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Google's Schmidt: We Don't Have a Google Maps for iOS 6

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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."

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    capt_taco , September 25, 2012 4:09 PM
    So Apple forced its customers to go with their own proprietary system, and it's an inferior POS. What's new about that? Do they still not get how this works?
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    mobrocket , September 25, 2012 4:06 PM
    Apple stated " its all about milking our customers, we claim we try to make the best phone possible, but you all know thats a lie"
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    cookoy , September 25, 2012 4:57 PM
    Schmidt calls it as it is. Doesn't even make fun of the mess Apple maps is in.
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  • 22 Hide
    mobrocket , September 25, 2012 4:06 PM
    Apple stated " its all about milking our customers, we claim we try to make the best phone possible, but you all know thats a lie"
  • 25 Hide
    capt_taco , September 25, 2012 4:09 PM
    So Apple forced its customers to go with their own proprietary system, and it's an inferior POS. What's new about that? Do they still not get how this works?
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    deadlockedworld , September 25, 2012 4:27 PM
    capt_tacoSo Apple forced its customers to go with their own proprietary system, and it's an inferior POS. What's new about that? Do they still not get how this works?


    Pretty soon we will all be on closed/unified platform systems. Apple system vs Google system vs Microsoft system vs Amazon system etc.

    What a sucky direction the industry is headed in. (and dont even try to tell me that Google isn't just is bad - they are. They just give things away free to create their monopolies instead of doing it the traditional authoritarian way like Apple/MS)
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    LukeCWM , September 25, 2012 4:41 PM
    seelsAnything Apple touches turns to gold. Their maps will surpass Google just like their iPhones always surpass any Android device that could possibly come out since Android is a POS, clunky, garbage copycat OS of iOS anyway. Big win for Apple to get rid of Google's maps since now they have an opportunity to get ahead of them in yet another area that Google thinks they're "experts" in. Ha.Sent from my iPhone 5

    Quite the troll! Thanks for the laugh.
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    busuan , September 25, 2012 4:41 PM
    Well, Google is not as smart as I thought. As a comparison, Gates never gave up making Mac-flavored MS Office, despite it was mostly a niche market. If Apple had really driven Google Map off iOS, it's immature, unprofessional and unwise for Google to give up the platform entirely, without realizing Google Map and Android are different products. Would iOS customers switch to Android device for a free and better Map app? I believe some would, but most will not.
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    digiex , September 25, 2012 4:44 PM
    Adding insult to the injury... LOL.
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    vanquished , September 25, 2012 4:48 PM
    Knew this was gonna happen. Been stuck with Bing Maps on WindowsPhone and I hate it :D  I'm sure apple will figure it out eventually, just as I'm sure the majority of iPhone users will forgive them.

    I'll stick with WP at the moment, I like it.
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    WhyFi , September 25, 2012 4:49 PM
    "Maps is a cloud-based solution and the more people use it, the better it will get."

    Translation: Why offer a finished product when we can get our customers can do the work for us?
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    cookoy , September 25, 2012 4:57 PM
    Schmidt calls it as it is. Doesn't even make fun of the mess Apple maps is in.
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    TheBigTroll , September 25, 2012 5:05 PM
    seelsAnything Apple touches turns to gold. Their maps will surpass Google just like their iPhones always surpass any Android device that could possibly come out since Android is a POS, clunky, garbage copycat OS of iOS anyway. Big win for Apple to get rid of Google's maps since now they have an opportunity to get ahead of them in yet another area that Google thinks they're "experts" in. Ha.Sent from my iPhone 5


    im sure buying a iphone from one of apples sweatshops make you a better person. not to mention your fanboyism
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    boiler1990 , September 25, 2012 5:10 PM
    TheBigTrollim sure buying a iphone from one of apples sweatshops make you a better person. not to mention your fanboyism


    Because buying yours from somebody else's sweatshop is better...?
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    TheBigTroll , September 25, 2012 5:13 PM
    i dont support these companies.i dont even have a phone
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    ojas , September 25, 2012 5:14 PM
    TheBigTrollim sure buying a iphone from one of apples sweatshops make you a better person. not to mention your fanboyism

    He's trolling, man. :D 
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    TheBigTroll , September 25, 2012 5:17 PM
    i can tell but what if he isnt?
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    CaedenV , September 25, 2012 5:26 PM
    Jobs was an amazing business man, he knew when to bring a product in house, and when it was better to use someone else's IP and resources (but brand it as their own as much as possible, like the whole Siri/Wolfram thing). And in the end he always pushed to bring all things in house, but not roll them out until they had the better solution, or at least a solution that was relatively elegant and played well with their devices.

    With Jobs gone I think we are going to see more and more of these types of issues/programs cropping up. Apples' board of directors has always tended to move things towards a closed environment, but Jobs was ballsy enough to tell them when they were wrong. When Jobs was fired Apple fell apart because they closed in on themselves, cut key ties to business partners, and they forgot to look outside of their own ideals of what a computer should be to see what people wanted. When Jobs came back he moved the focus a little away from the closed ecosystem, and focused on having computers that were attractive to look at (which later evolved into removing the separate computer box entirely, and then the whole 'thinness' movement), and having a user experience that required as little interaction and input from the user as possible to make things go and work. It made for a machine that makes users like myself feel like their hands are tied when we try and use a mac, but for the general public they are excellent machines that fill most of their needs with very little fuss in an attractive package.
    But now that Jobs is gone for good we are already seeing that Apple is moving in that tightly closed environment again, cutting ties with other companies that it sees as threats because of their own paranoia, when really a company like Google could be a huge ally.

    That is something I have always been impressed with on the MS side of things; MS has made a tentative peace with Apple, while providing patent lease agreements to Google to the point where MS makes more money off of every Android sale than Google does. Thus the reason why they came so late to the phone party, and why it took them so long to really put any weight behind the WP platfom; why spend the effort to make your own platform when you can make more money off of the established platform than the platform makers do?

    Not saying MS is a company full of saints (far from it, they are still greedy SOBs), but MS has been able to make their money while crating a stable environment for other companies to make a boat load of money, while Apple is a closed echo-chamber that either buys or crushes everything in sight. Apple makes some great and compelling products, but they tend to limit outside innovation, while MS tries to make a platform for outside innovation to function within. It is my hope that MS will bring this same type of platform philosophy to the phone market as well... but so far it does not look that promising.
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    house70 , September 25, 2012 5:30 PM
    TheBigTrolli can tell but what if he isnt?

    He must be; either trolling, or winning the prize for the most retarded comments on this forum (and I've seen quite a few comments that would be a runner-up).
    As I still have some faith in mankind, hence I do not believe someone would voluntarily make great strides at proving their limited intellectual capacity, I have to choose the option that he's trolling.

    On point: I like Google's attitude in this matter - arms crossed, watching as Apple is burning it's bridges.
    Kinda like the troll above.
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    robochump , September 25, 2012 6:09 PM
    iHaters on here never cease to make me laugh. Google maps is obviously superior since it has been refined over many years. Sure Apple's Map will get better but it is surprising that Apple pushed it out in its current condition. I hope this is not what we can expect from Apple in the future which typically is quality first.

    I am still surprised iHaters dont thank Apple for giving them Android which is a knockoff. No way you can dispute this fact.
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