Map Search On PCs “Eroding,” Shifting To Mobile — comScore

Apple Maps iPhone It all makes sense. According to comScore, map-based search on the PC has now peaked and is starting to erode. By contrast mobile usage of mapping applications is growing and will continue to do so for the foreseeable future. Apple Maps' problems notwithstanding, smartphone mapping apps offer a better overall experience than online maps. Because they're in your pocket they're available when they're most needed: on the go. And they offer location-aware/search nearby capabilities that online maps do not. Here's what comScore recently said about the decline of PC mapping and the rise of sma [...]

Google’s iOS Maps App Appears In Leaked Screenshots

From Ben Guild we get to see some blurry native iOS Google Maps screenshots. We know the app is coming; the questions are: 1) precisely when and 2) will Apple do anything to block it? My guesses would be: 1) within the next month and 2) no. Guild says the mapping app is currently in an alpha stage. He offers some additional detail about its functionality: It’s vector-based It’s got two-finger rotation to any angle It’s super fast 4-inch height of the iPhone 5 is supported This suggests he's seen a demo or played with it himself. Here's one of the shots from Guild's blog p [...]

Google’s Schmidt: “What Apple Has Learned Is That Maps Are Really Hard”

Screen Shot 2012-10-11 at 5.15.08 AM Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt, during an interview at the 92nd Street Y in New York last night, made the case that Apple should have kept Google Maps on the iPhone. "Apple's done very well using our maps," he joked. When asked directly about a forthcoming iOS Google Maps app, Schmidt gave the familiar line that he didn't want to "pre-announce" products. He also repeated another line he's said before: "Apple would have to approve it." Multiple reports have effectively confirmed that Google is working on an iOS maps app. These reports also suggest that since the public announcemen [...]

Survey: iPhone Owners Generally “Not Affected” By Maps Issue

Hyperbole is the stock in trade of many tech bloggers and journalists. Yet beyond simply trying to grab eyeballs with exaggerated headlines, people in the tech press often get very worked up about issues that have little impact on "ordinary people." That may be the case with the so-called "Apple Maps debacle." Mike Blumenthal used the Google Consumer Survey tool last week to ask iPhone owners whether they've been affected by the documented problems with Apple Maps. The survey received 168 responses. Just over 50 percent said it's had no impact on them. A second group (23 percent) agreed [...]

Still Stuck Behind Apple’s Doors: The New Google Search App

Google Search for iOS Two months ago, Google previewed a new Google Search app that it said would be coming to iOS, bringing with it what seemed a blend of Siri and Google Now-like features. Despite being submitted to the Apple App Store back then, Apple's still not approved the app. Why not? Apple didn't have any comment, when I asked last week. When I checked with Google, it simply reiterated what it said in August, that the app has been submitted. That leaves us with guesswork about why the app remains in limbo. Too Close To Core Functionality? One guess is that Apple doesn't like that you can both talk [...]

Google Maps For Mobile: An iPhone User’s Guide

Screen Shot 2012-10-04 at 7.46.07 AM As we wait for a new native Google Maps app for iOS 6, the company has introduced Street View imagery this morning to Google Maps for the mobile web. It's another attraction that may pull Apple Maps users over on the iPhone and iPad. Below, a look at some of the key features in Google Maps For Mobile, from Street View and beyond, for especially for the iPhone users trying them for the first time. Street View The full corpus of Street View imagery is supposed to be available. Accordingly it should work for any location in the world where Street View photography exists. In general it wo [...]

Google Maps Mobile Gets Street View, Aimed At Helping iOS Users

google-maps-featured As expected, Google Maps Mobile has gained Street View photography. The move should further shore up Google as an alternative to the new Apple Maps on iOS 6, which are so inferior to the Google-powered ones on iOS 5 that Apple CEO Tim Cook apologized for them last week and suggested Google as an alternative, among other options. Google Maps, accessed through the browser, still won't be as nice as making use of an actual Google Maps app. Google lacks an app for iOS 6 users apparently because it hasn't "done anything" yet, as CEO Eric Schmidt said last week. Why hasn't it done anyth [...]

