• Mike Dobbs

    Nice read…Apple will never let the GPS functionality of their phones work with Google Maps, which is a huge downside for Apple device users – plus Google to submit a “half-baked” version of Google Maps into iTunes kinda sucks. Why submit an app into an iOS platform that won’t even allow it to work at its full capacity? Sounds like a rational reason to stay true to their mission statement if certain limitations hinder the experience of organizing and displaying the worlds info?

  • http://adrielmichaud.com Adriel

    Their mobile web version meets the “available on any device” part. They would have ad to develop a new iOS version because the prior version was done by Apple. The only reason they should be in any kind of rush would be to cut off the user generated fixes and content that Apple’s maps so desperately need.

  • David Powell

    Disagree that promoting android is bad for google

  • Ray Cromwell

    It seems to me you left off an option that The Verge put forward: Apple had over a year left before the contract was Google was up, caught Google by surprise and gave them no lead time to have an iOS GMaps ready in time for the iPhone 5 launch.

    Speculation: If this is the case, then it’s really an ethically Bad move for Apple. It would mean they arranged things so as to avoid Google having a competitive iOS GMaps experience ready on launch, by keeping their time tables or intentions secret. So it’s the flip side of your Bad Android theory.

  • http://www.facebook.com/tamir.strauss Tamir Strauss

    Let me get this straight – you are suggesting that it is completely fine for Apple to make a “business decision” which compromises the user experience of its products, yet it would be “bad” if Google made a business decision to provide one of its core products a competitive advantage against Apple? All that because of Google’s mission statement?

    Apple consistently make business decisions that impact their products’ user experience in order to undermine their competitors, despite the fact that the company has become famous for providing the best experiences for its users, and you do not seem to have an issue with that. Yes, you suggest Google should try to strong arm Apple to become more open, but you do not offer criticism for Apple’s policies on par with your potential disappointment in Google should their drive to compete prove real.

    I fail to understand the obvious disparity and bias of most online publications when it comes to Apple. It is becoming very old now.

  • ESPInfo

    Google has everything to gain by leaving Maps out of the iOS store.

    1) People may consider their Android-based phones going forward.
    2) People will look upon Apple poorly since they made the decision to get rid of Google Maps.

    What exactly does Google have to gain? Not money. Not brand name – everyone already knows that Google Maps is superior.

    Maybe Apple should pay Google to bring their app to their marketplace. “We’re sorry Google. We had no idea how hard maps are to create for the entire world. Please forgive us. Here is a bunch of money.” Haha.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100003500496227 Ivan Petrov

    Apple or Android phone? The mobile OS war has long been a two-player contest, with Apple iOS and Google Android , but I think IPHONE THE BEST http://nas.myftp.org/ios-6-versus-android-jelly-bean/

  • jnffarrell1

    As I see it the deal breaker came when Apple requested a Change Order putting turn by turn navigation into Apple’s outdated but virtually free Google Map. Google said OK but we want our logo on it since from day one we put the smarts in smart phone and you give us no credit. Apple balked because the don’t believe IT’S the WWW STUPID.

  • http://irez.me/ Vaneeesa Blaylock

    Many of today’s tech giants were started by university drop outs with utopian and/or vaguely socialist leanings. In every case those days are long gone. These are the richest companies on the face of the earth today.

    Unlike our cell carriers who send us huge bills for crappy service, Google gives us amazing products almost always for no charge. So we have a tendency to love Google. And we should, to some degree, love the ingenuity of all these companies. But there’s no altruism here, it’s big stakes business. Even the much touted Google China pullout was, from my perspective, a business decision wrapped in a human rights flag.

    As for Apple, now that they’ve essentially succeeded in single-corproration-edly killing Flash, and let’s be clear, though great, HTML5 is NOT a Flash replacement, now they set their sights on killing Google Maps.

    Together Apple and Adobe changed the world. Remember Boris Yeltsin holed up in a hotel and using Pagemaker and an Apple Laserwriter running Warnock & Geschke’s Postcript language to write his daily newsletters as he presided over what might retroactively be called The Soviet Spring?

    Together Apple and Google changed the world. Now, having survived a quarter-century on the brink of extinction, Apple, in the world’s greatest Cinderella story, is the number one market cap corporation in the world. Like a victorious but aging king, or perhaps like an aging queen in the mirror, Apple seems intent on destroying everyone else in the field, no matter how much it harms their customers.

    The Walt Disney Company has given the world a draconian IP regime that guarantees that no one will ever again be able to build a career the way Walt Disney himself once did. And similarly Apple is determined to exploit it hegemony in the mobile market to scorch the earth for all competitors, no matter how many users get incinerated along the way.

    Google is far from “good” and as users our only hope is to try to maintain an uneasy balance of terror between these self-interested giants, still, given Apple’s power and aggressiveness, I, for myself, am convinced that the best medium term hope for some degree of user freedom is to support Android devices.