Eric Schmidt: a Google Maps app is up to Apple

By , Sep 25, 2012

As Apple continues to take heat over its new mapping software, the question on everyone’s mind seems to be: will Google release a standalone Maps app for iOS? It’s a fair question, considering it recently published a YouTube app for the platform.

But a report that surfaced last week claiming Google had already submitted a Maps app to Apple and was awaiting approval was quickly debunked. And Eric Schmidt himself confirmed yesterday that his company hasn’t made a move yet…

Reuters (via MacRumors) reports:

“Google Inc has made no move to provide Google Maps for the iPhone 5 after Apple Inc dropped the application in favor of a home-grown but controversial alternative, Google’s Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt said…

…Schmidt said Google and Apple were in constant communication “at all kinds of levels.” But he said any decision on whether Google Maps would be accepted as an application in the Apple App Store would have to be made by Apple.”

And here’s Bloomberg, who was also at the press conference:

“We haven’t done anything yet with Google Maps,” Schmidt told reporters in Tokyo today. Apple would “have to approve it. It’s their choice,” Schmidt said, declining to say if the Mountain View, California-based company submitted an application to Apple for sale through its App Store.”

So it sounds like the two companies are talking about it, but there’s still no real confirmation on whether or not Google has an iOS Maps app in the works. You would think it would want to make sure that Apple would approve such an app before investing the time and resources into it. But then again, it could already have one ready to go.

Regardless, the ball is definitely in Apple’s court right now, as it has to decide whether or not it’s going to allow Google’s mapping software back on its mobile platform. And that’s a huge decision to have to make — especially after taking all of this criticism for getting rid of it in the first place.

What do you think Apple should do?

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  • http://twitter.com/iambhavin Bhavin Shah

    and dont forget they(apple) are yet to approve the new google search iphone app that speaks answers loud and clear.

  • http://twitter.com/nmPraveen Praveen

    I guess they will let Google maps for time being and later, say 1 year or so, remove by saying some reason. I thought Google will try to gain advantage of this iMaps problem by not providing an app. But seems like its not the case.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1109210251 Juan Vargas

    I would doubt they’ll approve it because they need users to help fix this mess

    • Iliyan Georgiev

      And they should get sued for being totalitarian. This is preposterous! Remember how Microsoft were forced to remove Internet Explorer from Windows in Europe, even though one could always install an alternative browser? How are Apple’s more restrictive regulations acceptable?

      • Hyr3m

        100% with you there. The maps app is just one of the tips of the many icebergs that should get Apple combo-sued.

      • Timothy Do

        How is that more acceptable? The iCult has been brainwashed too long and all they do is nod to whatever Apple says.

      • thor_molecules

        I love Apple products but I have to wholeheartedly agree. Nothing is ever a good idea until Apple does it, then it becomes the best thing ever.

      • thor_molecules

        Good point. I’ve always wondered how Apple is allowed to take such a hard line stance on what is/isn’t allowed on their platform, while Microsoft has been sued dozens of times over for doing the same thing.

      • No Whammy

        …cause it’s a “fair” market…you can always buy an Android phone, hahaha.

      • thor_molecules

        What a stupid comment. Of course I can always go with the competition, duh.

        My question (because you clearly didn’t read it) was how does Apple get away with a totalitarian approach to their products, when other companies have been sued and/or penalized for similar practices?

        Thats a perfectly valid question.

        If MS decided tomorrow to actively block Firefox , Safari, and Chrome from running on Windows, the DOJ would be in their ass faster than you can say “Windows Phone 8.”

      • No Whammy

        Apple doesn’t have to even offer an App Store. Is your toaster company getting heat for not allowing Mr. Coffee apps?

        …but, but, but…that’s not FAIR! Welcome to reality, chief.

      • thor_molecules

        That’s not even close to being the same thing. But seeing as I’m discussing facts, and you hypotheticals….how about we agree to disagree?

