Google’s Native Maps For iOS May Be Coming Soon

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If you’re not impressed by iOS 6 new Maps app that was developed in-house by Apple, then we’ve some good news, it looks like Google has already submitted its native Maps app for iOS to Apple for approval.

The Guardian claims that according to its sources, though Google is enjoying the bad publicity that Apple is getting, it is indeed planning to release its own native Maps app.

The UK publication reports:

Google, I hear from roundabout sources, is enjoying the bad press Apple is suffering. It would be surprising if its mappers could resist some schadenfreude, since they are very proud of their work; having it rejected wholesale must be galling.

The same sources say that Google is preparing a Google Maps app for iOS6, which will appear in time. No official statement has been made and there will inevitably be questions over whether Apple will approve it in the App Store. (Apple might not, on the basis that it “competes with existing functionality”, but would invite a further backlash if it did.)

Shortly after Guardian’s report was published, iOS Developer Steve Troughton-Smith confirmed the report and claims that Google has already submitted the app to Apple for approval.

The Guardian suggests they’ve heard that Google already submitted a Maps app to coincide with iOS 6:


Apple has rejected apps from Google that compete with existing functionality in iOS earlier, but there would be a major backlash if they rejected Google’s app, especially after the problems with its own Maps app.

We’ll let you know as soon as we’ve any further updates.

[via The Guardian]

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