Friday, November 16, 2012

Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG) in final stages of testing new map app for iOS

Google Inc(NASDAQ:GOOG), which is in the final stages of testing its new mapping application for Apple's iOS, has included turn-by-voice navigation capabilities to it.

This was a sore point with Apple and one of the main reasons that, according to reports, Apple had decided to dump Google Maps and introduced its own mapping application along with iOS6.

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Google had been reluctant to add the turn-by-voice navigation feature to its map app before. Apple's map application however has the feature and by all accounts it is fairly successful in the areas where it has been introduced - especially after the improvement made by Apple to it.

However users are still not as happy with it as they were with Google Maps and they are waiting anxiously for Google new map app to be released.

A Wall Street Journal report said that Google was close to submitting its new app to the iOS store, though there are still some doubts as to whether Apple will accept it.

“We believe Google Maps are the most comprehensive, accurate and easy-to-use maps in the world. Our goal is to make Google Maps available to everyone who wants to use it, regardless of device, browser, or operating system," a Google spokesperson told the Journal.

The prevalent feeling in the tech world is that Apple may not be in a position to reject the new app from Google for various reasons - 1. It is definitely a superior product to what Apple has served up for the present to iOS users 2. It cannot afford to lets its users suffer for what is essentially a quarrel between the two companies and 3. Google has climbed down from its earlier stance and introduced the voice-by-turn feature which was the reason for the break-up in the first place.

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