

    Down again today actually - another example of fanboi selective information to suit - surely not

  • mszilard Level 1 Level 1 (15 points)
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    Nov 21, 2012 12:03 AM (in response to Shilts9)

    did anybody notice any improvements of map information after the release? i know eastern europe is not on the priority list, but after countless reports, nothing changed. it's the same as it was months ago.

  • swisslu Calculating status...
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    Nov 21, 2012 12:08 AM (in response to mszilard)

    I'm also from Europe and I did'nt notice any change altough I made a lot of reports... A list with the fixes would be very interresting!

  • gkinchina Level 1 Level 1 (15 points)
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    Nov 21, 2012 10:36 PM (in response to swisslu)

    The Maps problem (for us in South Asia) is solved. I suspect it will be so for most of the world outside North America.

     

    Please download the just released Nokia Here Maps from the AppStore. The data is fantastic - as good as Google Maps. Yesterday, I went to six places - it recognised and found  all. I have junked the in Search and routed all of them very well. Apple Maps could find only one of those six and could route none.

     

    The Nokia maps interface is clunky and leaves much to be desired. However, for the core requirement of getting from point A to point B, getting directions to a new place and transit - it "Just Works" . The data is great and as a native app, is far easier to use than Safari-Google.

     

    Yesterday, I junked the  cheap Android phone I purchased only for Google Maps. My iPhone works again now thankfully.

     

    Too bad I am not able to delete the idiotic Apple Maps app. I sent it to my last screen so that I don't have to see it again. It irritates - just the sight of it... It "Just does'nt work".

  • imaybeawhile Level 2 Level 2 (400 points)
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    Nov 22, 2012 10:20 AM (in response to gkinchina)

    If the Nokia "Here" app was available before I purchased my dedicated google maps Samsung it would have saved me some money.

     

    It's not going to have me rushing to sell Samsung just yet though as its not quite as useable and comprehensive a solution as google maps.

    The metro /subway/ tube is available in the city I am at right now - but no buses.

    It's certainly much more useful tha apple maps for anyone that needs to access public transport. I might play with it some more just for fun for now but would encourage anyone that doesn't like apple maps to have a go too

  • William Kucharski Level 6 Level 6 (14,400 points)
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    Nov 22, 2012 10:25 AM (in response to gkinchina)

    gkinchina wrote:

     

    The Nokia maps interface is clunky and leaves much to be desired. However, for the core requirement of getting from point A to point B, getting directions to a new place and transit - it "Just Works" . The data is great and as a native app, is far easier to use than Safari-Google.

     

    Glad to hear it works for you.

     

    FWIW, for most points in the US, Apple Maps does the same; I recently used it extensively on trips to L.A. and the San Francisco Bay Area and Apple Maps was wonderful - turn by turn directions got me where I needed to go flawlessly.

     

    The biggest problem is in areas where the map data is wrong or inaccurate - an Achilles' Heel of any mapping program.

  • Lerxt Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Nov 22, 2012 5:05 PM (in response to Shilts9)

    Yes well I just did my first business trip to Hong Kong since google maps disappeared and I was horrorified with Apple Maps. People find locations by building name there, and Google Maps was great  for this. Apple has NO building names that are usuable...so no practical location finding is possible in the city. No wonder so many people there were carrying Android smartphones and Phablets. iPhone is much less popular there now. Looks like unless Google are allowed to do a great map then it will be Android for me too.

    (PS. Nokia Here is useless in Hong Kong for the same reason and because they have the English locations using Mandarin names not the native Cantonese names...this is like having a map function in England using French translations.)

  • Chris CA Level 9 Level 9 (73,385 points)
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    Nov 22, 2012 9:00 PM (in response to Lerxt)

    Lerxt wrote:

     

    No wonder so many people there were carrying Android smartphones and Phablets. iPhone is much less popular there now.

    They all sold their iPhone/iPads in the last 9 weeks?

  • William Kucharski Level 6 Level 6 (14,400 points)
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    Nov 23, 2012 4:38 AM (in response to Lerxt)

    Lerxt wrote:

     

    Looks like unless Google are allowed to do a great map then it will be Android for me too.

     

    Once again:

     

    1) maps.google.com works beautifully from the Mobile Safari browser and provides almost all the functionality the old Google Maps app had.

     

    2) Google was refusing to add new features to the Google Maps app that they were adding to their Android client, so Apple had to go with their own mapping program or always be reliant upon whenever Google "got around" to improving their iOS app - not a good situation for Apple to be in, given Google owns Android.

     

    It's not a matter of Google not being "allowed" to do something at all.

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