• http://twitter.com/thelance Lance Haun

    So iOS users are left without a suitable maps option because Apple decided to launch a sub-par app. Google wasn’t ready and now they want to add a useless 3D function to compete with Apple’s similarly useless function? How about just focusing on delivering the Android version of Google maps to iOS?

  • http://twitter.com/rubyvrooom Marcos Lara

    i just created a web app home screen icon for maps.google.com and never thought twice about it.

  • http://kout.com/#/arkanciscan Jesse

    Why should Google be so eager to deliver a feature to a competitor’s product? Google Maps are Android’s killer app IMO. If I could get bicycle directions on an iOS device I might use one.

  • Robert Butler

    Personally, what’s really amazing is that there wouldn’t have been a non-competition clause in the contract. I’m pretty sure Google is smart enough to think ahead like that. Being as such, I think the premise of this rumor is bogus.

  • http://www.facebook.com/cromwellian Ray Cromwell

    Amount of resources doesn’t matter, see Mythical Man Month. Developing an iOS app from scratch would take time, no matter how much resources you throw at it. And launching a half baked and rushed application that crashed, had rendering errors, or other failures would be just as bad. Mapping applications aren’t typical web apps, they’re far more complex.

    Why would it even be in Google’s interest to delay a mapping app? As people have noted when iOS6 maps were announced, it is a tremendous disadvantage to lose all of those users, the users are more important, regardless of whether it is iOS or Android, and those people have already bought iPhones, they’re not likely to sell them to pick up Android devices just because of maps.

    The motive and narrative doesn’t make sense. What does make sense is Apple keeping things murky so that Google would not have something to compete with IOS6 maps on day one. Apple has the motive to ensure that Google Maps isn’t available simultaneously with IOS6 maps.

    They don’t want users to have the choice because a direct comparison is unfavorable to them. They don’t want people getting in the habit of staying with Google Maps. They want users forced to use IOS6 maps and no Google alternative for some window of time until they get “used to it”, and then convincing people to switch from the builtin Maps to a third party software will be harder.

    Doesn’t that sound like a far more likely story? The motives for Apple are inline with stopping Google Maps, the motives for Google are actually to have their maps on every platform.

  • http://www.facebook.com/colinmsmith Colin Smith

    How about the fact that I, and many others, will not be upgrading to the iPhone5 or IOS6 because it doesn’t have Google Maps? Google might be dragging their feet to show how flawed the IOS maps system is.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=535260227 Jeff Kean

    second last paragraph “I also explained how the contact” – is that supposed to be “contract” :)

  • https://plus.google.com/116060438179787966184 Salvatore Surra

    In the last paragraph: “I also explained how the contact itself might have other complications.”

    I think you mean contract here, right?

  • http://twitter.com/double_see_dee Travis

    That’s what he means by “competitive reasons”

  • John Redwood

    How many times can an article spell contract as contact… seriously..

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_73WX644PUZQCJDMB7JMRT4PJHA Gumboz1953

    “The fact that the contract is still in force, however, apparently gave Google a false sense of security.”

    As a lawyer, I keep re-reading this sentence, trying to understand this total non-sequitur.