Apple Maps “Debacle” Probably Secures Google’s Default Search Position On iPhone In Perpetuity

Screen Shot 2012-10-03 at 1.09.53 PM A feature article in BusinessWeek explores the differences in Steve Jobs and Tim Cook's leadership styles and the cultural differences at Apple under the two CEOs. The article also asks the question: would Apple Maps in its current less-than-perfect form would have been released under Jobs? Buried in the article is the following line: "Jobs also discussed pulling Google search from the iPhone, but figured that customers would reject that move, according to two former Apple executives." This fear was not unfounded. In 2009, when Verizon replaced Google with Bing as the default search engi [...]

After Apple’s Apology, What’s Next For iOS 6 Maps?

apple-maps-square It's official. Apple's new Maps in iOS 6 have problems so serious that even Apple CEO Tim Cook has issued a public apology about them. What does Apple do next? Going back to Google-powered Maps is unlikely but not out-of-the-question. More likely, Apple will push through the pain. However, it could reconsider whether maps really should be a a home-built product. Ripping Out Google Previously, Maps in iOS were largely powered by Google's mapping data (and remain that way in iOS 5). Google has been building its mapping product for years, something that makes sense for a search engine. Many s [...]

Apple CEO On Maps To Customers: “Extremely Sorry” & Try Google, Bing, MapQuest Or Others

apple-maps-local-search Apple CEO Tim Cook has issued a letter apologizing for the current mediocrity of Apple Maps. The letter is striking in a couple of ways. First, it's noteworthy for its direct admission that Apple Maps "fell short" and, second, for its recommendation that people try other, competing map apps or services such as Google, Bing, Mapquest, Waze or Nokia. Here's the letter in its entirety: To our customers, At Apple, we strive to make world-class products that deliver the best experience possible to our customers. With the launch of our new Maps last week, we fell short on this commitment. We [...]

Did Motorola Use A False Address To Slam Apple Maps?

Screen Shot 2012-09-27 at 5.07.41 PM Right as all the negative Apple Maps stories were coming out, Google's Motorola division created an ad and Twitter campaign to argue that, unlike Apple Maps, Google Maps won't get you lost. The campaign #iLost, also promoted on Google+, used a specific address as an example of one that Apple wouldn't get right: 315 E 15th Street in Manhattan. As the Siri screenshot indicates, Apple Maps can't find this address. However Apple Insider says the address is a park and not a real street address at all. The blog argues that Google created a false example to make Apple look bad: The problem, [...]

Google Street View Coming To Google Maps For Mobile, For Both iOS & Android

google maps icon Just in time for those on iOS 6 wanting missing Google Street View photography, Google is bringing its street-level pictures to the mobile web version of Google Maps in two weeks. That also means, as best I can tell, these will come to the web versions of Google Maps for Android and other smartphones, too. The news came as part of a scorching review of Apple's new Maps dysfunctionality by New York Times tech writer David Pogue, who writes in part: In short, Maps is an appalling first release. It may be the most embarrassing, least usable piece of software Apple has ever unleashed. Ouch. O [...]

Everybody With A Maps App Is Piling On Apple

apple-maps-square It's a marketing tactic that's about as old as time itself: When a competitor stumbles, you turn it into opportunity for self-promotion. That's certainly been the case since the Apple Maps app stumbled out of the gate a week ago on iOS 6. Bing is the latest competitor to call for attention. The company published a new blog post today touting its Bing App for iOS -- not because it has any new features, but because "you may be holding a brand new smartphone and wondering which apps have the essential search and mapping functionality you need." Bing wants everyone to know that its existi [...]

Reports: Google Incredibly Didn’t Anticipate Being Dropped From iOS 6 Maps, “Scrambling” To Create App

google maps icon The latest twist in the tale of Google Maps coming back to the iPhone and iOS 6 devices is that Google apparently didn't anticipate that it would be dropped by Apple as a mapping data provider. As a result, it's lost time needed to create its own app. If true, that's a pretty surprising lack of foresight on Google's part. Time On The Contract Clock We reported last year that Google had renewed its deal with Apple to be a search and map data provider for iOS devices. The term of that deal, as with all deals Google's done with Apple, weren't revealed. But it was pretty likely to be a multiyear [...]

