Google on Apple: “We talk to them every day”

To say Apple’s native mapping is flawed… you’d be hard pressed to find someone who will say that it works well. With reports that Google has been fighting with Apple to get the Google Maps app approved on the App Store exaggerated, Google’s Eric Schmidt admitted that they have “not done anything yet” to offer iOS 6 users a substitute to iOS Maps.

Schmidt is currently in Japan promoting and launching Google’s Nexus 7 tablet, introducing Google Play Books and new movie content, but he took time out to speak to address the mapping issues with reporters.

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.

When Apple made the decision to drop Google Maps and introduce what is now iOS Maps, Google has always stated that they work to develop solutions for every mobile platform, including iOS.


Google Maps in iOS

With iOS 6 showing good adoption rate in the first two days of release, iDevice users automatically get the iOS Maps bundled in with the new OS. But the negative press is something that Apple just can’t walk away from.

While Google has not yet moved to launch a mapping app, it has been “talking to [Apple] for a long time; we talk to them every day.” It’s no secret that Google will continue to push Google Maps on Apple mobile devices. In June, Senior Vice President, Commerce & Local at Google, Jeff Huber said the company is dedicated to “providing amazing Google Maps experiences on iOS.”

So, no if's or maybe's; it’s only a matter of time before Google launch something new for iOS devices.

Source: The Next Web | Images: Deccan Chronicle & Engadget

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I don't get it, go to maps.google.com on your iOS6 device, create a bookmark to your home screen, done. Your Maps "app" is back.

I'm sure there are probably also some Google & Apple employees who know each other outside of work. Probably a few marriages . . .

So it's a hard statement to invalidate.

So lets say, Google makes a map app for the iOS, manages to get it approved into the app store (the fact that Apple does not allow apps that offer the same functionality that there apps do). What do you think developers of other apps will do, not sue them, or take legal action? Surely if they can allow Google maps, and reject others for the reason they replicate the same functionality a biased court will rule in favor of the developer? Its not like Apple is so small in the mobile market that it can get away with it?

WaqasTariq said,
So lets say, Google makes a map app for the iOS, manages to get it approved into the app store (the fact that Apple does not allow apps that offer the same functionality that there apps do). What do you think developers of other apps will do, not sue them, or take legal action? Surely if they can allow Google maps, and reject others for the reason they replicate the same functionality a biased court will rule in favor of the developer? Its not like Apple is so small in the mobile market that it can get away with it?

There are other map apps such as navigon, garmin and tom tom on the app store!

szo said,

There are other map apps such as navigon, garmin and tom tom on the app store!


I didn't knew that, hence the questions, thanks!

WaqasTariq said,

I didn't knew that, hence the questions, thanks!

"the fact that Apple does not allow apps that offer the same functionality that there apps do)"
Doesn't seem like something you claimed to not know...

ILikeTobacco said,

"the fact that Apple does not allow apps that offer the same functionality that there apps do)"
Doesn't seem like something you claimed to not know...

This is one of Apple's policies. They have rejected multiple apps on these grounds. The fact that they allowed the TomTom and Garmin apps is surprising based on this knowledge.

WaqasTariq never claimed to know every single app that's in the App Store, he just stated Apples policy.

You really should try and understand what someone has posted before posting snarky replies.

ILikeTobacco said,

Doesn't seem like something you claimed to not know...

Don't you just love to troll. Appreciate your comments @M4x1mus

Ficman said,
I sure hope we see a major fix soon

Don't get your hopes up.. you can't fix something that Google has been working on for a decade, no matter how many companies and engineers you have on it.

Ficman said,
I sure hope we see a major fix soon

But Google Maps isn't broken...
Oh? You mean Apple Maps? Do you believe in miracles?

But it won't be the native app, so It won't have the benefits of it like Siri and other features, so maps on iOS Will still suck compared to Android or WP8 :\

Rafyelzz said,
But it won't be the native app, so It won't have the benefits of it like Siri and other features, so maps on iOS Will still suck compared to Android or WP8 :\

The iOS 6 Maps app is designed to take its information from other applications, if they are available. There are already apps that provide local transit information to Maps.

Rosyna said,

The iOS 6 Maps app is designed to take its information from other applications, if they are available. There are already apps that provide local transit information to Maps.

He's talking about Google Maps app for iOS 6.

TheDisneyMagic said,
"Solutions for every mobile platform" Well where was the Windows Phone love?

Maybe Google got tired of reset and re-imagine?

TheDisneyMagic said,
"Solutions for every mobile platform" Well where was the Windows Phone love?

Maybe two or three users are not compelling to make Google create any solutions...
Who knows?