Google has “Amazing” Map Plans for iPhone, iPad

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Even though Apple is replacing Google’s mapping services in iOS 6 with its own, the Internet search giant said it still has plans to bring what company vice president of commerce, Jeff Huber, called an “amazing Google Maps experience” to the iPhone.

Mr. Huber shared that information in comments to a Google blog post he wrote about an Google Maps Street View exhibit at the Computer History Museum.

Google has Google has “amazing” plans for iOS maps

“Just REALLY hope all this hard work is sill appreciable from an iOS device,” William Dowell said in the blog post comments. “I can assure you that just because some of us have iPhones and iPads doesn’t mean we don’t prefer Google Maps over the elementary stuff Apple is said to be proposing.”

Mr. Huber responded with, “We look forward to providing amazing Google Maps experiences on iOS.”

Apple confirmed rumors that it was dropping Google’s map service in favor of its own system during a preview of iOS 6 during the company’s Worldwide Developers Conference keynote presentation earlier this month. Apple said its map service will include “Apple-designed cartography,” with vector-based map elements that Apple says will look better, turn-by-turn navigation, crowd-sourced traffic information, and a flyover mode with photo-realistic 3D views.

The Apple-based map system is supposed to offer better performance on iOS devices compared to Google’s maps.

iOS 6 is scheduled for a fall release.

Mr. Huber didn’t say exactly what Google has planned for its iOS map offerings, but it seems likely the company is working on a new iPhone and iPad-native app.

[Thanks to 9to5Mac for the heads up. Some image elements courtesy Shutterstock.]

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12 Comments Leave Your Own

Bosco (Brad Hutchings)

The Apple-based map system is supposed to offer better performance on iOS devices compared to Google?s maps.

That sounds like a real bonus for iOS users, LOL. Meanwhile, Google is rolling out services that even small businesses can affordably tap into, such as Google Maps Coordinate. Run of the mill features like managing an entire mobile workforce for $15/user per month. Turn by turn directions and real-time traffic are like so two years ago now!

skipaq

Been using turn by turn nav for more than two years. On my iPhone 4 it works just fine. As for Google Maps; It won’t be missed at all. Their support on the iPhone has been lacking. No! I have no interest in a droid phone.

haywire

Nothing like a little kick in the butt to get Google off its rear end. iOS has not been treated well by that great advertiser in the sky.

Don

Getting realtime news from any location is an amazing new map experience. I’m using “World In The Hands” on iPhone, very interesting concept intersecting Google Maps & Google News.

MacFrogger

Re: “Google has ?Amazing? Map Plans for iPhone, iPad”

Of course they do, now that Apple has decided to give them the boot as the default maps app. Because come this Fall, unless they give iOS users a darn good reason to download and continue to use their Maps app, Google stands to lose a great deal of $$. IMO, treating iOS users as second class citizens was a pretty dumb move on the part of Google mgmt.

In contrast, it was an incredibly smart move for Apple to respond by developing its own Maps app (mostly via strategic acquisitions, of course).  By forcing Google into a competition with Apple for the iOS user’s need for mapping info, all iOS users will ultimately benefit by having two great maps apps to choose from on the platform.

RonMacGuy

Nothing like a little kick in the butt to get Google off its rear end. iOS has not been treated well by that great advertiser in the sky.

To be fair, haywire, the way iOS has been treated by google has been as much Apple’s fault as google’s.  Apple wasn’t willing to pay for the ‘latest and greatest’ from google for their map technology.  Google was making a ton in licensing fees off of Apple for each iOS device sold with google maps on it. Some have said that google makes 4 times as much off Apple than it does off android.

Great article here from early June.  And I quote from the article:

Apple?s move has caught Google not just off-guard, it?s put the search giant into a total panic. Need proof? Look no further than Google?s debacle of an emergency announcement today, in which they unveiled ?the next dimension of Google Maps.?

