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What to expect from "amazing Google Maps" for iOS

0. phoneArena 23 Jun 2012, 12:19 posted on

The big story from the iOS announcement a couple weeks ago was that Apple was finally killing off the neglected Google Maps in favor of Apple's proprietary Maps application. One question that we were left wondering was not if, but when Google...

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posted on 24 Jun 2012, 07:41 2

55. microsoftnokiawin (Posts: 1178; Member since: 30 Mar 2012)

*why wouldn't you copy a better company? * that's just stupid man there is a different between copying and adding similar features if companies just copied each other we wouldn't have the wide variety of different OSes and smartphones we would have a lot iphone-esque and sgs3-que

posted on 24 Jun 2012, 10:42 2

56. sawilson (Posts: 12; Member since: 23 Jun 2012)

cop·y /ˈkäpē/Noun: A thing made to be similar or identical to another.

Notifications Bar
Turn by turn navigation
Multitasking (though to be fair it's more like multi-freezing)
In app sharing
Browser tabs
Wireless sync

That's just off the top of my head.

posted on 24 Jun 2012, 19:29 1

64. stealthd (unregistered)

Google didn't invent any of that. So I guess you're saying Google is just copying features too.

posted on 25 Jun 2012, 08:06

69. sawilson (Posts: 12; Member since: 23 Jun 2012)

Oh, most definitely. They aren't patent trolls though. I'm glad they keep beating Apple in court lol.

posted on 24 Jun 2012, 10:46

57. sawilson (Posts: 12; Member since: 23 Jun 2012)

And to be fair I agree with you completely. I just have problems with the hypocrisy of accusing others of copying your stuff while shamelessly stealing from others, and attempting to actually take people to court. Even though they keep losing in court, and are the laughing stock of tech because of it, they tried. That's beyond slimy.

posted on 24 Jun 2012, 12:11

60. miguel6632 (Posts: 21; Member since: 25 May 2012)

isnt apple getting the maps from tomtom, wait i had one of them and it wasnt great at all this was only 2 years ago

posted on 24 Jun 2012, 18:04

61. networkdood (Posts: 6330; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)

" As we said before, the only barricade to Google doing this would be if Apple decides to suddenly ban all maps/navigation apps from the App Store under the anti-competitive rules about creating apps that "duplicate iOS functionality". "

Wow, having another alternative to a video player or map is anti-competitive according to APPLE. Makes sense, as they want customers to only have one choice in the marketplace for a phone, too.

posted on 24 Jun 2012, 18:06

62. networkdood (Posts: 6330; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)

I wonder when Phonearena wakes up and realizes that Taco and Mxy are just trolls who offer no insight on the articles written on here and would need a permanent ban on this site....

posted on 24 Jun 2012, 23:35

65. bayusuputra (Posts: 963; Member since: 12 Feb 2012)

trolls are trolls, and they will find a way to be back here..
we need them, wee need them so that we can laugh at their stupidity..
it's like watching Mr. Bean, you know he's stupid, but you still like him anyway and laugh your backside off at them..

posted on 24 Jun 2012, 19:07 2

63. sawilson (Posts: 12; Member since: 23 Jun 2012)

There are two business models in tech. There's what's called Bespoke. Tailoring solutions. Like getting a suit, or getting an android phone or the shopping experience at Amazon. It's getting a drink made for you the way you like it. Then there is the opposite of this. Rather than tailoring any solution, you use marketing to create the illusion of grandeur. You limit choice to save money and reduce support cost. And it definitely works. It's a better business model for boutique operations. Great for limited run car makers or clothing designers. You can create the appearance of making "art", and that will appeal to those more concerned with appearance and perception than reality. Even better, on some level, the people that "fell for it" will defend their purchase because of that deep fear that they got suckered. Their buyers remorse will do your marketing for you. You even have built in cheerleadership in the tech review sector because those folks are more likely to be the type to value form and perception over function. That's how heavy ugly fragile devices using year behind tech can be rated "best" while clearly not being anywhere close. It's why you will actually see an article titled "Does the SIII beat the 4S?" as an actual article by a journalist that is so clueless they don't know the SII was better. That most new phones are better in hardware, software, and user experience. This guy had to be told Apple lost the smartphone market. It's his job to know these things, and he had no idea. That's the problem with trying to mass market boutique products. Eventually the people wake up and demand you do a little bit more with your 100 billion dollar profit than just copy a better product.

posted on 24 Jun 2012, 23:39

66. bayusuputra (Posts: 963; Member since: 12 Feb 2012)

yeah, i can't believe that we are still having "iPhone-killer" term, when in reality it was already killed long time ago.. it should be, "can iPhone match (insert-android/WP-name-here)?"

it's an outdated hardware with prehistoric software that dates back to Eclair, or even Donut.. it's just still relevant because there are still many people using it and it WAS the best smartphone of ITS era, 2007..

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