resurrection of Google Maps for iOS

has been a complete and utter success. If there was any question this was going to be a viable alternative to Apple Maps, those doubts have been obliterated—cold hard numbers don't lie. In just 48 hours after release, the search giant said Google Maps was downloaded more than 10 million times. So much for Apple's service.

The gigantic figure was amassed in just two short days, which says a lot about consumer interest in Google's excellent service. We gave the app a thorough walkthrough and loved its elegance, detail, and ease of use. Like we said, Google Maps is what Apple users deserved all along. The way it came about was less than ideal, but it's here and it's great.

With Google Maps being such a runaway success, it'll be interesting to see how Apple responds. The company can improve its service all it wants, but the spotlight is clearly on Google at the moment. When iOS 7 is introduced, Apple will need to come up with a feature, integration, or something, that makes its own mapping platform a must-use. If not, then Google Maps will continue to rise up, and probably leave Apple Maps lost in the Australian wilderness.