A few hours ago the Google search giant has released the download link for its long-awaited Google Maps for iPhone app, and now, Big G has made available of its SDK for its native iOS Maps, so that developers can bypass Apple’s. Using Google’s mapping solution within their own apps on Apple’s iOS platform.
Bypassing will give developers of applications that can use maps in either way on iOS devices as well as on Apple’s own mapping software, and in which they can choose them to use Google Maps instead.
In order to go along with its brand-new, built-from-scratch iOS Maps app, Google makes a new Software Developer Kit (SDK) that will allow dev’s to utilize its service within their own apps. The key is that the SDK allows access to a new URL scheme that lets you call up the application from anywhere you would like within your own.
Similarly like you got a contact management app. If you surface a person’s address, you could choose to launch Google Maps by default, rather than Apple’s iOS 6 offerings. And this newly launched Google Maps now supports iPhone 5 and iOS 6 with all new turn-by-turn navigation and transit & street view. Here’s what the Senior Product Manager on Google Maps, Andrew Fost, wrote about it on the Google Geo Developers blog:
“The SDK features vector-based maps that load quickly, allowing users to easily navigate 2D and 3D views, rotating and tilting the map with simple gestures inside your app. Developers can also change the Google maps view to include information such as traffic conditions, and control camera positions in 3D. Access to API keys is being progressively rolled out to developers who register interest.”
Obviously hoping that developers will choose to use their SDK to included Google Maps in their applications on iOS rather an Apple Maps. Google on its own way along with calling up the app, it can be fully woven in, so if you have developed an app like Foursquare, you could choose to use all of Google’s real-time data, information and graphics.
Important to note that – tapping a route within any type of app can fire off Google Maps, like shown below.
The SDK documentation along with URL scheme instructions, are ready-made available on Google’s Developer site right now. If any developer to experience it must have to register for API access, which means that there’s no telling how long it will take to see our first apps with Google Maps to cook. May be in the New Year?