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Google Maps has not been submitted to iOS: “We think it would have been better if they had kept ours”

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Google Maps has not been submitted to iOS: “We think it would have been better if they had kept ours”
Google chairman Eric Schmidt has just cleared all confusion about Google Maps arriving on iOS - the maps application has not been submitted for approval to the App Store yet.

"We think it would have been better if they had kept ours. But what do I know?" Schmidt said in front of reporters in Tokyo. "What were we going to do, force them not to change their mind? It's their call."

Apple replaced Google Maps with its own Maps application in iOS 6 and the app has been widely criticized for lacking detail and points of interest in the States, to being a downright disaster in countries outside the United States where it sometimes provides wrong navigation instructions and can’t find important landmarks and areas.

Many have suggested that Google has already submitted its Google Maps app for approval on the App Store, hoping that this would solve iOS 6’s maps problem.
"We have not done anything yet," Schmidt said. "I'm not doing any predictions. We want them to be our partner. We welcome that. I'm not going to speculate at all what they're going to do. They can answer that question as they see fit," he added.


The Google chairman didn’t hesitate to joke around about Apple and point out that Android is now enjoying great success across the globe.
"Apple is the exception, and the Android system is the common model, which is why our market share is so much higher," Schmidt stressed mentioning that Android’s success was widely ignored by the press, which in his words is "obsessed with Apple's marketing events and Apple's branding."


Update: Now, Bloomberg chimes in Schmidt's take on Google Maps for iOS differently. According to the publication, Schmidt has said that Apple would "have to approve it. It's their choice." This statement would leave some doubt whether Google Maps has actually been submitted for approval or not. In either case, users would still have to wait, though.

Lastly, at the unveiling of Google’s affordable Nexus 7 tablet for Japan Schmidt showed how users can change the viewpoint in maps by just shifting the device.

"That's great for Apple but the numbers are on our side," Schmidt said.
"Take that Apple," he remarked, and then quickly added, "That was a joke by the way."

source: Reuters

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posted on 25 Sep 2012, 03:52 78

1. Berzerk000 (Posts: 4275; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)


Wow, Apple really failed this time... Like, REALLY. Not even trolling, they just did a legitimately horrible job.

posted on 25 Sep 2012, 05:44 13

24. TheLibertine (Posts: 484; Member since: 15 Jan 2012)


Yeah, they did. Sacrificed our user experience to strike Googles profits - but much more they own image.

Well, Apple Maps is even usable here and there but where is the point in competing with Google in MAPS. Its as if Microsoft would start to produce hardware... Oh wait...

posted on 25 Sep 2012, 08:37 10

35. ZEUS.the.thunder.god (unregistered)


"Apple is the exception, and the Android system is the common model, which is why our market share is so much higher," Schmidt stressed mentioning that Android’s success was widely ignored by the press, which in his words is "obsessed with Apple's marketing events and Apple's branding."

well said sir.

posted on 25 Sep 2012, 12:06 5

52. PAPINYC (banned) (Posts: 2315; Member since: 30 Jul 2011)


And the GOOGLE GODS have spoken:

Ha-Ha-Ha-Ha-Ha-Ha-Ha-Ha-Ha-Ha Ha-Ha-Ha-Ha-Ha-Ha-Ha-Ha-Ha-Ha Ha-Ha-Ha-Ha-Ha-Ha-Ha-Ha-Ha-Ha Ha-Ha-Ha-Ha-Ha-Ha-Ha-Ha-Ha-Ha Ha-Ha-Ha-Ha-Ha-Ha-Ha-Ha-Ha-Ha.......

So much for their precious OS aka iLOSt.

posted on 25 Sep 2012, 06:02 2

25. BillyG (Posts: 305; Member since: 24 Sep 2012)


give it time, back then when apple first starting with iOS and few apps in itunes, nokia,motorola, rim, palm etc laughed at them. but few years later, apple is the one that laughing...

posted on 25 Sep 2012, 07:11 9

28. lyndon420 (Posts: 4564; Member since: 11 Jul 2012)


Now everyone is laughing at apple. Go figure...its like apple took 7 steps(years) backwards.

posted on 25 Sep 2012, 08:02 10

32. remixfa (Posts: 14255; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


if you havent noticed, the world has moved past apple. The only peeps that havent noticed are its super loyal ifans and people that still think its a fashion statement of some sort.

