I am not the first one to notice something significant. Google launched their Maps app with navigation and other cool features for Apple iOS devices.
The app has been a hit as it become the most popular free app on the Apple App Store.
People love the user interface which is incidentally much better than what they offer on their own Android platform.
Google Maps for iOS came just days after the launch of the much improved Gmail app which also generated very positive reviews.
Both of these apps have managed to prove something that should worry Apple. Google is now making apps that look and feel better than Apple’s own apps on their own iOS platform.
In fact, Google tends to make better apps for iOS platform compared to their own Android platform!
Apple has always been known as the company that gets software right. They have proven it time and again with their OS X and iOS updates. But things are going downwards for the last couple of months. Failure of Apple Maps can be attributed to the weak mapping database of Apple. But success of apps that replace Apple’s own apps on iOS should worry them immensely.
The company previously avoided such situations by blocking apps that replaced Apple’s own apps on the iOS devices. They have been quite liberal in the recent times and it has become a solid case of embarrassment for them. Startups like Sparrow (acquired by Google) and Mailbox are coming up with exceptional apps that are getting rave reviews from iPhone users around the world.
If Apple cannot wow their fans with their own apps, I wonder how long they can compete just on the basis of hardware alone!