      • No Whammy

        You wanted to know why. I gave you an answer. But you’re right. You obviously know much more about antitrust law than lawyers, judges and juries.

      • thor_molecules

        No, you gave a hypothetical that doesn’t even apply to the scenario being discussed. Then, instead of debating your argument on the merit of facts, you hide behind the ol’ “you don’t know any better” argument when in fact, you don’t know me at all.

        It appears to me that common sense escapes you as does simple logic. That’s why I said we may as well end the argument — a point I must reiterate.

        Have a good night.

      • Guest

        Kill yourself.

      • http://twitter.com/purpledodi Jens Tinnerholm

        How can you not get what he is saying? Its the exact same situation. Only difference is that MS was way bigger on its market back then compared to apple today. MS made windows. Apple made iOS. MS got stomped for pushing other actors out of their platform. Apple slides away unnoticed

      • No Whammy

        How can you not get what I said? It’s been deemed a fair market, probably because you still have a choice which phone you buy.

        If you can’t accept any reasonable answers, I suggest you obtain a law degree and get to the bottom of it.

      • http://twitter.com/purpledodi Jens Tinnerholm

        You are being naive. Who said its a fair market? Has anyone bothered to take it to court? Answer is no.

      • goofygreek

        I dont think the iphone(ios) has gotten to the same point that windows did before governments started jumping in. Most government offices here in the U.S. are probably using android since they can get different(physical keyboard, bigger screen, etc.) and cheaper phones. But i would love to know why apple gets to choose what gets installed on peoples iphones. I understand blocking viruses and malware, but, google should be allowed to release what ever app they want on the iphone, just like any other company should.

  • Iliyan Georgiev

    I think it’s reasonable to assume (or at least hope) that Apple will accept a Google Maps application. Why? As far as I know, previously they had to pay Google to bundle their maps with iOS and provide mapping services to third-party apps via the mapping APIs. But now this is not the case anymore, so a standalone Google Maps application will neither be an expense to apple, nor that much of a threat to their own mapping service, which will remain the one used by the APIs. That’s my understanding. What do others think?

  • http://twitter.com/myorangeisstuck Willie

    We’re all complaining about the maps and i bet tomtom developers are laughing at us

  • http://twitter.com/nAcolz Acolz

    2 weeks after negative response from Apple. Google Maps on Cydia.
    Come on google that would rock!

  • http://www.facebook.com/xiadi Di Xia

    I think it is now a very good chance for Microsoft to release an ios version of bing map.

  • gmann21133

    I’m just wondering how many people that never use the maps on the iPhone read one of these articles, and now it seems like he most important app on the phone for them. I never saw so many people complain about maps when they were using their feature phone… I’m just saying… :-/

    • SoCoMagNuM

      i used the google maps app on my iphone very often when traveling. its important to me. but i still have access to google maps and voice navigation so im good. need not to say the device before people get bent out of shape lol. as expressed in a previous post back in iMaps beta many people complained about the app being lack luster (yes it was beta but seems in iOS GM release its still evident people want Google back) it was already established and apple took that away for a new app that though is miles ahead of what google first produced in its early years….still lacking some essentials that some travels/commuters need on the regular

      so basically its became an important feature cause its been removed and changed to something that lacking compared to what they had previously so now its more vocal. before it was there…there was really nothing to complain about other than no voice navigation on the native app.

    • thor_molecules

      You’re projecting your own experience onto others. Maps is a pretty important app regardless of what platform you use.

      My question to you would be how many users do you know that have never needed to look up an address or directions?

      And of course the first thing a person would do under those circumstances is use the built in app.

      It was never an issue before because Maps worked as most user expected.

    • No Whammy

      If smartphones didn’t have maps, I wouldn’t have a smartphone.

