Google Maps has not been submitted to iOS: “We think it would have been better if they had kept ours”
"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."
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.
The Google chairman didn’t hesitate to joke around about Apple and point out that Android is now enjoying great success across the globe.
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.
1. Berzerk000 (Posts: 3656; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)
Wow, Apple really failed this time... Like, REALLY. Not even trolling, they just did a legitimately horrible job.
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...
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.
52. PAPINYC (Posts: 2044; Member since: 30 Jul 2011)
And the GOOGLE GODS have spoken:
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So much for their precious OS aka iLOSt.
25. BillyG (Posts: 304; 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...
28. lyndon420 (Posts: 1641; Member since: 11 Jul 2012)
Now everyone is laughing at apple. Go figure...its like apple took 7 steps(years) backwards.
32. remixfa (Posts: 13902; 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
42. BillyG (Posts: 304; 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.
55. E.N. (Posts: 2218; Member since: 25 Jan 2009)
I don't think the world has moved past Apple.
41. BillyG (Posts: 304; 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...
47. AppleHateBoy (Posts: 453; Member since: 29 Feb 2012)
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?
50. Mr.Mr.Upgrade (Posts: 425; 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
54. Hammerfest (Posts: 348; Member since: 12 May 2012)
no kidding, and this makes it even funnier:
EDIT: my post got nuked... was more here :/
2. eisenbricher (Posts: 964; Member since: 09 Aug 2012)
lol!! This man is a beast!!! Apple seriously need some 'treatment' like this.
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
27. whysoserious (Posts: 313; 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.
3. sbr999 (Posts: 79; Member since: 05 Jun 2012)
Android’s success was widely ignored by the press, I can't agree more
4. Savage (Posts: 431; Member since: 28 Jul 2012)
Exactly! Apple's grown a lot over-confident over the last few years.
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...
6. MeoCao (unregistered)
"..Take that Apple",
this is not a joke at all Mr. Schmidt.
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
7. 12Danny123 (Posts: 41; 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
8. noim1 (Posts: 286; 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...
9. AliNSiddiqui (Posts: 308; Member since: 19 Sep 2012)
What would be better is if Google charges 9.99 US Dollars for Google Maps... That would be hilarious!! :)
10. noim1 (Posts: 286; 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...
11. ilia1986 (unregistered)
As someone who just sold his iphone 4 and bought a Galaxy s3 - I say only one thing: Muhahahahaha!! :D
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
13. andro. (Posts: 1927; Member since: 16 Sep 2011)
Google should just let those ifans be stuck with the mapping mess apple has forced upon them. Those ifans could haven adventure every day,those maps could help them find airports that don't exist in Irish fields
38. troutsy (Posts: 212; Member since: 17 Feb 2012)
Yeah, the big pile of money that Google could get from Google Maps on the iPhone... they don't need that.
61. chaoticrazor (Posts: 2347; Member since: 28 Aug 2012)
from what i know about ifans i dont think they need maps..............
the only time they go out is to either:
stand outside there house trying to show off with there iphone
down the apple shop to line up for the ''new'' iphone.
18. paulyyd (Posts: 320; Member since: 08 Jan 2011)
when google maps was first introduced was it polished and precise as it is today? No. Give it time, I wouldn't be surprised if apple maps surpasses google maps
22. techsavvy.jaz (Posts: 96; Member since: 07 Feb 2012)
It's just not the case of apple maps not being good, but how they were marketed by apple, aggressive marketing, coupled with failed product is what apple is facing now, I am glad that, like always they didnt blame the users, and accepted that the maps app is just a beginning and needs time to get better.
but meanwhile they should have retained GMaps, just my two cents.
26. mad5870 (Posts: 59; Member since: 21 Nov 2011)
Yeah i agree with you. if you are going to introduce a completly new product for your users then they should have kept google maps and offered apple maps or iMaps(idk what they are calling it) as a beta to its users.
39. _PHug_ (Posts: 380; Member since: 11 Oct 2011)
Such a sheep.
Whether Google maps was polished or not years ago is not the point.
The point is Apple's option isn't polished now and you don't have the freedom to use a better option because your mommy feels this is best for you.
ps. mommy = Apple
45. paulyyd (Posts: 320; Member since: 08 Jan 2011)
Lol is that right? I'm a sheep? you my friend are a fanboy. Big time
so you're telling me there is absolutely no other options then default maps application? Even those mapping apps in the app store? yea thats what I thought
48. willard12 (Posts: 549; Member since: 04 Jul 2012)
How do those other options compare to GMaps? There is no comparison....that's what I thought.
