Google Maps for iPhone downloaded by 10m
Google Maps became the top free app in the Apple App Store just a few hours after it was released. Now, we know just how popular the app has really been.
Jeff Huber, the SVP of geo and commerce at Google, revealed in a Google+ post that the company's new maps app for iOS was downloaded more than 10 million times in less than 48 hours after it was released.
"We're excited for the positive reception of Google Maps for iPhone around the world," Huber wrote in the post. "Congratulations to the Maps Team on the recognition for the passion and hard work they poured into it, for this release and over the last 7+ years."
Early reviews of the new Google Maps app have been incredibly positive, with Mashable's own Samantha Murphy writing that it puts Apple's maps app to shame.
Google chairman Eric Schmidt said in an October interview that Apple "should have kept" Google Maps on the iPhone because "they're better maps". He also made a joke in an interview with Stephen Colbert just before Apple Maps were again available to iOS 6 users. He said: "Google Maps are phenomenal. Ask an Apple user."