Google Insiders 'Not Optimistic' That Apple Will Approve Google Maps App

Posted November 5, 2012 at 7:20pm by iClarified | Please help us and submit a translation by clicking here | 9323 views

Google insiders are 'not optimistic' that Apple will approve a dedicated Google Maps app for iOS, reports The Guardian.

Sources at Google familiar with its mapping plans say they are "not optimistic" that Apple will ever approve a dedicated Google Maps iOS app. Though the app is reportedly in development and should be ready to ship by the end of the year, the sources say their plans are only proceeding in "the unlikely event" that Apple will choose to approve the app.

One source told the site that hopes of being improved are slightly higher now that Scott Forstall has been ousted from his position as head of iOS.

However, the site's sources also note that Apple chose not to include apps such as Maps+ and Quick Route that offer Google Maps data to iOS users from the App Store's category for alternative maps apps.

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Crunch - November 7, 2012 at 11:32am
Boy, if you're going to apologize for your own Maps app, point out alternatives and at the same time disallow one of the very best on the grounds that it is from a competitor is silly and inconsistent. Why re-invent the wheel? While I actually like iOS Maps, I still would rather see Apple innovate on things like a 27" Retina display for a Thunderbolt display.
Baxter - November 6, 2012 at 9:52pm
Cracks me up people don't see the big picture. Whether you like iOS maps or not, the point is that YOU, the one who shelled out $ for YOUR phone, should have the CHOICE of which map app you want to use. Apple should not have a right to block Google Maps because of some crap lawyers write up. Yet, sheepish Apple followers blindly defend this moronic unjust move.
Dorin - November 6, 2012 at 4:20pm
Google should give us the app for jailbroken devices.
waterbunny - November 6, 2012 at 10:58am
15 address combinations and No Such Location later, I give. Sigh, I love Apple, but it does NOT work over here AT ALL.
waterbunny - November 6, 2012 at 10:55am
Posting from Asia. Just read this article then proceeded to search for the directions to my dinner location, which is a fairly well-known place (just far from where I live).
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