Sources: Google+ [Motorola], TechCrunch, InfoWorld, CNN
quote: It seems like people really hate the new Maps in iOS 6. Now, I'm not disputing that Maps does give a lot of strange results to a lot of people all around the world, but for a large, large number of people, iOS 6 Maps has been a huge improvement over Google Maps. I'm talking about those of us who live in China (you know, the place with 1.3+ billion people and the second-largest economy in the world). Google Maps was always pretty terrible here. In the big cities and tourist centers, it was passable. Once you left China's large metropolises, however, you were pretty much on your own. You could usually see expressways, highways, and even a lot of smaller roads, but there were very, very few shops, restaurants, banks, ATMs, etc. listed. That has changed with iOS 6. Apple has chosen AutoNavi to provide map services within China. That was a smart move, because AutoNavi is a local Chinese company that provides very detailed maps of China. Google was never going to be able to map China as well as it has other parts of the globe because the Chinese government doesn't trust the motives of foreign companies—and it especially doesn't trust Google.
quote: Because, Tony, Google is a bit player in China's IT scene and continues to be at loggerheads with the Chinese government.How that little fact flies completely over your head is the cause of much LOL.
quote: The Chinese government doesn't like Google for its refusal to play by its rules while within China. Doesn't matter either way. Google? Less than 10% of the market dominated by Baidu.