Wednesday, September 26, 2012

No hope in the near-term: Standalone Google Maps not coming to iOS 6: Schmidt

Sorry, iOS 6 and iPhone 5 users. Google says that it does not have a standalone iOS version waiting to rescue you.

On Tuesday, Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt was in Japan to announce the launch of Google's Nexus tablet there. Speaking to a small group of reporters in Tokyo, he said, "We think it would have been better if they had kept ours. But what do I know? What were we going to do, force them not to change their mind? It's their call."

It seems, as well, that since it's also possible for Apple to reject an app, particularly those that duplicate built-in iOS functionality, such as Google Maps would do with Apple Maps, Google is not willing to invest any time on development unless it is given the proactive go-ahead by Apple. "We have not done anything yet (on Google Maps on iOS)," he said.

Since the launch of iOS 6, which preceded the release of the iPhone 5 by two days, Apple's new Maps app has been hammered by critics, analysts and end users. With iOS 6, Apple ditched both YouTube and Google Maps. While Google created a standalone version of YouTube, it has not done the same with Google Maps.

Apple's Maps app has been criticized for poor rendering, incorrect directions, placing objects - such as airports - where they don't exist, and more.

It's been suggested that Apple may even launch its own search service, as it quests for all-Apple services on its mobile platforms. Schmidt addressed that possibility, as well.

"I'm not doing any predictions. We want them to be our partner. We welcome that. I'm not going to speculate at all what they're going to do. They can answer that question as they see fit," he said.

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