If you’re running iOS 6 on your iPhone and still really, really miss Google’s map information in the revamped Maps app, you’ll be happy to know that the search giant is reportedly working on its own app to make available in the App Store. As pointed out by our sister site MacRumors over the weekend, iOS developer Ben Guild posted some screenshots of what is reportedly an alpha build of Google’s upcoming iOS maps app and notes that it’s optimized for the iPhone 5’s larger screen, super fast, and more.
While you’re waiting for Google’s own maps app to hit the App Store, you can check out Excited Pixel’s new Quick Route, which uses Google Places data and provides navigation guidance for driving, walking, biking and public transportation. It still uses the raw map image data from Apple but the business listings themselves come straight from Google, showing more search results than Apple’s own Maps in the quick tests I’ve done so far.
Quick Route looks a little busy with it’s dual-pane layout to show your current location and your destination but it can make keeping track of where you are and where you want to go easier if you’re in an unfamiliar area. Though it doesn’t offer voice guidance, it will automatically track your location and move on to the next step as you make progress along your route. A pull-to-reroute feature lets you get an alternate route on the fly if you make a wrong turn or want to avoid a part of the original route.
Quick Route requires iOS 5.0 or later and is optimized for the iPhone 5’s larger screen. It’s on sale at a special introductory price of $2.99 so snap it up now if you can’t wait for Google’s own official maps app but still want access in a native app to all of Google’s business listings.