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  • Google's Eric Schmidt Really Wants Apple to Make Google Maps the Default iOS Maps App


    Google’s Eric Schmidt apparently still really wants Apple to use Google Maps as the default navigation application for iOS on the iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. In a conference early Tuesday with AllThingsD, Schmidt had stated:

    Quote Originally Posted by Eric Schmidt
    We would still really like them to use our maps. It would be easy for them to take the app in the store and put it as their basic one.
    With iOS 6, Apple turned to TomTom and others to create their own Maps application. Google released their own Google Maps application in the App Store in December of last year, which blew the iOS 5 and older version of Google Maps out of the water in terms of user interface and features. Google Maps is a free download in the App Store.

    Schmidt feels that Apple could easily take the existing Google Maps application, which exists in Apple’s App Store for free, and make it the default Maps application in iOS like they had done in iOS 5 and earlier. Knowing Apple, this isn't likely to happen. Apple is taking steps to continually improve their own Maps application.

    Even though Google Maps may not be getting the default Maps treatment on iOS any time soon, it’s still available for free in Apple’s App Store for anyone that wants to use it instead of Apple’s Maps.

    Sources: CNET
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Google Really Wants Apple to Make Google Maps the Default iOS Maps App started by Anthony Bouchard View original post
    Comments 19 Comments
    1. Scotty Manley Silberhorn's Avatar
      Scotty Manley Silberhorn -
      I’ve notice when I’m using google maps, it’s not locally accurate. It can get you within a mile of the place you want to get to but apple maps is more accurate with local businesses around where I live. If they could only implement a speedometer it would be great!
    1. Norb's Avatar
      Norb -
      Yeah I'm sure they would, so they can put Apple in another corner somewhere in the future. Apple didn't just stop using Google maps simply because they felt like it. Google was not allowing basic features like turn-by-turn. Apple needs to continue where it's at with their maps and just keep improving it. Too little too late Schmidt...
    1. Netherscourge's Avatar
      Netherscourge -
      Quote Originally Posted by Norb View Post
      Yeah I'm sure they would, so they can put Apple in another corner somewhere in the future. Apple didn't just stop using Google maps simply because they felt like it. Google was not allowing basic features like turn-by-turn. Apple needs to continue where it's at with their maps and just keep improving it. Too little too late Schmidt...
      Apples' Maps are inferior to Google Maps. Apple intentionally replaced a high-quality map program with a crappy one, just to spite a business competitor. In the end, Apples' own customers are treated poorly by Apple themselves.

      Well, most of us anyway.

      My phone is Jailbroken and I use Browser Changer to make Google Maps my Default Maps program.

      Screw Tim Cook.
    1. Anthony Bouchard's Avatar
      Anthony Bouchard -
      Quote Originally Posted by Netherscourge View Post
      Apples' Maps are inferior to Google Maps. Apple intentionally replaced a high-quality map program with a crappy one, just to spite a business competitor. In the end, Apples' own customers are treated poorly by Apple themselves.

      Well, most of us anyway.

      My phone is Jailbroken and I use Browser Changer to make Google Maps my Default Maps program.

      Screw Tim Cook.
      You realize Google refused to license Apple with turn-by-turn navigation right?

      If Apple didn't make the jump, Google would have had no reason to create the awesome Google Maps app you're using right now. The iOS 5 and earlier Maps application (Google Maps-powered) was inferior to both current choices.
    1. ABOSWORTH's Avatar
      ABOSWORTH -
      When it first came out, Apple maps sucked bad! I've found that it seems to be getting better now though. It's going to take some time for Apple maps to catch up to Google maps. I still prefer the free google maps app in the app store over the apple maps though. There is no way apple is going to go back to google maps after all the time and money they've spent on their own maps.
    1. Norb's Avatar
      Norb -
      Quote Originally Posted by Anthony Bouchard View Post
      You realize Google refused to license Apple with turn-by-turn navigation right?

