Google reportedly distributing test versions of their Maps app for iOS

The Wall Street Journal reports that, despite Google’s concerns as to whether Apple will allow it, Google are currently in the process of developing their own Maps app for iOS devices. This comes after Google Maps was given the boot by Apple when iOS 6 was launched, and when Apple’s own plagued maps service became its successor.

The Wall Street Journal reports that:

Google has distributed a test version of its new mapping app that will work on Apple’s iPhones and iPads to some individuals outside the company, said a person with direct knowledge of the matter. Google has been putting the finishing touches on the app before submitting it for approval to the Apple iTunes store, this person said, though it is unclear exactly when that will happen.

In addition, it is also expected to include features that Google originally didn’t allow, such as turn-by-turn navigation and location-based ads.

While no specific release date has been speculated, it is expected that this new app, if Apple approve it, should be out before the end of the year.

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