It’s been 5 days now since Google released its highly-anticipated Maps app for iOS, and it’s still the #1 free download in the App Store. With its vector graphics and exclusive features like Street View, the app is obviously a hit.

But just how big of a hit are we talking? Well Google SVP of Commerce Jeff Huber gives us some insight on that via a post to his Google+ page. He says the Maps app saw more than 10 million downloads in the first 48 hours…

From Huber’s Google+ post (via 9to5Mac):

More than 10 million downloads in less than 48 hours after release!

We’re excited for the positive reception of Google Maps for iPhone around the world. Congratulations to the Maps Team on the recognition for the passion and hard work they poured into it, for this release and over the last 7+ years.”

There’s no doubt that millions of consumers were waiting for the Google Maps release, as Apple’s software, which replaced Google back in September, has been plagued with inaccurate location data and other bugs since its debut.

Now, for some context, here are some other app launch stats: OS X Mountain Lion, Apple’s latest Mac OS, was downloaded 3 million times during its first 4 days. And the jailbreak utility Absinthe saw about 1 million in its first day.

In addition to the aforementioned vector graphics and Street View option, Google Maps has a number of other features including voice-guided navigation and transit instructions, which works with both Apple Maps and Siri.

  • Why did you compare 2 other unrelated downloads. OS X is 29.99 and it’s an OS for one thing . Plus millions of people have iOS devices but do not own a Mac. You might as well include Win 8 downloads LMFAO And absinthe? The percentage of ios devices that are jailbroken is very minute. Are there even 10 million JB devices out in the wild?

    Why not compare it to other free map apps in the app store?

    • The whole point of including it was so people understand the magnitude of 10 million, at least that is what I would take from this.

    • Melvco

      Unfortunately, download numbers for those apps are not readily available. I used the info I had to try and help provide context around the 10 million number. I didn’t say it was good context. ;op

      • I apologize if I sounded very critical. It was a good article, I just didn’t understand the relevance of your comparisons. Thanks for clearing that up.

  • when will be available for the rest of the world to download??? (outside USA)

    • Antsa

      I live in Finland and I was able to download it at the same moment when it was released in the US. And the app’s language was finnish. Where are you from?

      • It been available in the UK since day one as well.

  • There are still plenty of location errors in Google Maps.

    • yup

    • Tr1pTr0p

      Apple’s maps may work well for all you fapboys, but people don’t like them and prefer Google. Deal with it.

  • seyss

    I’ve downloaded it.. ran once to check it out then kept using iOS maps.. these numbers are deceiving. The first thing you think is “oh my 10 million people dumped iOS maps are using Google’s”

  • Greyhound Mom

    I don’t understand the hype. I still prefer iOS maps. Google maps is way to basic with no ability to change settings etc

  • Guest

    Owo, whatever, maybe it functions better, but user interface of apple map is just way better, after 1 year, who needs google map, apple will catch up and do better…..

  • Owo, whatever, maybe it functions better, but user interface of apple map is just way better, after 1 year, who needs google map, apple will catch up and do better…..

    • How is apple going to catch up to google maps it took them 8+ year to make maps to get it almost prefect.

      • Lordthree

        Almost perfect?!?! ROFL

      • Tr1pTr0p

        Far and far, magnitudes and magnitudes better*

  • I downloaded it the first day but and tried to use it in car but it took me the wrong – longer way. Apple’s map app is much better and nicer and I’m definitely not switching back to google because there is poor cover of Macedonia.

  • ridonkulous

    Two words: Street View