Monday, November 19, 2012

Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG) testing its new map app for iOS

There are reports swirling around that Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG) is currently testing an updated version of its Google Maps for Apple's iOS 6 and it will soon be submitted to the App Store.

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With the release of Apple's new operating system, Google's map app did a vanishing trick and it was found to be replaced with Apple's own mapping service.

However Apple Maps proved to be a poor substitute for Google's tried and tested maps and it created a hue and cry in the tech world, and finally Apple CEO had to apologise to users of its phones.

One of the main reasons that Apple decided to dump Google maps was because the search engine was reluctant to embed it with turn-by-voice navigation functionality.

The updated app from Google now has this feature as well, according to reports.

Of course, Apple has to approve the app before it can be made available to iPhone users.

All apps that run in iOS 6 have to be submitted for Apple for approval, and Apple has been known to block apps from appearing on the app store, especially if they duplicate core functionality, Macworld reported.

Despite Cook's public apology for his maps and recommending that users should download other mapping maps including Google maps, it is not clear whether Apple is ready for reconciliation with internet search giant.

Then there are also other reports doing the rounds that Google may not make its new map available for iOS at all but may keep it as an Android exclusive.

A Google spokesman said, "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."

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