Apple Maps can't be more popular than Google Maps... can it?
When Apple launched their map service last year, everyone fell about laughing. It was a woeful, undernourished thing and just about everything went wrong with it. However, since then, Apple Maps has been sorted out and now, remarkably, it is being reported that the service is more popular than Google Maps.
At one point, Google Maps had 81 million mobile users but according to stats, 23 million of those have jumped ship to Apple's mapping service.
This is all according to Comscore. In America, around 35 million iPhone owners used Apple Maps in September 2013, while only 6 million chose Google Maps in the same period. It seems a fair chunk of the Google Maps users were only doing that because they couldn't upgrade to iOS 6.
"For the average user, even if they have the Google Maps app, they don’t use it a lot,” said Andrew Lipsman, analyst, ComScore.
Comscore also reckon that there are 9.7 million daily Apple Maps mobile users compared to the 7.2 million Google Maps users on Android.
"We’re not currently sharing details on the number of downloads," said Google in a statement. "While we can’t disclose specific performance metrics, we’re pleased with the product and user feedback has been positive."