By Daniel Hunter

The new Google Maps application has shot to the top of the iTunes chart less than 24 hours after being released.

Following its launch the app was on top of the free downloads chart within hours, with an average rating of 4.5 stars and over 3,000 reviews.

"It’s designed from the ground up to combine the comprehensiveness and accuracy of Google Maps with an interface that makes finding what you’re looking for faster and easier," a Google spokesman said of its maps app yesterday (Thursday).

"The app shows more map on screen and turns mobile mapping into one intuitive experience. It’s a sharper looking, vector-based map that loads quickly and provides smooth tilting and rotating of 2D and 3D views."

The new app includes turn-by-turn navigation, like its Android counterpart, as well as directions for public transport, integrated Street View, and a Google Earth view.

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