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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

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joset01 12/5/2012 | 5:20:30 PM
re: Google: No iPhone 5 Map App Yet

Certainly pretty amazing the sense of map entitlement when you consider that a directional map on your phone was pretty much in the realm of sci-fi a few short years ago. We can thank the e911 laws in the U.S. for cheap GPS chips in phones, might as well do something with that data right?

shygye75 12/5/2012 | 5:20:30 PM
re: Google: No iPhone 5 Map App Yet

This is an outrage!! How are iPhone 5 users supposed to locate the nearest Starbucks so they can cadge some free WiFi?? First replacement refs, now this -- is this all part of the Mayan apocalypse?

jadejedi 12/5/2012 | 5:20:29 PM
re: Google: No iPhone 5 Map App Yet

Being someone that uses Google Maps on my phone frequently for my work.  The new Apple Maps application is not 1/100 of what I am able to get from Google Maps.  It does not even have aerial mapping and the 3D map is a joke.  I refuse to upgrade to IOS 6 just because the new maps are an issue.  I have heard that you can still look at the maps on-line but it does not have the same functionality as the Google Map application.  It is sad that you have this in fighting between Apple and Google.  Then we have to deal with it.  I don't think so.

shygye75 12/5/2012 | 5:20:29 PM
re: Google: No iPhone 5 Map App Yet

Yes -- none of us should rest until our Internets is/are using the equivalent output of 30 nuculer power plants, as opposed to the measly 20 plants now being used according the New York Times.

joset01 12/5/2012 | 5:20:28 PM
re: Google: No iPhone 5 Map App Yet

Well, the latest Nokia mapping stuff seems to be well regarded, has off-line capabilities as well. Pretty sure its limited to the Windows Lumia phones though.

mgardner750 12/5/2012 | 5:20:24 PM
re: Google: No iPhone 5 Map App Yet

I guess I'm in the minority. I rarely used the google map on my iphone.


I found it challenging to use for directions while driving. There were many other options to find the nearest coffee shop.


What I use everyday for direction is WAZE. It is a free crowd sourced mapping app with turn by turn directions. It replaced the garmin I had used while traveling. With the crowd sourcing it will warn you of traffic congestion or a radar trap ahead. When searching for something it will use google, Bing, yelp, YP or 4square. 

jadejedi 12/5/2012 | 5:20:24 PM
re: Google: No iPhone 5 Map App Yet

I think it is hilarious that everyone seems to need turn-by-turn directions to locate coffee shop.  For those of us in the industry that are out in the middle of nowhere, that have cell service, searching for a site location to place a cell tower it is nice to be able to pull up an aerial map with a street map overlayed so we can see where we are going.  In some cases just an aerial map is nice to have.  Google Earth on my laptop and Google Maps on my Iphone are essential for my work. To have Apple decide what is best for their customers is an outrage.  I am just tired of having corporations dictate what is best for me. 

joset01 12/5/2012 | 5:20:23 PM
re: Google: No iPhone 5 Map App Yet

Well, to be fair, Google seems to be holding off on delivering an iOS 6 map app to the app store. Although we don't know if it would be approved by Apple anyway. Questions, questions...

joset01 12/5/2012 | 5:20:23 PM
re: Google: No iPhone 5 Map App Yet

Yeah, WAZE is definitely an alternative option.

shygye75 12/5/2012 | 5:20:22 PM
re: Google: No iPhone 5 Map App Yet

Maybe Apple can develop a smell app to pinpoint the nearest Starbucks outlet. They do tend to have a distinctive .... aroma. 

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