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Report: Apple seeks to hire former Google employees for help with its mapping app

Report: Apple seeks to hire former Google employees for help with its mapping app
According to a new report, a source with connections to both Apple and Google say that the former is looking to hire ex-Google employees who worked on Google Maps in an effort to repair the problems seen on the iOS 6 mapping application. The source is said to be a former contractor for Google who worked on the integration of Street View and third party data to improve the European coverage on Google Maps, and also worked on the application's turn-by-turn directions. Apple allegedly has been successful signing up former Google employees who would rather work on a whole new project instead of just updating one that has been completed.

"Many of my coworkers at Google Maps eventually left when their contracts ended or on their own accord. One guy looked around for other GIS work and ended up at Apple when a recruiter contacted him. He had heard rumors for a while that Apple was going to develop its own in-house mapping platform, and given his experience at Google, he was an easy hire. Apple went out of their way to bring him down to Cupertino and he’s now paid hansomly as a GIS Analyst. Another coworker that was a project lead at Google Maps, left for the East Coast after his contract ended, and was recently contacted by an Apple recruiter. The position sounds like a product development manager position, and will pay him $85k+ and all the moving expenses from the East Coast. He’s gone through 2 rounds of interview and seems like a frontrunner to land that position."-source


According to the source, Apple has to integrate its own 5 million miles of street view data with purchased data and find the right partners to catch up to Google. As it stands, Apple's mapping application now has a reputation for showing directions that most users are not going to be able to trust 100%. Even if Apple does correct the problems, it is going to take some time before the public as a whole is going to feel that they can rely on the application. So Don't expect a quick fix, no matter how many former Google Maps employees are thrown at the job.Once Apple re-launches the mapping application, it has to be perfect. It doesn't matter how many years of goodwill a company has with the public; make the same high-profile mistake twice and you're bound to lose a lot of the public's trust, even if you are Apple.

"Apple has a lot of catching up to do if it wants to build a robust mapping platform to counter Google Maps, so it doesn’t surprise me that it’s going out of its way to lure former and current Google Maps employees. At Google Maps, we know what data’s important, rendering priorities, keyword searches, and how the user experience is suppose to be. However, Apple needs to find a way to get its own 5 million miles of street view data, partner with the right folks, and spend a fortune on licensed data – which it can."-source

source: TechCrunch

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posted on 24 Sep 2012, 10:33 21

1. arunvsindia (Posts: 9; Member since: 31 Aug 2012)


old dogs can help apple

posted on 24 Sep 2012, 11:01 5

13. Mxyzptlk (unregistered)


There's nothing wrong with that. Tech companies are always hiring people who were part of other companies.

posted on 24 Sep 2012, 11:05 6

16. prakesh (Posts: 92; Member since: 13 Sep 2012)


once they done. they will kick their $$$ in cupertino.

posted on 24 Sep 2012, 11:24 4

29. eDiesel (Posts: 142; Member since: 17 Mar 2012)


Of course. If apple does it... It's okay. But if somebody else did it you would harshly criticize.

posted on 24 Sep 2012, 11:52 4

46. Rocksteady (unregistered)


Seems like apple's got low standards.
Have a good day.

posted on 24 Sep 2012, 11:56 5

47. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5498; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)


Seems that Apple already knew and about build quality problems even before release but they just dont care about that...
So, I agree with you, seems like Apple got low standards.

"Foxconn Worker Claims New iPhone 5 is Poorly Made"
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0l4vpyQIafY

posted on 24 Sep 2012, 12:04 3

48. synot (Posts: 277; Member since: 14 Sep 2012)


I believe this is an action worthy of lawsuit ,since these workers would be using googles technology without permission and googles technology is supposed to be pantented .

posted on 24 Sep 2012, 12:12 2

50. synot (Posts: 277; Member since: 14 Sep 2012)


I believe this move is worthy of a lawsuit since these workers would be using googles technology and secrets without googles permision and also googles technology is supposed to be patented .

posted on 24 Sep 2012, 13:10 4

56. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 4888; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)


Yeah it's how Apple slowly turns their busted Apple Maps into Google Maps. lol

Apple's innovation know no boundary.

posted on 24 Sep 2012, 13:22 9

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


Judging by the way you bash Android and hail Apple on your other posts, I bet if it was Android doing the same thing with Apple you would rather say something like pathetic google bla bla bla... can't stand on their own this and that... Apple rules!

