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Google Street View coming to iOS6... sort of... maybe

by Alistair Lowe on 28 September 2012, 09:52

Tags: Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL), Google (NASDAQ:GOOG)

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It's now been over a week since the release of iOS 6 and the Apple Maps app remains very broken. We posted an article on some of the more interesting artefacts on launch day and, though elements have improved since, there are still many errors, with the most common in the UK appearing to be poor and heavily pixelated satellite imagery.

It's perhaps then, no surprise that many users are looking to maps.google.com as an alternative, however, on the iPhone's Safari web-browser, not all functionality is currently present; Voice Navigation and Street View are missing. It could be quite some time before anyone sees voice navigation on Google's web-browser maps service, as the feature is currently limited to native applications, however Street View is a different matter and it's suggested by the New York Times, that Google is working on making this service compatible with Safari Mobile and that it will launch in two weeks.

Apple Maps Errors

Meanwhile, during a trip to Japan, Google exec, Eric Schmidt, squashed hope of a native Google Maps app any-time soon; "we haven't done anything yet." he stated. The New York Times, however, has suggested that an app is now in the works and will be available before the end of the year and, that Google's unpreparedness was caused by Apple providing the firm with notice that it would be ditching the Maps provider only three months ago.

If Google is working on a Maps app, it's certainly in no rush; Eric went on to state that "Apple is the exception, and the Android system is the common model, which is why our market share is so much higher," adding that success was often ignored by the media, which he said was “obsessed with Apple’s marketing events and Apple’s branding.”

Summarising his point in one sentence, Eric stated "That's great for Apple but the numbers are on our side." Reminding us that Google makes its money from advertisement and search and, that it's all about the number of users, not which device they connect from. From Google's point-of-view, Android offers a user-base and thus advertising profit, almost three times that of the Apple mobile community.



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If I was Google I would just let Apple sort out their own mess. Apple are blatently trying to cut their ties with other companies, such as their reliance on Samsung hardware so they can sue them to death. Google should just hold out and let Apple struggle with their app instead of offering their own app… unless of course they are going to charge a large premium for it, which I doubt Apple would let them do.
KrisWragg
If I was Google I would just let Apple sort out their own mess. Apple are blatently trying to cut their ties with other companies, such as their reliance on Samsung hardware so they can sue them to death. Google should just hold out and let Apple struggle with their app instead of offering their own app… unless of course they are going to charge a large premium for it, which I doubt Apple would let them do.
I have to say to respectfully disagree. The way much of the world is going seems to be about demonstrating a willingness to work with others, on many different scales.
In the IT tech world, we have seem time and time again monopolies commissions give companies a tough time for trying to do things their own way, so being willing to work with rivals mitigates against this, as well as potentially being good for customers (although not always)
KrisWragg
If I was Google I would just let Apple sort out their own mess. Apple are blatently trying to cut their ties with other companies, such as their reliance on Samsung hardware so they can sue them to death. Google should just hold out and let Apple struggle with their app instead of offering their own app… unless of course they are going to charge a large premium for it, which I doubt Apple would let them do.

No no no.

Google should seek to provide cross-platform web apps that work on any device and undermine vendor lock-ins and walled gardens, this will drive more traffic to their ad streams and create a public good-will - “thank f**k for Google” they'll all say “Apple screwed me, Google rescued me, perhaps I'll jump ship from iTat next time I buy now I don't rely on native apps… perhaps I'll buy an Android and get more Googley goodness”
From Google's point-of-view, Android offers a user-base and thus advertising profit, almost three times that of the Apple mobile community.

I find this article a little contradictory. As is said, Google makes its money from advertisements and search, meaning that it's all about the number of users, not where they connect from. Hence it IS sensible for Google to be working on an iOS app.

Furthermore, Android may have three times the user base of iOS, but I promise you that the number of users who actually make heavy use of Maps and other online applications is much closer to even.
Apple maps is poor IMO so happy to see this happen