Please Google, can we have Google Maps API for iPhone?
I have recently been experimenting with writing travel related web apps for the iphone. Its all great. Some of the HTML5 stuff in the new version of iPhone Safari is great (local databases etc..). However, one thing has been bothering me. I cant use Google Maps as I would like to. Ok, I can include links to the google maps site that open in the native google maps application, but this is not optimal because:
- It takes the user out of my web application
- Does not allow me to integrate the maps with my application. I.e. add many markers. Do something when a marker is clicked.
So, I went about knocking up a very basic test version (try it on your iphone, tinyurl: http://tinyurl.com/3g5tg4). Is buggy, basic and sub-optimal, but proves it could work nicely. Try zooming with the double finger pinch action!
I also tried the new webkit CSS transforms to allow free zooming and rotation, however they are buggy and slow on the iphone! Oh well! Anyway, maybe we can have google maps lite on the iphone?