Mr. Blurrycam turns his lens towards Google Maps for iOS
incorporate Google Earth. This promises to make the native iOS version of Google Maps a real challenger for Apple Maps as soon as Apple gets rid of all of the problems afflicting its app.
While there is some talk that Apple knew in advance how poorly Apple Maps was going to perform, a triumphant return of Google Maps to iOS was not what the Cupertino firm had in mind when it decided to replace Google Maps with its own application in iOS 6. And by the way, Google Maps is already in Alpha according to Guild. The New York Times recently quoted a Google insider as saying that the app won't be ready until the end of the year because it was caught off-guard when Apple decided to stop using Google Maps as the native mapping application on iOS 6 even though there was still one year left on the contract between the two tech giants.
source: BenGuild via Forbes
1. wendygarett (unregistered)
But I had get used of Apple map :)
Anyway thank you Google for giving ios users a choice :)
3. Hammerfest (Posts: 370; Member since: 12 May 2012)
" Anyway thank you Google for giving ios users a real choice :)"
4. wendygarett (unregistered)
Thank you my friends :)
A warm green thumb for you.
Google is deserved to be respected.
2. jroc74 (Posts: 5192; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)
This is gonna be interesting...
If this is true...its good for iPhone, iOS users. At least until Apple gets Apple maps a lil better.
9. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5975; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)
I personally doubt that a Google Maps app will be released before early 2013. And Apple isn't sitting around chewing bubble gum and drinking Starbucks. The moment Google submits it's Maps app for approval, Apple will go into surge mode to get something released. Even if they do a beta release like what they did with Siri last year.
16. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5975; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)
Update: Macrumors is running an article that claims Google Maps for iOS is in alpha testing. Given that it is mid-October, I doubt that Google Maps for iOS will be released in production before January 2013 earliest.
5. OptimusOne (Posts: 694; Member since: 22 May 2012)
hahahahah. apple. first you cut google maps and replace with your own app that sucks
now once google comes back... imagine the contrast between google maps and apple maps. even one will love google maps even more.
i sense a conspiriacy to increase google maps usage.
nice job apple. thinking of other companies!
7. taz89 (Posts: 2014; Member since: 03 May 2011)
Lol really no one would be making a big deal about Google maps coming to ios if apple maps was good out the box... You must be mad if you really think that.
8. lyndon420 (Posts: 1847; Member since: 11 Jul 2012)
It just works....Google that is. I like how Google focuses on making their products better (even for the competitors platforms) instead of trying to sue everyone.
11. darkvadervip (Posts: 351; Member since: 08 Dec 2010)
I've been using the new map on ios6 and works fine for me
12. nnaatthhaannx2 (Posts: 820; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)
Funny how Google maps on Android doesn't even have these features!
Seems like Google's iOS team is pretty good. The stock Android apps really need help. There's absolutely no reason for the apps to be better on iOS.
13. jroc74 (Posts: 5192; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)
Except for Google Earth.....Google Maps for Android has these features. Had them for awhile....
14. jroc74 (Posts: 5192; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)
Google Maps for Android is on 6 now. Maybe you are using older versions of stock Android apps?