Google UK Exec Discusses The Removal of Google Maps From iOS 6 [VIDEO]
As anyone who’s updated their iPhone to iOS 6 knows already, Google Maps is no longer included in Apple’s mobile OS. In its place, there’s a first-party offering that’s called (simply enough) Apple Maps. Bloomberg recently caught up with Google UK’s managing director Dan Cobley, and asked him for his thoughts on Google Maps’ departure from iOS.
Google appears to be unruffled by their departure from the iOS platform, and makes sure to remind everyone that they can still use Google Maps on their iPhone by navigating to the web app in their browser. There’s no actual Google Maps app in the App Store right now, but there’s a pretty good chance Google is working on something along those lines.
Cobley also took the opportunity to take a thinly veiled shot at Apple’s recent anti-competitive litigation against Samsung and others. When discussing the Google Maps/Apple Maps situation, Cobley said, ”We welcome competition because it helps to drive the market forward, and it helps keep us on our toes and make our products better, but we believe our users will go and find the Google Maps products and carry on using them.”
As it stands, Apple Maps still has a lot of catching up to do if they want to compete with Google Maps. Google has the advantage of being in the mapping business pretty much since online maps became a thing (beaten perhaps only by Mapquest), and they’ve still got a lot of features Apple may not be able to match. We don’t expect to see Apple camera cars scouring the globe any time soon, for example, so Streetview will likely remain a Google exclusive feature for now.