The Good & Bad Scenarios About Why Google Hasn’t “Done Anything Yet” About Google Maps For iOS

google-maps-featured Today, Google executive chairman Eric Schmidt said his company hasn't done anything yet to bring Google Maps to iOS as a standalone app. That seems to contradict Google's statement last week about wanting this to happen, as well as the company's central mission. But negotiations and contract issues yet to be revealed might be a "good" reason for the delay. The bad reason would be if Google's doing this to promote Android. Let's look at them both. How We Got Here Last week, Google Maps disappeared from being the brains inside the Maps application on the latest version of Apple's mobile opera [...]

Google On iOS 6 Maps App: “We Haven’t Done Anything Yet”

google maps icon For the past week many people have been trying to determine whether Google had built (and submitted) a replacement app for Google Maps for the iPhone. There were even some reports, now largely debunked, that Google had in fact submitted an app and it was waiting for Apple's approval. Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt seemed to definitively quash those rumors today in Tokyo. Schmidt is quoted by Bloomberg and Reuters saying, "We haven’t done anything yet with Google Maps." However he added that, if there were such an app, Cupertino would need to approve it, "It’s their choice." That [...]

Local Search Cage Match: Google Vs. Apple Maps (And Siri)

apple-google-featured Apple's iPhone 5 sales appear to be rolling along as the handset receives high praise in most reviews -- except for Maps. And as the drumbeat of criticism over Maps continues, some tech journalists wonder if this "fiasco" would have happened if Steve Jobs were still alive. The NY Times Joe Nocera calls Maps an "unmitigated disaster" and implies that Jobs would not have allowed the current Maps product to get out the door. However we'll never know the answer to that question. Jobs was a perfectionist but wasn't perfect. He made his share of miscalculations and mistakes. The iPhone 4's "anten [...]

Apple Asks For Patience, Would It Block A Google Maps App?

Screen Shot 2012-09-20 at 4.45.01 PM Apple is taking a painful public beating right now on its new mapping app. Some people are even starting to get a bit hysterical over some of its failings. It's turning into the iPhone 5's version of "antennagate." Indeed, much more negative publicity might cause some "fence sitters" to hold off on upgrading or buying the device. It's curious that the product is so glitch-ridden. One would have assumed that the company had some indication of these problems from developers who've had the new OS for several months. Yet the scale of feedback now is much greater. While Apple has thousands of [...]

Irish Politician Calls Apple’s New Maps “Dangerously Misleading” After Farm Is Labeled An Airport

ios6-map-icon The new iOS 6 Maps is out and users are starting to get their feet wet with the app. The reviews are not all that stellar. In fact, Ireland’s Minister for Justice, Alan Shatter, said Apple's new maps app in iOS 6 is "dangerously misleading." iOS 6 labels Airfield Garden as an airport! Minister Alan Shatter was pretty upset and issued a statement: I am surprised to discover that Airfield, which is in the centre of my constituency in Dundrum, has, in Apple’s new operating system iOS 6 maps application, been designated with the image of an aircraft. Airfield, a 35 acre estate wi [...]

As Google Maps Disappears In iOS 6, Google Remains Cagey About Releasing Its Own App

google-maps-featured The latest version of Apple's operating system for iPhones and iPads, iOS 6, is now out. As people upgrade, the Maps application previously powered by Google is now being replaced by Apple's own homegrown one. Not everyone's happy. Will Google release its own Google Maps app for iOS 6 users? The company, in its latest statement, remains unclear. I asked Google today if we'd be getting a Google Maps app, and if so, when and also if it would include turn-by-turn navigation. Here's what I was sent back: We believe Google Maps are the most comprehensive, accurate and easy-to-use maps in the wo [...]

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