Google: No iPhone 5 Map App Yet

Google's Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt tells reporters in Japan that Google hasn't done anything about an app for iOS 6 yet

Dan Jones, Mobile Editor

September 25, 2012

1 Min Read
Google: No iPhone 5 Map App Yet

Don't expect to see a standalone map app from Google (Nasdaq: GOOG) for Apple Inc. (Nasdaq: AAPL)'s iOS 6 mobile operating system anytime soon.

A spokesman from Google told Light Reading Mobile last week that Google is open to doing maps for the new Apple operating system and iPhone 5. But Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt told reporters in Japan Tuesday that it hangs on whether Apple allows the app on the app store.

"We have not done anything yet," Reuters quotes Schmidt as saying.

"We think it would have been better if they had kept ours. But what do I know?" Schmidt reportedly continued. "What were we going to do, force them not to change their mind? It's their call."

Apple users and commentators have been complaining about the quality of the new, homegrown map app in Apple's iOS 6. Apple had been using Google Maps since 2007.

Why this matters
The map app -- not the phone's browser -- is increasingly becoming the search mechanism of choice for users searching for places in the local vicinity. Thus the map app becomes an important tool for user loyalty and ad revenue generation.

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— Dan Jones, Site Editor, Light Reading Mobile

About the Author(s)

Dan Jones

Mobile Editor

Dan is to hats what Will.I.Am is to ridiculous eyewear. Fedora, trilby, tam-o-shanter -- all have graced the Jones pate during his career as the go-to purveyor of mobile essentials.

But hey, Dan is so much more than 4G maps and state-of-the-art headgear. Before joining the Light Reading team in 2002 he was an award-winning cult hit on Broadway (with four 'Toni' awards, two 'Emma' gongs and a 'Brian' to his name) with his one-man show, "Dan Sings the Show Tunes."

His perfectly crafted blogs, falling under the "Jonestown" banner, have been compared to the works of Chekhov. But only by Dan.

He lives in Brooklyn with cats.

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