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The best iOS apps of 2012

The best iOS apps of 2012

2012 ended with quite a bang, and while the world didn’t end as we expected, we got to see so many awesome iOS apps come to fruition this year. It was a big year for Google, and a lot of independent developers stepped up to make not only good apps, but great apps. We decided to gather up all of the iOS apps that released throughout the past 12 months and provide you with 10 of our favorites. It wasn’t an easy task to narrow it down to just 10, though -- there were a lot of amazing apps that just barely missed the cut, but we think we have a solid list here. So, without further adieu, here are our choices for the best iOS apps of 2012.

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Google begins showing indoor Street View images on search result pages

Google begins showing indoor Street View images on search result pages

Google has been expanding the reach of its Street View imagery all around the country. In some areas, Google started offering actual indoor images of businesses that go along with its Street View imagery allowing searchers to go from of you of the location of the store restaurant inside the doors to see what the place looks like on the inside. Google is now placing some of the inside images right into its search results pages.

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Set Google Maps as the default maps app on iOS with a few tweaks

Set Google Maps as the default maps app on iOS with a few tweaks

We're not surprised if you were ecstatic about Google finally releasing their own Maps solution on iOS last week -- we were certainly excited as well. However, while Google Maps provides an excellent user experience, the app doesn't integrate with the iOS ecosystem as well as Apple Maps does. Luckily, though, there are a few solutions for both jailbreakers and non-jailbreakers alike.

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Google Maps for iOS may not last long, according to analyst

Google Maps for iOS may not last long, according to analyst

If you happened to jump on the Google Maps for iOS bandwagon a couple days ago, only because you thought Apple might take the app down, you're not alone. According to Technology Business Research analyst Ezra Gottheil, the new Google Maps app may not stay in the iTunes App Store forever, mentioning that a rejection into the App Store should've been "out of the question" in the first place.

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Australian police issue warning about Google Maps

Australian police issue warning about Google Maps

Curiously enough, a few days after police in Australia warned that Apple Maps was sending drivers off into a waterless, scorching desert-like national park, another Australian authority, this time in Colac, has issued a warning about Google Maps. The issue at hand seems far less severe, however, and Google has a reasonable explanation for why Maps sends drivers where it does.

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Google Maps vs Apple Maps hands-on to the airport

Google Maps vs Apple Maps hands-on to the airport

When faced with the idea that either Apple's Maps solution or Google's Maps solution might be better at everyday situations here on the first day when both are available for use on the iPhone, we decided to put them up to the test. The test in this case was getting from here (at a hotel in Saint Paul) to the Minneapolis International Airport, deciding as we do so what constitutes a more effective set of controls.

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