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Google Maps hits 10 million downloads for iOS in just two days

Myriam Robin /

Google has claimed more than 10 million users have downloaded its Google Maps service in the first two days since its re-release for iOS.

Google’s senior vice president of commerce and local, Jeff Huber, revealed the sales figure earlier today in a post on Google Plus.

“We’re excited for the positive reception of Google Maps for iPhone around the world. 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 seven-plus years,” Huber says.

Apple’s decision to abandon Google Maps in favour of its own mapping service with the release of the iPhone 5 and iOS6 has been widely criticised, by industry figures and consumers alike, due to the poor quality of Apple’s maps.

In early October, Apple issued a formal apology to consumers for its maps, with the then-head of iOS software, Scott Forstall, later resigning.

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Myriam Robin

Myriam Robin is a reporter for SmartCompany and its sister site LeadingCompany. She has degrees in economics, international studies and journalism. She likes writing about businesses taking risks and doing new things.

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