Google to Bring Maps to iPhone/iPad in a "Couple" of Months
September 26, 2012 1:56 PM
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iOS 6 users can finally have a maps app that works
For the iOS 6 users that
hate Apple's new home-grown mapping feature
, don't fret --
Google is on the way with a Google Maps iPhone/iPad app. However, we won't see it for a couple of months.
It has been confirmed by anonymous sources close to Google that the tech giant is working on iPhone/iPad Google Maps apps. This is likely a relief for many iOS users, who are anything but fond of Apple's latest maps app.
Last week, Apple released its latest mobile operating system
days ahead of its iPhone 5 launch. Since iOS 6's release, a chief complaint has been that the maps app is completely off as far as
geography and navigation
Prior to iOS 6, Google Maps was the main maps apps on iPhones and iPads since the beginning of their respective times. But earlier this year, Apple announced that it was going to make its own maps app for iOS devices and pushed Google out of the loop. One main reason for this is because Google's Android operating system has been fiercely competing with iOS, and in the realm of smartphones, Google is winning.
But Google never saw this coming. In fact, it found out about Apple's plans to make its own maps service the same time Apple announced it to the rest of the world. But Google stepped back, and the company's executive chairman
Eric Schmidt even said that Google wasn't begging
for Apple's business (although it was open to any new opportunities).
But now, it looks like Google will make Maps apps for the iPhone/iPad afterall. However, the only downfall is that it'll take a couple of months to do so. Why? For two reasons: the now-complicated relationship with Apple, and Google just needs time to build the app.
When Apple decided to ditch Google for its own maps app, it broke the contract the two had early (one year early according to
). So now, Google and Apple must figure out how Google Maps is going to weave its way into the whole situation.
As far as building the app goes, Google wants to make sure Google Maps is comparable to Apple's maps (which shouldn't be hard in terms of accuracy). For instance, Apple's maps has a 3D feature, and Google wants to have the same for Google Maps.
The New York Times
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A new frontier
9/26/2012 2:31:53 PM
I wonder how many map and navigation related patents Google owns. I also wonder how many of those patents Apple is currently infringing on... This could be a whole new front in the legal war that Apple started.
...and I'm not sure Apple can win this one.
RE: A new frontier
9/26/2012 3:50:21 PM
when has anything prevented Apple from going and patenting the same thing again?
"Paying an extra $500 for a computer in this environment -- same piece of hardware -- paying $500 more to get a logo on it? I think that's a more challenging proposition for the average person than it used to be." -- Steve Ballmer
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