According to a Wall Street Journal source, several key figures outside of Google have received the test version of Google Maps on their iPhones.
The finishing touches are now being added to the dedicated application, which will mean iPhone users won't have to rely on the mobile browser version, with the app providing a more featured-packed experience – apparently similar to the one you get on Android.
This leaves the door wide open for Google to come in and leave its mark on iPhones (in a similar way to Nokia Here), and if it manages to get the native app on the App Store before Apple addresses its issues, it could well be game, set and match for the search giant.
There's no word on when the final version will be available in the App Store, and Google is apparently yet to submit the app to Apple for its strict approval process.
From Wall Street Journal
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