  • http://twitter.com/kailashtindwani Kailash Tindwani

    ther is no doubt the apple is going to push ios 6.0.1 within a short span of time and clean all the mess. then i am sure we wont be needing google maps app…

    • thor_molecules

      It’s not that simple with Maps. This will take Apple awhile to fix because the sheer volume of information that needs to be added on the back end.

      Hiring a few ex-Google employees may improve the app itself in the short term, but the data still needs to be there.

      • Iliyan Georgiev

        Oh, we wish it was only the data. The actual processing of raw, inconsistent data from various resources
        and assembling it into a usable piece of information for the final user
        is a tremendous task, which requires a lot of experience and know-how,
        which Google has acquired over many years. I think Apple are very very
        far from a product that will be able to compete with Google Maps. And I
        don’t even think they want to go that way either. They just don’t want
        to pay Google royalties for bundling GMaps with iOS, I think. Which should not stand in the way of a Google-made standalone GMaps app.

    • No Whammy

      Maps app itself doesn’t need any update to fix anything. The data is the problem and will be augmented as time goes on….just like Google’s data is constantly in flux.

  • http://twitter.com/Zach_Krase Zach Krase 

    honestly why would google want to make one for iOS? now it’s just another advantage for android phones that have google maps. why would they wanna give that back to apple when apple kicked their maps out of the software and Apple is such a big competitor for google so I feel like they shouldn’t even want to make one for iPhones…

    • thor_molecules

      Because Google doesn’t care what hardware you use, so long as you’re using their software.

    • PathKiller29

      because that way, even when you’re not using Google, you’re using Google.

  • rohta

    I suppose that a Google Maps App would work even better than the stock version made by Apple. Youtube app is here to prove that. Chrome is great.

    And, if Apple is smart, it would allow Google to do it.
    I think that is up to the customer to choose which maps service to use. The experience varies greatly from country to country. Even if in your home country is fine, what about when you are travelling?

    I doubt that people would complain about Apple maps if there is Google maps available at App Store. Apple would gain time to polish and enhance their database.

  • SimonReidy

    I hope Apple aren’t being stupid about this. Happy customers with choice are much more likely to stick with Apple. Blocking Google Maps would be a great disservice to loyal Apple fans who relied on Google Maps for information that simply isn’t available from Apple’s new mapping system,

    Apple will continue to restrict people’s choices asout the default apps they use (even though that annoys me more than anything with iOS) but I at least hope they are sensible enough to approve an app that we can use as an alternative to Apple maps for different reasons. I.e. Transit info and Street view!

    The problem I fear with Apple is they have too much pride, and will probably block a Google Maps app, as to them accepting it would mean they are admitting failure with their own app (even though that’s rubbish in the real world, as Apple could continue to improve their own system and in the meantime people could use both apps for different needs).

  • Infone

    You know what’d be neat? If Apple Maps allowed everyone to take panoramic photos (ios6) that are geotagged into the new maps app as a crowd sourced way of getting Street View. That way everyone with a newer iPhone on ios6 could go out their front door, etc., and take a pano and instantly improve maps.

    • ShazLike

      That’s an amazing idea!

      • No Whammy

        Panoramio tried. It’s no Street View.

  • http://twitter.com/ytos86 Yaseen AlSuwaidan

    Just a Q…

    are not Apple new maps powered by TOM TOM??

    Why does Apple need to build a new app if the TOM TOM is already there?

    Sorry, they are two Qs not “a” Q.

    • No Whammy

      They actually use Tom Tom, Waze, Yelp and +/- 20 other GIS companies. Tom Tom doesn’t take satellite photos as one example.

  • Irfan Tarique

    Apple would never approve this because if they do, no one would use IOS 6 stock maps app. which could harm its growth.

  • http://twitter.com/lgasparjnr laszlo gaspar

    I would like to see an alternative to iOS 6 maps.

    • No Whammy

      Galaxy S III.

  • Liu Zhenyu

    Make one and get it submitted to apple ASAP!

    • Liu Zhenyu

      FUCK UP AND STOP USING MY NAME DOG