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.



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.


source: TechCrunch

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91 Comments

1. arunvsindia

Posts: 9; Member since: Aug 31, 2012

old dogs can help apple

13. Mxyzptlk unregistered

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

16. prakesh

Posts: 92; Member since: Sep 13, 2012

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

29. eDiesel

Posts: 142; Member since: Mar 17, 2012

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

46. Rocksteady unregistered

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

47. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 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

48. synot

Posts: 277; Member since: Sep 14, 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 .

50. synot

Posts: 277; Member since: Sep 14, 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 .

56. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

Yeah it's how Apple slowly turns their busted Apple Maps into Google Maps. lol Apple's innovation know no boundary.

75. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 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"

83. Lwazi_N

Posts: 205; Member since: Jun 23, 2011

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

57. whysoserious

Posts: 318; Member since: Jul 20, 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.

2. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

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

4. OpTiMuS_BlAcK

Posts: 418; Member since: May 04, 2012

well said.

11. neutralguy

Posts: 1152; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

+1 for you

14. Mxyzptlk unregistered

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

20. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

That's not what the article is saying.

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.

32. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

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

51. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

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

70. Mxyzptlk unregistered

I wasn't referring to the article.

81. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

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

35. MISTER.H

Posts: 167; Member since: Aug 03, 2012

Apple , Samsung+Google are!

66. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 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.

71. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Apple isn't dependent on them.

84. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 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.

86. epdm2be

Posts: 822; Member since: Apr 20, 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.

80. Jelly_Bean

Posts: 109; Member since: Sep 11, 2012

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

3. Aeires unregistered

Oh, the irony.

62. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 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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