During this announcement, Google coincidentally announced their own 3D Maps solution? coincidentally enough, just five days before Apple?s expected to unveil theirs. Oh, and they showed it working on an iPad instead of an Android tablet? and their app was so hacked together it crashed numerous times during the presentation.

Can anyone say ?rushed??

The whole event just screamed panic on Google?s part. After all, the search giant is having its own massive event, Google I/O, in just three weeks, at the same Moscone Center Apple will be holding WWDC 2012 next week. Why would Google hold their own Maps event three weeks before Google I/O if they weren?t in damage control mode?

And that iPad! Google?s got its own mobile operating system, Android, and they have been desperately trying to get people to buy Android tablets. So why is Google showing off their new 3D Maps technology on an iPad first, instead of an Ice Cream Sandwich tablet?

The answer?s self-evident. Google wants to send the message that even after Apple dumps them next Monday, their apps will still work on iOS. Sure, they won?t be baked into the core operating system anymore, but you?ll still be able to download them from the App Store.

The number of crashes that Google experienced while showing off the app during the presentation makes it look liket they literally just hacked together an iPad app to show off in the last few weeks, after they got an early heads-up that Apple was severing their business relationship.

I love it.  Does google actually believe there will be a significant amount of people willing to still use their maps on iOS devices?  So, what they have been charging Apple for use they will now have to give away for free in the hopes that iOS users will still use their map app to help support google’s advertising garbage.

Strongly suggest reading the article!!

RonMacGuy

And here’s a link to the video of the new and improved google iOS app crashing on the iPad.  “Duh, this is a technology demonstration, so, hmpt, duh, what do I do to fix this?  I guess just keep hitting it until it works…”

LMFAO.

All google can do is stand and watch as their revenue from Apple spirals down the toilet.  But hey, maybe android tablets will someday actually sell and take share away from that ‘declining and mostly irrelevant’ iPad…

Terrin

To be fair, haywire, the way iOS has been treated by google has been as much Apple?s fault as google?s.? Apple wasn?t willing to pay for the ?latest and greatest? from google for their map technology.? Google was making a ton in licensing fees off of Apple for each iOS device sold with google maps on it. Some have said that google makes 4 times as much off Apple than it does off android.

I don’t think Apple is to blame any more than Google. Much like with Facebook, Apple didn’t want to give Google access to iPhone users identifying information. Consequently, some of Google’s offerings to the iPhone were limited. For instance, turn by turn.

Apple doesn’t trust Google. It is that simple. I also haven’t read that Apple pays Google anything directly. The reverse is true. Google pays Apple for iOS based search results using Google, which Google makes money to pay through advertising.

Apple, however, was probably a victim of Google’s recent policy that is about faced on. Namely, charging large users of its maps a increased fee to use the service.

Apple using its own maps essentially puts an important part of the phone experience back in Apple’s hands. It is also nice to see Apple incorporating third parties like Yelp into its maps. Google would just copy the service and unfairly rank its own service higher in its search rankings.

RonMacGuy

Apple doesn?t trust Google. It is that simple.

  And I say, for good reason!!

All good points, Terrin.  I look forward to installing iOS 6.

RonMacGuy

If google maps is so advanced, why does google feel the need to vandalize others who are working on open source maps?

Evil.  So evil!!

trrll

Been using turn by turn nav for more than two years. On my iPhone 4 it works just fine. As for Google Maps; It won?t be missed at all. Their support on the iPhone has been lacking.

I’ll certainly miss the bus and subway routes from Maps. I have other apps that will tell me when a particular bus or train is due, but Maps is the only one I’ve seen that will give me an entire route. I hope that Google or another 3rd party will fill the gap.

stilep

I heard apple was using tom tom in some way, is that still correct?  This might not apply, but i know there is no comparison between google maps on my phone and standalone tom tom device.  That thing regularly directs me to a dead end street that is supposedly a restaurant, tells me to turn the wrong direction on one- way streets and contantly wants me to make illegal uturns.  I often have to whip my phone out to get where i wanted to go.

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