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(The Verge)   Google exec refutes Google engineer, says Google Maps app will not made available to iPhone users. This is apparently what happens when you want to give your users turn-based directions   ( theverge.com) divider line
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2012-09-25 12:23:21 PM  
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KierzanDax: zedster: Nem Wan: Google quickly produced a standalone YouTube app for iOS when they lost Apple's preinstalled app. Google makes many other apps for iOS. There is going to be a Google Maps app.

Google makes a lot more money from Youtube than from Maps. Also Apple will ban any app that they feel replicates a feature built into the OS. I doubt the would block Google Maps but you never know. Google gains more from now having a killer feature on Android that iOS lacks than by creating a maps app for iOS.

I agree there is no upside for Google for producing a stand-alone map app for IOS. But, if they do make one, Apple won't ban it. Map Quest has an IOS app that had the missing feature everyone wanted: vocal turn by turn directions, and it has lived along side the default mapping app with no problems.

But when the MapQuest app was released there wasn't a native turn by turn app for the iPhone, now that that's changed it seems less likely they'll allow an app that directly competes with one of their biggest additions their OS.
2012-09-25 11:29:14 AM  
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