When the new iOS comes out, it will have a few changes that many owners will be sorry to see. One of them is the replacement of Google Maps with Yelp. Apple has decided to replace Google Maps as the default mapping option with an in house product, Yelp.
We’re unhappy to see Google go too, especially since it has been our friend throughout the location searching, for restaurants, movie theaters, parks and home addressed. The friendly Google sign, and the interface, we are so used to will be gone forever from our new iOS devices, and for some of us this is enough to change to an Android.
However, dry your tears, Google has announced that it will release a stand-alone application which should be available through the iTunes Store (unless Apple decides not to host it). And apart from this, if you use iOS Beta, you can use Google Maps through Mobile Safari and simply add a bookmark to allow it to work. Here’s how to do it:
- Go to Mobile Safari on your iPhone or iPad.
- Visit maps.google.com
- Allow the application to track the current location
- Use the Safari toolbar and click on ‘Add to Home Screen.’ This is when the bookmark is created and just like a normal app, it will be available to you at one click on your main screen.
- Rename it – we suggest, ‘Google Maps can never be replaced!’ You might want to use something less sentimental perhaps!
- Open the page
- Use it like before!
This may not be the perfect Google Maps app, agreed. But if you are a die-hard Google fan, and also have a lot of your information going through Google for easier access, this is a convenient solution you might be able to live with. Even if you welcome Yelp, it might be a good idea to check this out, at least to compare.
Lots of people have reservations against Yelp, because Yelp has been considered as running an extortion racket. When people sign in for reviews, Yelp refuses to remove bad reviews unless it is paid by the owner to do so. Obviously this can be used not to help businesses but to harm them. There is also the question of missing transit directions. Google Maps has these, which help to check out roads, but does Yelp? Compare the two, and let us know!