Eric Schmidt talks about the possibility of Google Maps for iOS 6.
Since Apple's iOS 6 launched last Wednesday, the company has been on the receiving end of a lot of criticism for its new Maps application. The Cupertino-based company announced in June that it would part ways with Google and no longer offer the search giant's mapping application on Apple mobile devices. However, many users are dissatisfied with the Apple alternative. What's more, there are rumors that Google is preparing its own Maps app for iOS 6.
Speaking to a group of reporters at the Japanese launch of the Nexus 7, Google's Eric Schmidt implied that the company hasn't got a Google Maps for iOS 6. Reuters cites Schmidt as saying, "We have not done anything yet." The executive chairman added that any decision about a Google Maps for iOS 6 entering the app store would be Apple's alone. He also told reporters that he feels Apple should have kept Google Maps, but that it wasn't Google's decision to make.
"We think it would have been better if they had kept ours. But what do I know?" he's quoted as saying. "What were we going to do, force them not to change their mind? It's their call."
Apple's iOS 6 is now on 100 million devices. Speaking last week about the bugs in Maps, Apple said time and use would improve the app.
"We launched this new map service knowing it is a major initiative and that we are just getting started with it," the company told AllThingsD last week. "Maps is a cloud-based solution and the more people use it, the better it will get."