iFan logic.

posted on 24 Sep 2012, 20:32 6

75. remixfa (Posts: 14597; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


if you look up "innovation" in the Apple Bible, the definition pops up as "to copy whatever Google is doing.. patent it, and then sue them for it"

posted on 25 Sep 2012, 10:18

83. Lwazi_N (Posts: 205; Member since: 23 Jun 2011)


I indeed hope Google has their maps patents in order otherwise they'll be in trouble in a few months time... Again.

posted on 24 Sep 2012, 10:35 47

2. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5498; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)


Seems that Samsung and Google are two greatest enemies of Apple but Apple still can't survive without them. :)

posted on 24 Sep 2012, 10:40 16

4. OpTiMuS_BlAcK (Posts: 418; Member since: 04 May 2012)


well said.

posted on 24 Sep 2012, 10:57 15

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


+1 for you

posted on 24 Sep 2012, 11:02 2

14. Mxyzptlk (unregistered)


Wouldn't it be the other way around with Apple and Samsung?

posted on 24 Sep 2012, 11:10 13

20. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10457; Member since: 14 May 2012)


That's not what the article is saying.

posted on 24 Sep 2012, 11:18 2

26. Mxyzptlk (unregistered)


"Seems that Samsung and Google are two greatest enemies of Apple but Apple still can't survive without them. :)"

In case you missed it.

posted on 24 Sep 2012, 11:25 11

32. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10457; Member since: 14 May 2012)


You just proved my point, in case you missed it.

posted on 24 Sep 2012, 11:35

35. MISTER.H (banned) (Posts: 167; Member since: 03 Aug 2012)


Apple , Samsung+Google are!

posted on 24 Sep 2012, 12:31 7

51. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 4214; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)


He really did miss it!! Haha...confusing as his name suggests!!

posted on 24 Sep 2012, 16:54 1

66. Sniggly (Posts: 7305; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


Not at all. Samsung seems to be doing just fine despite Apple's decreasing dependence on them, as well as that billion dollar fine.

posted on 24 Sep 2012, 19:10 1

70. Mxyzptlk (unregistered)


I wasn't referring to the article.

posted on 24 Sep 2012, 19:11 1

71. Mxyzptlk (unregistered)


Apple isn't dependent on them.

posted on 24 Sep 2012, 22:56

80. Jelly_Bean (Posts: 109; Member since: 11 Sep 2012)


Father is always father.....!!!!

posted on 25 Sep 2012, 05:58

81. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 4214; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)


You're trolling then!!
And you even had to add the ":)" smiley when copy pasting what he said...

posted on 25 Sep 2012, 11:59 1

84. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5713; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


okay then, right now if Samsung severed all ties with Apple do you know what that would mean? no iPhone 5's for a long, long while and in that long, long while vastly superior phones are going crop up hurting Apple's rep and sales severely so yeah, i'd say Samsung has them by the nads if it really came down to it.

posted on 26 Sep 2012, 14:27

86. epdm2be (Posts: 607; Member since: 20 Apr 2012)


@ KingKurogiii: Superior phones have always been around. It doesn't stop punters from buyn these iPhones though.

The fact is Apple IS Samsung and many other ODM's biggest client (for now). And while it could very well be that Apple needs Samsung but Samsung needs Apple too.

Also Samsung doesn't innovate either. They're just mix-and-match industrial brick and mortar shop. They copied the exterior design from Apple, bought the OS from Google and gotten the ARM cpu schematics from ARM Ltd (including the MALI gpu). Where's the innovation in that? Even HTC, LG, Sony and bunch of others do the same.

Sony and HTC at least try to add something unique to their designs. I loved the NXT series from Sony and just don't understand why they don't continue further with that?

I dislike Samsung as much as I dislike Apple. Far all I care, all this superficial competetition between them is IMHO just a plot keep consumers attention to these 2 companies and destroy everyone else.

posted on 24 Sep 2012, 10:39 10

3. Aeires (unregistered)


Oh, the irony.

posted on 24 Sep 2012, 16:08

62. jroc74 (Posts: 6019; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


With a capital I.

This is too funny really....dump Google Maps to make your own Maps app....it launches with numerous location errors......and now you wanna hire folks from Google to help.

I am literally shaking my head right now...

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