Google have confirmed they have NOT submitted a Mapping App to Apple, despite all the claims from those who think they know.
Unless you have been hiding under a rock these last few days you will know of the furore concerning the update to maps on the iPhone. Apple launched version 6 of iOS a few days ago and since then there has been an outcry on how bad the mapping data is, certainly in comparison to Google Maps. Until now the cartography has been provided on iOS from Google.
There has been a lot of speculation as to why Apple have switched to their own solution -- Google have been building their mapping data for 7 years and have a very comprehensive offering. The answer is actually quite simple -- Apple need to offer turn-by-turn navigation tools to keep up with every other mobile operating system, however Google simply do not allow this feature in the Mapping APIs. Perhaps Apple could have entered into a special agreement with Google; maybe Google did not want to -- we will probably never know.
Now that Apple have their own app everyone expects a Google mapping App to compete. Some even went so far as to say that it had been submitted and Apple were not approving it in the App store.
I personally never believe 'unconfirmed' sources and hate speculative journalism.
Today Google confirmed they have done nothing and have no app as yet.
Google's Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt said "We have not done anything yet" and
We think it would have been better if they had kept ours. But what do I know?
The complete report is available via Reuters however we now have it straight from the man himself -- no app yet!
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