Google's Schmidt Says No Maps App for iOS Yet
Google chairman Eric Schmidt said today that Google does not have a mapping application for iOS devices waiting in the wings. "We have not done anything yet with Google Maps," he said to reporters at an event in Tokyo. "We think it would have been better if [Apple] had kept ours. But what do I know?" Apple removed Google Maps from iOS and replaced it with its own mapping application. Even if Google does submit a new version of Google Maps for iOS — something Schmidt would not confirm — Apple would have to approve the application in order for iOS device users to access it. Apple Maps lacks many of the features that Google Maps has, such as transit directions and Street View.
Apple Debuts HomePod, Its Competitor to Google Home and Amazon Echo
Apple today announced the HomePod, a new in-home speaker similar to the Google Home and Amazon Echo. It features the Siri voice-based assistant and can act on spoken requests with a focus on music.
Facebook to Make Its Instant Articles Compatible with Google, Apple Formats
Facebook wants content to be more readable across the web and took steps this week toward that goal by tweaking the SDK for its Instant Articles. Facebook's Instant Articles give publishers a way to streamline content for consumption on mobile devices, but Instant Articles aren't compatible with the mobile-first styles used by Google and Apple.
Google Uses Machine Learning to Tweak Sheets
Google today rolled out new features for its Sheets spreadsheet application. Most of the new features target the desktop-based version of Sheets.
Google Maps for iOS Lets You Add Pit Stops
An update to Google Maps for iOS adds useful details about what's located along any given route. Using the refreshed Google Maps, travelers can easily find rest stops, restaurants, grocery stores, and gas stations — including gas prices — during their journey.
We think it would have been better if [Apple] had kept ours. But what do I know?
That less than a week after its release people are clamoring for a GMaps app is telling (has iOS6 been out less than a week, or was ...