It’s interesting to see how various tech companies relate to one another. We all know the layout between Apple and Google, but it’s the bigger picture that’s the most intriguing. Google’s main goal is to get their services to as many people as possible, and that’s why they support iOS so well. Just a couple of weeks ago though, Google sent out a report to the media that they were pessimistic a Google Maps app would be approved by Apple. It seemed like a ploy in the media, as logic dictates that all of the other Google apps have been approved, and there are tons of third party navigation apps.
Then, a couple of days ago Nokia announced their free maps app HERE would be coming to iOS and Android in a couple of weeks. Google then made a 180, and sent information to the Wall Street Journal, and the new report states that Google is putting the finishing touches on their Google Maps app for iOS. Nokia pushed Google’s hand, and the result is that iOS users will get dedicated Maps apps from Nokia and Google in the coming weeks in addition to all of the other App Store apps, and Apple Maps. iOS users get all the choice, and it’s good news to hear. As the report states,
Google has distributed a test version of its new mapping app that will work on Apple’s iPhones and iPads to some individuals outside the company, said a person with direct knowledge of the matter. Google has been putting the finishing touches on the app before submitting it for approval to the Apple iTunes store, this person said, though it is unclear exactly when that will happen.
The Google Maps app for iOS is also said to have full voice guided turn-by-turn navigation, which was a major sticking point that in-part lead Apple to create their own Maps with that feature. The report has one other good nugget of information as now that Eddy Cue is in charge of Maps, in addition to his role of leading iCloud, iTunes, and Siri, he has taken a very hands-on approach in improving Apple’s Maps. He’s contributing a lot of effort on improving Apple’s own Maps, and again iOS users benefit the most.
It’s now just a matter of time until Google Maps and Nokia Maps are in the App Store.