Sources: The New York Times, The Verge
quote: Google was withholding API access to give Android a competitive advantage.
quote: You mean like how Apple uses iTunes to give iOS devices a competitive advantage over EVERYTHING else? Say it isn't so! How very unfair.
quote: If Apple allowed Google to release a navigation app, I'm sure that Google would do so.
quote: The problem is that Apple wants to use Google's API, strip out all their revenue sources (like advertising) and then take credit for the end result (like they do with Siri.)
quote: Apple did this to their own customers by being a royal jackass to everyone involved. Apple did this. Not Google.
quote: Google is in no way obligated to play nice with Apple, just as Apple has made it clear that they have no intention of playing nice with others.
quote: I'm not blaming Google or saying that this is/was unfair just a simple statement of fact.
quote: iTunes is a music store. The music is DRM free.
quote: Google didn't build the iOS maps application, Apple did. They used the maps API and they built an app with collaboration from Google.
quote: That's a pretty ridiculous statement considering Google hasn't begun truly monetizing mobile maps, Apple has been customizing the maps app for 5 years, and turn by turn navigation has almost no advertising or searching.
quote: Google restricts the API access, not Apple. Apple can't restrict API access to APIs it doesn't own... This is not an argument, it's fact. You can suppose other things about Apple wanting special deals from Google all you like but they aren't ground in fact. The far more likely and widely accepted scenario is that Google purposefully restricted access to these features to give Android a competitive advantage. I'm not blaming Google or saying that this is/was unfair just a simple statement of fact.
quote: Of course they aren't obligated to... but Google has a lot more to lose here than Apple does. The crappy maps application hasn't stopped people from buying the iPhone and it likely won't. Meanwhile Google will start missing out returning location based search results and gathering traffic and driving statistics from a huge number of people. The lost revenue from the results could easily be in the hundreds of millions range over a 3-5 year period. Also, statistics show iOS users use the maps application about 20% more often than Android users do.