Accordingly, “Google Maps” on the iPhone is not exactly that. Google provides the local data and some other things but Apple dictates and controls the ultimate user experience. Apple controls mapping on iOS I had logically assumed that we weren’t seeing all the cool Google Maps updates and features (i.e., indoor navigation) on the iPhone because Google was withholding them for competitive reasons: to boost Android. This theory of mine may be quite inaccurate. When Google Navigation was first introduced in November 2009, Vic Gundotra (then working on mobile) said that Google would bring Navigation to the iPhone when Apple was ready (there were also some technical issues at the time). Three years later it hasn’t shown up (maybe it got lost on the way). Seriously, what if Apple was actually the company that didn’t want a full-featured version of Google Maps on the iPhone? But why? Maybe it’s Apple that wanted a weaker “Google … [Read more...] about Will Apple’s Move Bring A Real & Perhaps Better Google Maps To iOS?
Apple has been busy scooping up mapping companies over the past three years. So it was only a matter of time before Cupertino decided it would replace Google Maps with its own product. That’s apparently what’s going to happen when Apple releases iOS 6 later this year, according to the 9to5Mac blog. “Trusted sources” cited Citing “trusted sources” the blog says that Apple will completely control the back end and that the new mapping experience will be “much cleaner, faster, and [a] more reliable experience” than what currently exists. Google has been steadily improving Maps for Android but Google Maps on the iPhone has languished and is very anemic by comparison. Perhaps Google knew that one day its Maps would be booted off the iPhone (see Steve Jobs’ “thermonuclear war” comment). Accordingly it may have decided not to invest further in iOS maps. Yet the company also regards its advanced mapping capabilities on Android, … [Read more...] about Report: Apple Replacing Google Maps With Own Product In iOS 6
Google is inviting various media organizations to see “the next dimension of Google Maps” at an event next week in San Francisco. And the timing is just as interesting as what Google plans to show. The event will take place on June 6th, just days before Apple is expected to ditch Google Maps during its June 11 keynote at the Apple WWDC event (also in San Francisco). The Maps app that’s on iOS now uses Google Maps, but pales in comparison to the experience that Google Maps offers on Android and the desktop. Apple has been acquiring mapping technology companies over the past few years, and has already started moving away from Google Maps in its iPhoto software. Enter next week’s Google event. It doesn’t appear to be a specific product announcement, but rather a big picture preview of what Google has in store for Google Maps. As the invite says: At this invitation-only press gathering, Brian McClendon, VP of Google Maps and Google Earth, will give you a … [Read more...] about With iOS Status On The Ropes, Google To Show “Next Dimension” Of Google Maps
Facebook’s CTO for the past three years is stepping down. Bret Taylor has created a handful of successful products, and is leaving Facebook to start a new venture. Taylor announced the departure on a public Facebook wall post. In the post he states that he is “excited to be starting a company with my friend Kevin Gibbs.” No details on what this company is. This is the first major departure of a Facebook officer post-IPO. Taylor was one of the co-creators of Google Maps and left Google to join Benchmark Capital. At Benchmark, he teamed up with another former Googler, Jim Norris, to create FriendFeed. Of course FriendFeed was snatched up by Facebook back in 2009 for $50 million when he became CTO. At Facebook he led the creation of Open Graph, App Center and Facebook Camera. In his departing message he stated: I’ve learned more than I ever imagined in my time at Facebook. I’m also extremely grateful … [Read more...] about Facebook CTO (And Former Creator of Google Maps & FriendFeed) Bret Taylor Steps Down
It’s been a week since Google released its first ever YouTube app for the iPhone and iPad. It’s now the top free app in iTunes and may be a harbinger of what will happen with the expected Google Maps app. YouTube Loses Default Status It may sound odd to some that YouTube is new to Apple’s iOS devices as an app, but that’s because it hasn’t needed to be until now. With iOS 6, which will be installed on the iPhone 5 and available as an upgrade for many older versions of the iPhone and iPad, YouTube is no longer a default application. When news that YouTube was being dropped became clear in August, some saw it as a problem for Google. I, along with some others, figured it would be an opportunity. As I wrote back then: It seems pretty likely that Google will release its own YouTube app when iOS 6 comes out. If so, that might actually benefit Google, rather than the dropping of Apple’s own YouTube app being a big casualty for Google, as I’ve seen … [Read more...] about YouTube Is Top Free App In iTunes Charts; Google Maps To Be Next?