When Apple decided to withdraw the Google Maps application from iOS to replace it with its own Maps, much of the public put their hands to their heads. The maps of Cupertino were still very green and most of the queries of places and routes were missing the solera and reliability that Google had been earning with its maps throughout all these years.
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Finally, Google Maps arrived almost as if by magic to the App Store, becoming in a few hours one of the most downloaded applications in the history of the store. Now, months after the release of the iPhone version, the version for iPad and iPad Mini arrives Where does the success of this new version of Google Maps reside?
A design to ?Android"
Separating from Apple has sat very well with the application of Google maps, surely with the new iOS7 things would have been very different, but by that time Apple's mobile operating system oozed skeumorphism through all the pores.
Thanks to this forced separation, Google Maps looks incredibly good on our iPad, with a very minimalistic interface and that reminds us greatly of Android design. However, this is not something negative, but quite the opposite, the new change of air feels very good to the application and makes it much more intuitive and accessible.
The app takes full advantage of the large screen of our iPad and hides the options that are not strictly necessary so that our view is not distracted by secondary things. A design very similar to the new web version of the Mountain View company maps.