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Google Maps iOS Application Isn’t Yet In The Making, Says Google Executive

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We speculated last week that a Google Maps application was in the books and waiting for Apple’s verification. Well, that rumour was more than wrong as Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt has revealed his thoughts on the iOS 6 Maps transition.

Schmidt at the press conference via Reuters:

“We think it would have been better if they had kept ours. But what do I know?” Schmidt told a small group of reporters in Tokyo. “What were we going to do, force them not to change their mind? It’s their call.”

Schmidt said Google and Apple were in constant communication “at all kinds of levels.” But he said any decision on whether Google Maps would be accepted as an application in the Apple App Store would have to be made by Apple.

So even the Executive Chairman at Google believes that Apple switching to their own in-house mapping system wasn’t particularly the best choice at the moment. After public outcry due to the overflow of errors, many wished that Apple would have continued using Google Maps. The turn-by-turn directions feature is really the only positive as the rest of the Maps application is less detailed.

Schmidt also states that no work has been put into a Google Maps iOS application, and the acceptance will be placed upon Apple:

“We have not done anything yet,” he said.

Schmidt said Google and Apple were in constant communication “at all kinds of levels.” But he said any decision on whether Google Maps would be accepted as an application in the Apple App Store would have to be made by Apple.

Apple has recently accepted the Youtube application into the App Store, and has quickly risen to one of the most downloaded free applications. The same could happen with Google Maps, but Apple may not accept it due to the similarities between their own in-house maps.

If, or when Google Maps hits the App Store, will you be downloading it?

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  • Ryan

    If you’re going to copy MacRumors, at least check to see that there are no updates to the article before you publish yours.

  • PEACOCK

    hahahha 😀

  • frank

    i would download it, i need streetview

  • Guest

    How are they copying MacRumors? Both got they’re quotes from Reuters.
    And the MacRumors “update”, isn’t an update it’s Bloomberg’s interpretation. There’s no new information.
    If you’re going to make comments, at least know what you’re talking about.

  • pegger1

    How are they copying MacRumors? Both got their quotes from Reuters.
    And the MacRumors “update”, isn’t an update it’s just Bloomberg’s interpretation. There’s no new information.
    If you’re going to make comments, at least know what you’re talking about.

  • Ryan

    If you follow both RSS feeds, it’s fairly obvious that MacRumors is the source for 75% of the stories published here. I’m sure he does re-write the article himself, but most stories pop-up about 30+ minutes after they appear on MacRumors.

  • pegger1

    The only obvious thing is you don’t know what you’re talking about.
    Reuters is the one with the story, TheNextWeb got it from there and MacRumors got it from them. iPhoneinCanada got it from Reuters. That’s how most of these sites work and they cite their source.
    If you have an agenda against this site, just don’t come here.

  • crosseyed_mofo

    theres also 9to5mac and tuaw that the gets his stories from and there is nothing wrong with that.

    this is a website for iphone users in canada, not everyone subscribes to RSS feeds

    relax

  • Ryan

    Yes and MacRumors sourced TheNextWeb.

  • RyanStOnge

    I don’t even use MacRumors.. I will tell you that right now. I re-write all articles based off the main sources. I may see MacRumors posts an article, but I go to the main source (which was Reuters in this case) to re-write the article.

    But in this case, I saw the article on Reuters, I never used any other site as a reference. If I did, I would add a [via MacRumors] at the bottom of the post.

  • rupes100

    Stop being such a nerd. You follow RSS feeds so you belong in the 1% who actually do. Not everyone goes to every single friggen site out there to read the same story over again, people have their choices so what does it matter? There are only so many stories to go around on a daily basis… Go outside and get some sun dude.

  • rupes100

    Sorry the post above was directed at Ryan… crosseyed_mofo, good post.!

  • Ryan Bast

    Couldnt they just release the old app? If they priced it at 99cents they would make a killing.

  • crosseyed_mofo

    hehe i was confused at first

  • It would be nice if Apple just released a standalone version of the old Google Maps app as an interim solution. I don’t think it’s likely, but it would be nice.

  • I think the old app was designed by Apple, in co-operation with Google of course. So I think this would be an Apple decision, although they’d require the permission of Google. If they do this, I think they should do it for free. If they charged 99 cents, there would be widespread complaints that the whole thing was a cash-grab conspiracy.

  • hub2

    Check out an app called Streetviewer. It might do for now, though I wonder if the app falls afoul of any Google terms-of-use.

  • RyanStOnge

    Yeah it would be nice, but it’s all up to Google now. They have to hit the trigger and create an iOS app and see if Apple accepts it. Google Voice is still waiting for approval after months of waiting, so who knows what Apple will do.

  • Ryan

    Well I did mention in one of my other comments that not all your stories are sourced there. But this kind of reinforces my position that even though you weren’t the original source of the info MacRumors still gave you a credit.

  • Bad_Apples

    I personally will not be downgrading to IOS6 until a suitable Google Maps application is available. Even with it available I may stay with IOS5 as Apple doesn’t like the user to have choices, which means I will not be able to make the new Google Map App my default mapping application. I like being able to click an address and be on my way, having to use the semi-kludge cut and paste procedure for every address from my contacts list into a different app could be a pain not worth the apparent semi-fixed Siri, and panorama picture feature upgrade.

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