Google: No plans “yet” for iOS 6 Maps app
There’s certainly plenty to like about iOS 6, but unfortunately, one of its most touted features – Apple’s own Maps app – has been a fairly huge disappoint for many users. From missing POIs to warped 3D maps, and at times questionable turn-by-turn instructions, it’s been ridiculed to no end. And just when you were hoping that Google would come save the day with their release of a standalone Google Maps app for iOS 6, Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt confirmed earlier today that nothing is in the works at the moment. This according to Reuters:
“We have not done anything yet. We think it would have been better if [Apple] 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.”
Schmidt went on to say that Google is still open to partnering with Apple, but it’s entirely up to Apple whether they want to do so or not. It’s no secret that Apple has been planning to rely less and less on Google, as can be seen with the removal of the stock Youtube app from iOS 6. As I said in my review of the iPhone 5, Apple’s own Maps app isn’t all bad (the turn-by-turn animations are silky smooth and the interface looks great), but it’s biggest downfall for me is the lack of business listings.
If you’re one of the many who miss Google Map’s built-in transit info and directions or its massive database of POIs, you can still access the web version by going to maps.google.com. It works just as well as the previous Google Maps app, but its interface is quite different and there’s no Street View. I’d suggest creating an app shortcut for easy access if you are planning on making use of this web version (tap on the bottom ‘action’ button while in mobile maps and select “Add to Home Screen”).[Ars Technica]