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

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.



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.

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.

"Take that Apple," he remarked, and then quickly added, "That was a joke by the way."

source: Reuters

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58 Comments

1. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 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: Jan 15, 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: 2315; Member since: Jul 30, 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.

25. BillyG

Posts: 305; Member since: Sep 24, 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...

50. Mr.Mr.Upgrade

Posts: 474; Member since: Aug 30, 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

51. Mr.Mr.Upgrade

Posts: 474; Member since: Aug 30, 2011

rn. By cnet

54. Hammerfest

Posts: 384; Member since: May 12, 2012

no kidding, and this makes it even funnier: "We think" EDIT: my post got nuked... was more here :/

2. eisenbricher

Posts: 973; Member since: Aug 09, 2012

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

16. neutralguy

Posts: 1152; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

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

27. whysoserious

Posts: 318; Member since: Jul 20, 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.

40. ChiX017

Posts: 308; Member since: Nov 09, 2011

I luv your picture

3. sbr999

Posts: 79; Member since: Jun 05, 2012

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

14. bloodline

Posts: 706; Member since: Dec 01, 2011

exactly

4. Savage unregistered

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

5. ogy_dogy

Posts: 453; Member since: Jun 29, 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: Oct 17, 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: 87; Member since: Aug 18, 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: 297; Member since: May 15, 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: 382; Member since: Sep 19, 2012

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

10. noim1

Posts: 297; Member since: May 15, 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: 1999; Member since: Sep 16, 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: 382; Member since: Feb 17, 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: Aug 28, 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 or down the apple shop to line up for the ''new'' iphone.

68. Peter27

Posts: 233; Member since: Jul 13, 2012

Very good post chaoticrazor! Well done.

15. bloodline

Posts: 706; Member since: Dec 01, 2011

android ftw

18. paulyyd

Posts: 340; Member since: Jan 08, 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

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