Instead of being in such a rush to pull google apps from the device, they should have waited till i0S7 to launch a complete maps product and then get rid of google maps.
Then again, there would be absolutely nothing for iOS6 but bug fixes... yaay. Of course, at this moment, that probably sounds like a good thing compared to Apple maps. lol

posted on 25 Sep 2012, 10:04 1

42. BillyG (Posts: 305; Member since: 24 Sep 2012)


i agree with you on that, if steve were there, i'm sure he'll give the option of googlemaps alongside applemaps until it fully developed. but i really wish apple could use nokiamaps instead of Gmaps as an app, somehow i prefer nokiamaps rather than Gmaps since i use them mostly (well always...) to find an exact address with exact house number.

posted on 25 Sep 2012, 12:22 1

55. E.N. (Posts: 2610; Member since: 25 Jan 2009)


I don't think the world has moved past Apple.

posted on 25 Sep 2012, 09:54

41. BillyG (Posts: 305; Member since: 24 Sep 2012)


it isn't the first time for them being laughed at, as i mentioned before, others will laugh but then the table will turn...

posted on 25 Sep 2012, 11:12 5

47. AppleHateBoy (unregistered)


Do you think Google will kick back and relax? They will try to make GMaps even better.
FYI Google was one year late in the Mobile Phone Arena as compared to Apple. And yet Google Android is far more popular than iOS. Why?

posted on 25 Sep 2012, 11:55

50. Mr.Mr.Upgrade (Posts: 474; Member since: 30 Aug 2011)


We've been hearing a lot of stories around the Web about how the Apple Maps app in iOS 6 is proving to be a poor replacement for the former Google-powered Maps app in iOS 5. Some of the stories say the Apple app doesn't show certain roads that are obviously there in real life, while others say they've followed directions to a destination and found that they didn't end up where they wanted to go.

For the first post in the series, CNET editors Jason Parker and Jaymar Cabebe took the turn-by-turn navigation through its paces by testing with an iPhone 4S on iOS 6 running the Apple Maps app, and a Samsung Galaxy Note running the recently updated Google Maps for comparison.

This test took place this morning in San Francisco, which has some testing implications to take into account. First, there are multiple routes through the gridlike and steep SF streets; second, there are plenty of one-ways to really put the rerouting features through the wringer; and third, it is close to both Apple and Google (so it's probably covered better than most locations) and also it's one of the most Internet connected places in the United States.

The journey begins
For our first test we went to a general area rather than an address. The theory was that we already know Google can find general locations like Golden Gate Park or Fisherman's Wharf, but we really wanted to know how Apple Maps would perform.

Our target? Crissy Field, which sits right on the bay with a perfect view of the Golden Gate Bridge. To get there we would have to cross San Francisco's main drag, Market Street, navigate the busy streets of downtown, then wind through the Marina neighborhood to our destination.

When we first entered our destination, we noticed that the two apps chose different primary routes, both of which were valid and probably wouldn't change the distance to our destination by very much. So, while the routing algorithms immediately disagreed, we didn't see either one as being better than the other.

Once on the road, both services worked comparably well, save for a few exceptions. Apple failed to deliver a couple of voice instructions on time, which was disturbing, but its routing remained intact. Then, at one point we left part of the route that both apps shared and the apps handled the deviation completely differently. Apple wanted us to go around the block to return to the original route, while the Google app quickly rerouted us in the direction we were going. In this instance, Google was slightly better in reaction time, but Apple eventually caught up after about a block. The rest of the way, the two apps were more or less on par.

When we finally arrived at Crissy Field we found that Google routed us directly into the first parking lot, while Apple sent us past the parking lot to another location further along the road (with no parking lot). Neither option was better per se, but the difference in destination is worth noting.

