Sparkling Maps – Google maps on iOS6

[] Trivandrum, India – Sparkling Apps is proud to announce Apple has accepted the update to our Google maps implementation on iOS6, called ‘Sparkling Maps’. It now offers vastly improved turn by turn navigation, better streetview, and it resolves some of the glitches of the initial version.

Apple approved the universal update to ‘Sparkling Maps’, which means we now offer full iPad support to our Google maps implementation on iOS6. We also added a number of additional features such as improved turn by turn navigation, travel modes, more place categories, and made the app more complete by offering auto complete while searching for locations and both portrait and landscape orientation.

We will submit another update today, which will make the interface of the app even more similar to Google maps (plus using a few layout improvements that Apple maps brought along). As always, we won’t know if Apple will approve it, but so far, they seem to have no problem with our approach.

The maps scene on iOS is very interesting at the moment, with Nokia now also about to release a iOS version of ‘Here’. Still, Sparkling Maps is currently the only available option that offers streetview and turn by turn by turn navigation on Google maps data. This offers a solution to many users who depended on Google maps and were highly disappointed with its replacement by Apple maps in iOS6.

We are very excited that Apple seems to have no issues with us delivering Google maps functionality on iOS6, including the turn by turn navigation on Google maps that was earlier only available on Android devices. This is now the first available app on Apple devices that offers streetview and turn by turn navigation on Google maps data. This should be particularly appealing to Apple users in places where Apple maps coverage is currently poor.

The current version works great on all iPhones, iPads and iPod touches.

Device Requirements:
* iOS 4.3 or later
iPhone 3GS/4/4S/5, iPod touch (3rd/4th/5th generation), and iPad
* 1.4 MB

Pricing and Availability:
Sparkling Maps 1.2 is $0.99 USD (or equivalent amount in other currencies) and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Travel category.Sparkling Maps 1.2
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Located in Trivandrum, India, Sparkling Apps is a young enterprise that has jumped on the possibilities in the current market and technologies. The mobile technology and social media offer unique opportunities. Sparkling Apps was founded to develop applications that cater to these opportunities. The founders, Roeland and Martijn van der Spek, have an exceptional technical background and both over 20 years of experience in software development. This affinity for technology and an understanding of customer requirements is combined with a strong experience with outsourcing. The strength of Sparkling Apps lies in offering excellent quality in an economical package. Among others, this is realized through Sparkling Apps’ development centre in India, where permanent Dutch management is present. Copyright (C) 2012 Sparkling Apps. All Rights Reserved. Apple, the Apple logo, iPhone, iPod and iPad are registered trademarks of Apple Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries.

###Martijn van der Spek
Managing Director
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