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Google's Schmidt Says No Maps App for iOS Yet

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Sep 25, 2012, 7:50 AM   by Eric M. Zeman   @zeman_e

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.

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Sep 26, 2012, 8:09 AM

We think it would have been better if [Apple] had kept ours. But what do I know?

Anyone else hear the snark in that? I can only imagine Schmidt sitting in a big office somewhere giggling to himself. Can't say I blame him. I'm not going to **** talk other people's choice of OS, but I really think Apple shot themselves in the foot by dropping Google Maps. Every iOS user I know is wildly disappointed by iOS6 and down right upset at the loss of Google Maps. A couple are even switching ecosystems and planning to get the new Nokia in the following month or so (likely not JUST over Apples maps sucking, but that was a huge complaint they had when they were talking about the change of heart)

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 ...
Rumors have been coming out about the reasoning. Apple wanted turn by turn directions and Google didn't want to implement it into the current build of the maps offering. They still had a year left on the agreement for Google to be the provider of the ...
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