Back to the office
Our second test of the turn-by-tu

posted on 25 Sep 2012, 12:01

51. Mr.Mr.Upgrade (Posts: 474; Member since: 30 Aug 2011)


rn. By cnet

posted on 25 Sep 2012, 12:20

54. Hammerfest (Posts: 383; Member since: 12 May 2012)


no kidding, and this makes it even funnier:

"We think"

EDIT: my post got nuked... was more here :/

posted on 25 Sep 2012, 03:55 28

2. eisenbricher (Posts: 973; Member since: 09 Aug 2012)


lol!! This man is a beast!!! Apple seriously need some 'treatment' like this.

posted on 25 Sep 2012, 04:49 11

16. neutralguy (Posts: 1152; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)


Google just gave apple what it asked for. An ecosystem that's google maps-free, then so be it. :D

posted on 25 Sep 2012, 06:55 7

27. whysoserious (Posts: 318; Member since: 20 Jul 2012)


Not a beast, actually, because this is how I see it:

Jobs: "I'm going to destroy Android, because it's a stolen product. I'm willing to go thermonuclear war on this."

Schmidt: "We want them to be our partner."

Good guy Schmidt.

posted on 25 Sep 2012, 09:52

40. ChiX017 (Posts: 308; Member since: 09 Nov 2011)


I luv your picture

posted on 25 Sep 2012, 03:55 44

3. sbr999 (Posts: 79; Member since: 05 Jun 2012)


Android’s success was widely ignored by the press, I can't agree more

posted on 25 Sep 2012, 04:47 7

14. bloodline (Posts: 706; Member since: 01 Dec 2011)


exactly

posted on 25 Sep 2012, 03:57 12

4. Savage (unregistered)


Exactly! Apple's grown a lot over-confident over the last few years.

posted on 25 Sep 2012, 04:02 19

5. ogy_dogy (Posts: 453; Member since: 29 Jun 2012)


the press is "obsessed with Apple's marketing events and Apple's branding."
Couldnt have said it better myself, shame tho...

posted on 25 Sep 2012, 04:10 28

6. MeoCao (unregistered)


"..Take that Apple",

this is not a joke at all Mr. Schmidt.

posted on 25 Sep 2012, 04:49 6

17. crankyd00d (Posts: 191; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)


That was the classiest flip of the finger I've seen in a while haha.
Mr. Schmidt, you should start wearing the S emblem Superman uses, well done

posted on 25 Sep 2012, 04:19 20

7. 12Danny123 (Posts: 87; Member since: 18 Aug 2012)


Still don't get Why I updated my Ipad to IOS 6. it feel downgraded to me. Apple failed me. I'll just get an Android phone and a Nokia Lumia 920 for my mapping overseas

posted on 25 Sep 2012, 04:20 8

8. noim1 (Posts: 297; Member since: 15 May 2012)


Serves apple right..i wish Google does not give them GMaps... Apple thinks that they are the best and they can do anything... Well this should wake them up from their delusions... Way to go Google...

posted on 25 Sep 2012, 04:23 11

9. AliNSiddiqui (Posts: 382; Member since: 19 Sep 2012)


What would be better is if Google charges 9.99 US Dollars for Google Maps... That would be hilarious!! :)

posted on 25 Sep 2012, 04:29 8

10. noim1 (Posts: 297; Member since: 15 May 2012)


Hmmm.. That would b great.. That would bring in more money for android development. Considering that ios has a huge amount of users who will practically buy anything...as we have already seen them buy the iPhone 5 with scratches, colour peeling off, dents & leakage...

posted on 25 Sep 2012, 04:33 25

11. ilia1986 (unregistered)


As someone who just sold his iphone 4 and bought a Galaxy s3 - I say only one thing: Muhahahahaha!! :D

posted on 25 Sep 2012, 04:39 1

12. thelegend6657 (unregistered)


It's okay , we iOS users get it . It's apple that's at fault first
It will just use waze , Malaysian map and bing maps on safari

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