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  • Google Says They'll Release Nav for iPhone... If Apple Lets Them


    Google announced earlier today that they would release a beta of Google Maps Navigation, a free service bundled with Google Maps for Android 2.0 when the new Motorola Droid phone is launched by Verizon next week. Google said that they would be willing to bring it to the iPhone, but implied Apple was standing in the way.

    Google Maps Navigation will be a feature of Google Maps on the Droid, providing such functions as turn-by-turn directions, voice recognition and Google Street View.

    "Mobile platforms--Android and others--are so powerful now that you can build client apps that can do magical things connected to the cloud," Google CEO Eric Schmidt said.

    Google said they would be working with Apple on bringing the app to the iPhone. Vic Gundotra, vice president of engineering at Google, said that the development process was different in this case because Google Maps is a built-in iPhone application, he said. He also indicated the software has “stringent” hardware requirements and may not run on older Android phones.

    Google and Apple have come into conflict recently over a number of apps - like Google Voice and Google Latitude - that Apple claims duplicate the "core functionality of the iPhone. Google Maps Navigation may fall into the same category.

    "Apple is a close partner," a Google spokesperson told AppleInsider Wednesday. "Millions of users experience Google Maps on the iPhone. We will continue to work with Apple to bring innovation, including Latitude and Navigation, to users but you'll have to speak to Apple about availability."

    Google is also unclear on whether existing Android phones will be able to run Google Maps Navigation even after they are upgraded to Android 2.0. Gundotra indicated that would depend on the carrier and on the particular phone manufacturer.
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Google Says They'll Release Nav for iPhone... If Apple Lets Them started by Paul Daniel Ash View original post
    Comments 52 Comments
    1. torturedsoul802's Avatar
      torturedsoul802 -
      Hmmm, wonder if I can rip this off the Droid ROM and put it on my HTC Dream
    1. mawells787's Avatar
      mawells787 -
      this app would be awesome, i wonder if it would work on the 3G since the hardware is from 1999 compared to the 3GS.

      i don't think apple would make too much of a big deal about this if they do than F*** apple.
    1. Channan's Avatar
      Channan -
      Quote Originally Posted by Kariya9mdoa View Post
      You guys are just concentrating on the app being free and yes it would be free but there is one catch. You have to connected to the internet. So a 2 hour trip would run your data bill up and up. At least with the current apps the maps are on the iphone, this is not.

      And what happens when you lose your signal like most of us know that this happens fairly regularly you will be screwed. So i am not worried cause i like the nav apps that are available now. Yes they might not have all the features that this would have but who cares about the bells and whistles when the you have something that just works with out having to run up your data allowance.
      A 2 hour trip might use up a few MB. It wouldn't be THAT much. Not much more than the Maps app already uses for directions.

      And Google already thought of that problem. It pre-loads your course and temporarily stores it on your phone, so if you lose signal, it still shows the map. Worst case senario is you go way off course, off the pre-loaded map, and drive until you get a signal again.
    1. bbillh77's Avatar
      bbillh77 -
      Once again a phone will come out with a feature better than the iphone then apple will suit up and release a update to jump back in front again and

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      Once again a phone will come out with a feature better than the iphone then apple will suit up and release a update to jump back in front again and
    1. Ezekiel-'s Avatar
      Ezekiel- -
      Quote Originally Posted by Kariya9mdoa View Post
      You guys are just concentrating on the app being free and yes it would be free but there is one catch. You have to connected to the internet. So a 2 hour trip would run your data bill up and up. At least with the current apps the maps are on the iphone, this is not.

      And what happens when you lose your signal like most of us know that this happens fairly regularly you will be screwed. So i am not worried cause i like the nav apps that are available now. Yes they might not have all the features that this would have but who cares about the bells and whistles when the you have something that just works with out having to run up your data allowance.
      IF you read the actual release, the data is acutally cached on your phone. so in the case that you do lose your connection you still have your directions. As far as data usage is concerned tomtom EATS batteries and data, so does any other app. I think it would be a great addition to the iphone, but I am on board with alot of other people. we are constantly at war with apple about features, Thinks are going to come to a screeching halt soon, Apple has a lot of catch up to play. Also lets say apple does reject it. Thats going to spark another flair for the FCC to jump in and do another babysitting job and get Apple to act right.
    1. gazapo's Avatar
      gazapo -
      Quote Originally Posted by bbillh77 View Post
      Once again a phone will come out with a feature better than the iphone then apple will suit up and release a update to jump back in front again and

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      Once again a phone will come out with a feature better than the iphone then apple will suit up and release a update to jump back in front again and
      Haha this is the truth!

