Google Maps Is the App Millions of iPhone Users Love

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Everybody knows Google Maps is one of the world’s leading navigation apps, and it currently has millions of users not only on Android but also on iPhone.
And third-party statistics confirm Google Maps is one of the first apps so many users install, even on the iPhone, despite Apple actually selling its smartphones with Apple Maps pre-loaded.

Third-party numbers from SensorTower, for example, indicate Google Maps was the seventh most popular app in the App Store in Europe last December, despite Apple users being provided with a native alternative.

In case you’re wondering who was leading the charts, TikTok was the number one app in Europe last December on the iPhone, followed by Zoom, WhatsApp, Instagram, and YouTube. Microsoft Teams was ranked sixth, just ahead of Google Maps, while Facebook, Netflix, and Telegram rounded up the top 10.

As far as Google’s own Android platform is concerned, Google Maps obviously didn’t make the charts, but this is only because it comes pre-loaded on the operating system. TikTok was the top app here too, just ahead of WhatsApp, Zoom, and Instagram.

In the meantime, Google is working on massive improvements for Google Maps, though for the time being, they remain exclusive to Android devices.

One of them is the driving mode, which is supposed to turn Google Maps into a central hub for the experience behind the wheel. With the driving mode, which provides one-tap access to phone calls, music apps, and navigation, Google Maps can eventually replace Android Auto for phones, thus providing users with a more straightforward experience in the car.

The new driving mode is currently in the preview stage for Android users in the United States, and it’ll be interesting to see if Google eventually brings it to the iPhone too. If this happens, Apple users would finally be provided with a mobile interface serving as an alternative to the fully-featured CarPlay requiring a compatible head unit.
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About the author: Bogdan Popa
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Bogdan keeps an eye on how technology is taking over the car world. His long-term goals are buying an 18-wheeler because he needs more space for his kid’s toys, and convincing Google and Apple that Android Auto and CarPlay deserve at least as much attention as their phones.
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