Want to get google maps on iOS6? Check out 'Sparkling Maps'

10-12-2012, 03:48 AM
#1
Want to get google maps on iOS6? Check out 'Sparkling Maps'

Looking for a complete map app? Disappointed with the Apple maps offering? Sparkling Maps uses industry standard mapping data (google maps) to show any location across the world.

Among its features are:

- Show your current location
- Find any location by typing a name. Sparkling Maps uses an intelligent lookup mechanism to find the most probable place
- Option to display the map in satellite or hybrid mode
- Show the route between any two locations. Display a textual description of the route as well as show it on the map
- Show any local places of relevance: restaurants, atms, hospitals, post offices, gas stations, supermarkets, train stations, etc.
- Street view! Press down on a street location to enter street view mode and do a virtual walkaround of many locations around the world

And this is just the start. We have already improved the streetview functionality and are currently implementing turn by turn navigation.

Sparkling Maps works anywhere in the world and offers a high level of detail in most places.

We have submitted the first version of Sparkling Maps to the app store last week and are now waiting for Apple to approve it. It should be available this weekend for an introduction price of $0.99.

When approved, it will be available here: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/sparkling-maps/id566285550?ls=1&mt=8

For more information, keep an eye on our website: Sparkling Maps


Sparkling Apps - Mobile and Social Application Development
10-14-2012, 10:01 PM
#2
Apple has taken version 1.0 in review. Fingers crossed!

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10-15-2012, 05:02 AM
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I really need a google map app for iPad that also does street view at least somewhat as smooth as the old one. Are you guys planning on making one for the iPad too if this doesn't get any trouble from Apple?

Edit: either way I'm all over this if the street view is smoother then other available offerings!

Edit: looking at your post history, I'm not all over this. NEXT!

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Last edited by chris1a; 10-17-2012 at 02:06 PM.
10-22-2012, 12:06 AM
#4
The app is still under review. We expect it to be in the store within a day or two now. We are disappointed about the long process, since the demand for google maps is high now, and we would like to get it out!

Streetview is working very smooth. We have added a feature that lets it look up the nearest available streetview when nothing is available at the selected location. Useful in more remote places.

Meanwhile, we are busy improving the turn by turn navigation further. This will be launched straight away as update as soon as Apple approves the 1.0 version.

Sparkling Apps - Mobile and Social Application Development
10-27-2012, 12:06 AM
#5
After a longer review process than expected, Apple approved ‘Sparkling Maps’ three hours ago. It is now available in the app store.

In the published version we have also added turn by turn navigation. A clear voice will speak out the driving instructions to reach your destination.

We are glad that Apple has now accepted the app and we are committed into further developing Sparkling Maps to create the premier mapping alternative for iOS. Exciting times ahead for us!


Sparkling Apps - Mobile and Social Application Development
10-27-2012, 10:04 PM
#6
See a video here:


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Sparkling Apps - Mobile and Social Application Development
10-29-2012, 09:10 PM
#7
Now top ranking in 22 countries, within three days! Thank you all for your support! We are working hard on updates to establish our position as the premier maps alternative on iOS6!

Sparkling Apps - Mobile and Social Application Development
11-01-2012, 01:37 AM
#8
Hi,

Sparkling Maps are just as awesome as Google Maps, I am using it on my daily basis. I left using stupid iOS 6.0 Maps.

My Review :

UI :- Great and Simple.
Use :- The great thing is i can find nearest ATM, Resto, Hospitals, Post, Gas station, Airport and Super market near me.

You can give this a try at-least. Its not a bad deal for 0.99$
11-03-2012, 05:15 AM
#9
Thanks! We have submitted a new update to Apple, but they initially rejected it because the icon name was 'maps', and they don't like this confusion / comparison with Apple maps.

But we renamed it and are waiting for Apple to review it again. It has been enhanced further, in particular the turn by turn guidance is working well on iPhone 5 as well. That update should be available soon!

Sparkling Apps - Mobile and Social Application Development
11-03-2012, 11:49 AM
#10
Quote:
Originally Posted by Macvanderspek View Post
Thanks! We have submitted a new update to Apple, but they initially rejected it because the icon name was 'maps', and they don't like this confusion / comparison with Apple maps.

But we renamed it and are waiting for Apple to review it again. It has been enhanced further, in particular the turn by turn guidance is working well on iPhone 5 as well. That update should be available soon!
Glad to hear that. Please change the Icon as well..