Google says restoring its Maps app on iPhone 5 is up to Apple

googleapplemaps Google says restoring its Maps app on iPhone 5 is up to Apple

Google has commented on the farcical state of Apple's new Maps app for the iPhone 5, stating that it is up to Apple if it wants to restore the Google Maps app for users.

Google has commented on the farcical state of Apple's new Maps app for the iPhone 5, stating that it is up to Apple if it wants to restore the Google Maps app for users.

 
Executive chairman and former CEO Eric Schmidt spoke to journalists in Tokyo, stating that Google has made no move to address Apple's map problem with its own Google Maps app, despite the fact that Apple's version has been plagued with inaccuracies and poor quality.
 
“We think it would have been better if they had kept ours,” Schmidt said. “But what do I know? What were we going to do, force them not to change their mind? It's their call."
 
googleapplemaps Google says restoring its Maps app on iPhone 5 is up to Apple
 
Growing rivalry between the companies prompted Apple to pull the Google product from its new smartphone, replacing it with its own app based on data supplied by GPS firm TomTom. This has led many to speculate that Apple could do more to cut ties with Google, such as removing Google Search from its devices. Schmidt said he would not make any predictions on that, but that Google wanted Apple as a partner and it was up to Apple whether or not its search engine would be used.
 
Schmidt formerly sat on the board of directors at Apple from 2006 to 2009, but was forced to resign over a conflict of interests due to the growing rift between Apple and Google. The growth of Android, which has threatened Apple's market share, has led to difficulties between the companies, including a slew of lawsuits between Apple and Android supporters.
 
The Google guru also highlighted a new feature of Google Maps, which lets users adjust the view of an area by simply moving their device, rather than using the touchscreen. “Take that Apple,” he joked.
 
Source: Reuters