      If Apple didn't make the jump, Google would have had no reason to create the awesome Google Maps app you're using right now. The iOS 5 and earlier Maps application (Google Maps-powered) was inferior to both current choices.
      I love Schmidt is trying to act like some good guy... he knows most average consumers don't know the facts so he is using that to his advantage.
    1. trek-life's Avatar
      trek-life -
      Quote Originally Posted by Norb View Post
      Yeah I'm sure they would, so they can put Apple in another corner somewhere in the future. Apple didn't just stop using Google maps simply because they felt like it. Google was not allowing basic features like turn-by-turn. Apple needs to continue where it's at with their maps and just keep improving it. Too little too late Schmidt...
      This is the most intelligent and informed response on this subject.
    1. 5kylar's Avatar
      5kylar -
      Well as long as I have a maps app that works great I really don't care too much where it comes from and if it's embedded right into my iOS or not. I mean really, what's 2mins to go download an app? At the end of the day Apple's smart phones do the same as everything else and more if your not Jailed
    1. TechnoUniversity's Avatar
      TechnoUniversity -
      Screw both of them! I use GPS Drive which is far better than both Apple and Google Map.
    1. PokemonDesigner's Avatar
      PokemonDesigner -
      Google Maps is terrible. The Apple one is almost perfect (in my opinion). I've used both to get to the same place and Apple's was the only one able to get me there. If Google wants Apple back they should just work together on a new YouTube app that actually works properly.
    1. Villebilly's Avatar
      Villebilly -
      Was not happy with the Google Maps on iOS 5 and couldn't understand why they wouldn't update them for things like TBT and being able to see multiple pins that I have dropped near one another.
    1. edwilk55's Avatar
      edwilk55 -
      I've had no problems with Apple's maps when navigating. I like the voice better than Google's and I like the look/feel better. The only thing I like about Google's app is it gives you the time/distance button in the bottom right for a searched item and a quick click to get there.
    1. Perceptum's Avatar
      Perceptum -
      Quote Originally Posted by Anthony Bouchard View Post
      You realize Google refused to license Apple with turn-by-turn navigation right?

      If Apple didn't make the jump, Google would have had no reason to create the awesome Google Maps app you're using right now. The iOS 5 and earlier Maps application (Google Maps-powered) was inferior to both current choices.
      I am amazed how so many people are blind to the point you just made.
    1. Norb's Avatar
      Norb -
      Stuck at work late at night, figured I'd do something productive.

      What do you guys think?

      Attachment 632857

      Yes the Galaxy Mega is a real thing:
      http://gizmodo.com/5994357/samsungs-...zed-smartphone
    1. vinaygoel2000's Avatar
      vinaygoel2000 -
      If this app would let me attach a photo, I'd show how ugly Google Maps is in comparison to Apple Maps. Keep getting "you may not have permission to do this action".
    1. Painkiller006's Avatar
      Painkiller006 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Norb View Post
      Stuck at work late at night, figured I'd do something productive.

      What do you guys think?

      Attachment 632857

      Yes the Galaxy Mega is a real thing:
      Samsung's New Galaxy Mega: 6.3 Inches of Oversized Smartphone
      Ah yes, the Mega phone. Great for videos, pics and reading....might as well get a damn tablet if your gonna get something that big. The Note II is big enough and not bad. As far as the Schmidt pic, I would of gone with the head of Samsung and not Google, makes more sense to me. Unless it was a Nexus device.
    1. brownlace's Avatar
      brownlace -
      Quote Originally Posted by Anthony Bouchard View Post
      You realize Google refused to license Apple with turn-by-turn navigation right?

      If Apple didn't make the jump, Google would have had no reason to create the awesome Google Maps app you're using right now. The iOS 5 and earlier Maps application (Google Maps-powered) was inferior to both current choices.
      Thank you Bouchard!!! Where are you from by the way?
    1. CZroe's Avatar
      CZroe -
      Has Google realized that they haven't made an iPad version yet? Or have they?
    1. KingRedmer's Avatar
      KingRedmer -
      All I know is google maps will reroute me when I miss a turn. Apple maps will reroute me back to where I missed the turn, and I can't stand that. Maybe there's a setting I don't know about.