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It may not have been the shot heard 'round the world, but for tech fans, Wednesday night finally brought the triumphant return of Google Maps to iPhones everywhere, complete with free, voice-guided navigation.
Google Inc. has announced the release of Google Maps for iPhone, nearly three months after Apple banished it from iOS 6 devices in favor of their own solution which has raised the ire of many users.
The good news is that Google Maps works even on iOS 5.1 devices, including the free turn-by-turn navigation which Apple left out for iPhone 3GS and iPhone 4 users running the new Maps app.
For those who've used the built-in iOS Maps app from the beginning, Google Maps may take a few moments to adjust to -- the user interface is more Google than Apple, but all of the features you know and love are here, including Google search, public transit directions, Street View and more.
Of course, if you've been struggling to accept iOS 6 Maps over the last 90 days, we don't have to sell you on this -- Google Maps is a free download from the App Store, so grab it and give it your own test drive today.
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