Schmidt: Google Map App Isn’t Coming to iOS “Anytime Soon”

(Ping! Zine Web Tech Magazine) – Apple’s new Map App as featured in iOS 6 was criticized last week when users noticed a numerous mistakes including the nonappearance of some towns, blurred satellite imagery and more.

Apple, which had previously relied on Google Maps in earlier iOS versions most recently made the switch to its own system, outsourcing some data to GPS provider TomTom.

Well if you’re now using iOS 6 and hoping to avoid the operating systems’ new default map app, you won’t be able to revert back to Google.

On Tuesday, Google Chairman Eric Schmidt signaled that his company did not intend to release a Google Maps App for iOS “anytime soon.” A report from the Los Angeles Times noted that Apple’s mapping application did not feature public transportation directions, as different from Google’s.

Schmidt, meanwhile, was quoted by the Wall Street Journal as saying the Cupertino-based iPhone maker should have stuck with his company’s mapping service.

iOS 6 was released last week. Aside from a new map application, it features new functionality for Apple AI assistant Siri along with new iCloud tabs and contact lists.

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