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  (Source: businessinsider.com)
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 iOS 6 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 The Verge). 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. 

Sources: The New York Times, The Verge



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RE: It won't reach feature parity with Android maps
By tayb on 9/26/2012 7:55:15 PM , Rating: 2
I never mentioned anything about fair or unfair... you brought that up. I'll play along anyway.

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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.


iTunes is a music store. The music is DRM free. Android doesn't need a "sync"... you have direct access to the folder structure. How is that an advantage for Apple, much less an unfair one?

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If Apple allowed Google to release a navigation app, I'm sure that Google would do so.


Google didn't build the iOS maps application, Apple did. They used the maps API and they built an app with collaboration from Google.

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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.)


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.

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Apple did this to their own customers by being a royal jackass to everyone involved. Apple did this. Not Google.


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.

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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.


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.


By Cheesew1z69 on 9/26/2012 8:04:32 PM , Rating: 1
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I'm not blaming Google or saying that this is/was unfair just a simple statement of fact.
It's not fact, you have ZERO idea what happened. That's the fact.


By ritualm on 9/27/2012 12:54:08 PM , Rating: 2
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iTunes is a music store. The music is DRM free.

You, sir, are completely wrong on this point. The DRM still exists.
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Google didn't build the iOS maps application, Apple did. They used the maps API and they built an app with collaboration from Google.

More like taking credit for whatever Google does on the maps front. I may not necessarily trust Google to do no evil, but I don't have any trust in Apple doing things in the best interests of its user base ever.
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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.

Your rebuttal is more ridiculous than what was posted. Apple wants to use Google Maps without paying for it or giving proper credit where it truly belongs.
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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.

Apple has restricted API access only to the ones iOS uses. Developers are not allowed to build and use their own APIs, they must use Apple's. There are many add-on apps that have to use the Maps API. Pre-6 they depended on Google's. Apple changed that without warning in 6 and the developers of those apps are scrambling for workarounds.

Why wouldn't Google restrict Apple access to its own APIs if Cupertino does the same thing to Mountain View? Apple has already shown it's willing to play extremely dirty to get what it wants.
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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.

Really funny.

People keep buying iPhones because they are already locked into Apple's iTunes ecosystem, they don't have a choice unless they're willing to shed thousands of dollars worth of purchases overnight. Not because the Maps app was full of crap. Google stands to lose? ROFL, those users will go back to Google because its web-based Maps app remains far superior than Apple's native app.

You're a blithering fool with less intelligence than a cocaine-poisoned lab rat.


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