49. paulyyd (Posts: 320; Member since: 08 Jan 2011)
I mean if you really have a hard on for google maps you could always go into safari, open up google maps and use it there.
Thats what I thought
62. chaoticrazor (Posts: 2347; Member since: 28 Aug 2012)
ok first off you calling another person a fanboy is pretty funny seeing as your obviously a fanboy yourself
second its comes down to the fact apple got arrogant and pulled google maps away from its customers so they didnt have a choice for there own half baked maps
if the situation was apple released there maps with google maps still available they wouldn't look as stupid and greedy right now
63. paulyyd (Posts: 320; Member since: 08 Jan 2011)
I guess you completely missed my comment, if you really have to use google maps, just open the webpage, its not that hard, probably a 10 second process
you sound a little mad broski?
64. chaoticrazor (Posts: 2347; Member since: 28 Aug 2012)
''you sound a little mad broski?''
wow never heard that before........ohh wait yeah its been used to death.
second why should apple users have to go through that ''10 second process'' when they could of had the app. why should they have to work around apple's failing?
58. darkknight (Posts: 9; Member since: 06 Apr 2012)
Are you kidding? buy a phone just because the company put their pathetic priority before the costumers? No thanx, such company deserves nothing.
19. Odeira (Posts: 15; Member since: 29 Jun 2012)
The Nokia Lumia 920 is Looking Gooooooooooooood Right Now.
20. abhilashpro (Posts: 5; Member since: 25 Jun 2012)
As an Android fan, I think Google SHOULD release maps for iOS. Two reason:
- All said and done, many Apple fans who are not fanboys are really suffering the lack of a maps app, and Android fans should think of their plight.
- This is Google's opportunity to stick to their ethics and release maps regardless of how Apple behaves. (Of course they could make it a paid app.) Yes, once Google Maps comes on iOS, Apple and its fanboys will continue to behave like before as though nothing happened. Nevertheless, Google should not stoop down to Apple's level and practice their same high-handedness.
21. frydaexiii (Posts: 1157; Member since: 01 Dec 2011)
Like the article said, it's not Google's call, it's Apples'.
Google would love to release their products for any platform that can bring them money, but Apple is the one who doesn't like Google "leeching" of them.
30. lyndon420 (Posts: 1641; Member since: 11 Jul 2012)
Really? And what has apple done lately to deserve any compassion from Google?
31. remixfa (Posts: 13902; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)
Because Google's MO is to be a pretty compassionate and open company far more often than not. Just because Apple's MO is to be the worlds largest greedy selfish A-Hole, doesnt mean Google has to stoop to that level.
Google should give iOS users the full Google Maps experience like we get on Android.
However, I think they should charge 10 bux for it. :) I bet tons buy it after having to deal with Apple maps.
36. RapidCat (Posts: 351; Member since: 12 Jun 2012)
in my opinion, google should wait like 1-3 months before releasing the maps.
charge for $$ not a good idea.
29. lyndon420 (Posts: 1641; Member since: 11 Jul 2012)
Yup...either Google shouldn't submit anything to apple anymore, or they should charge through the nose for it.
33. ogtomasx (Posts: 42; Member since: 25 Aug 2012)
Thumbs up if you think Google should charge apple for downloading Google maps $19.99...??
37. k4j98 (Posts: 60; Member since: 12 Jul 2012)
Wow, that was cocky of him. I love Android, but that was kind of embarrassing of him to act that way...
56. Jobes (Posts: 364; Member since: 27 Oct 2011)
Cocky of him??? Lol which company is known for being cocky and arrogant??? I'll hint.. its a "magical revolutionary company" It would be cocky if Google put out an ad that simply says "If its not Google maps.. .. Its not Google maps. Put that in your Apple and smoke it."
43. The_Innovation (Posts: 531; Member since: 18 Jul 2012)
Apple really flopped this one. But we all know what's going to happen. They will slowly make their Maps app better, by dumping huge amounts of money on it to make the data better. However, when you're a company that big, and that popular, you can't afford to do these flops. Even if in one year they manage to fix this, it will be too late. They had to have it perfect, or at least close to perfect like Google Maps before releasing such an amateur application. I'm not on Apple's side, but most of the time they know what they're doing. I'm surprised.
44. speckledapple (Posts: 877; Member since: 29 Sep 2011)
Apple is the kind of company that obviously does not mind taking a hit while it quietly updates its Maps. That is how the company was built and certainly how they thought it would be a great idea for them. The only thing is how many times can they get a reset before its users become indifferent? Its clear Google Maps is better and that just brings the question, how long will users wait.