      I actually finally bought a nuvi yesterday. Too fed up with the crap gps on the iphone and missing turns. Google is stepping up to the plate and putting it on Apple to deliver. In the past I would have said Apple would jump on it to make their customers happy. Unfortunately that just isn't the case anymore. They've forgotten what they used to be and what got them to where they are now.
    1. ihaveabu's Avatar
      ihaveabu -
      the moment google decides to publish all their apps on cydia is the day apple shits itself
    1. wolverinemarky's Avatar
      wolverinemarky -
      would be nice for apple to allow this but we all have to remember they gobbled up that gps company a month or so ago so next iphone may not even have google maps on it
    1. ZionSV's Avatar
      ZionSV -
      I have been an apple fanboy for years and and iPhone user since the release of the original and I'm really starting to get fed up with apple. I'm tired of jailbreaking every damn OS update just so the phone can do what it's supposed to. I'm seriously considering switching to this droid, just to stop all the hassle... The ONLY thing (so far) that will stop me, is if the plan is more expensive for the same things.
    1. sziklassy's Avatar
      sziklassy -
      Why is everyone saying it will never happen? Really what incentive does Apple have to make it NOT happen? Before we going pointing fingers at Apple, notice how it says they IMPLIED Apple might not allow it...
    1. applekid80's Avatar
      applekid80 -
      if apple does not allow this, then i will kill!
    1. mikerlx's Avatar
      mikerlx -
      Heck, if your planning a 2 hour trip and you need this app your better off staying home. You would be better off printing out a map and marking with a yellow highlighter then pack for the trip. As I have mentioned, I am tired of jailbreaking, but my only option would be to just save my pennies for a factory unlocked iphone.
    1. seraph1024's Avatar
      seraph1024 -
      Quote Originally Posted by sziklassy View Post
      Why is everyone saying it will never happen? Really what incentive does Apple have to make it NOT happen? Before we going pointing fingers at Apple, notice how it says they IMPLIED Apple might not allow it...
      It's called business logic.

      1. Apple has people like tom-tom here in US and European Appstore. They make money selling such products. If google does this for free, people like Tom-Tom will lose their product on appstore. If you have not realized, the moment google announced this, germin's stocks fell.
      2. Apple just bought their own mapping and geolocation company a few months back. If anything, they will probably swap out maps(google) with their own version soon.

      I'll think of a few reasons later.

      Guys and girls,

      If you have not realise yet, the person who posted the 2 hour trip and data usage is a user from Australia. In many countries, they have data limits and they pay per amount of data use unlike all you can eat data plans in the US. Thus, we pay a premium in cellphone rates but get all the data. They pay lower monthly usage costs.
    1. aekhamsouk's Avatar
      aekhamsouk -
      apple is f-ing lame! if this bull keeps up, i'm switching to android!

      stop being ******* apple!!!! you're like the kid who won't share the ball because you aren't captain...
    1. Rescuer's Avatar
      Rescuer -
      since the iphone is only on AT&T still, then this free app will interfere with at&t's monthly subscription nav app
    1. algojobathosai's Avatar
      algojobathosai -
      i doubt apple will allow it.
    1. Meglomaniac's Avatar
      Meglomaniac -
      not just the gps manufacturers will lose money dont forget the 30 or so % apple takes from every buy.

      so apple loses money then to other then that a turn by turn gps is not in the core blabla whatever so i dont thinkthey can reject it on that.

      but if it costs them money they will find a reason
    1. billchase2's Avatar
      billchase2 -
      Really hoping this happens...
    1. Sleekdeke's Avatar
      Sleekdeke -
      Apple won't be rushing to put this new nav app on its phones as long as its free.

      Either way, the bar has been raised with the introduction of Google's nav app. I can't imagine Apple not coming out with something as good or better on the iPhone that will allow it to beat the competition.

      We'll see.
    1. Poseidon79's Avatar
      Poseidon79 -
      Why is it that everone with less than 100 posts is so quick to judge.. Be extremely negative.. Not think critically.. And use bad language...? Geez