Sep 27

Multiple reports claim that Google has been working on a replacement standalone Maps app for iOS to replace the bundled app included with every version of iOS until last week’s release of iOS 6, The New York Times claims that Google is hoping to have it available in “another couple months or so”.

Macrumors wrote: Apple and Google still have over a year left on their contract for Google to provide Maps for iOS, and thus Google was caught off guard when Apple announced in June that it would be replacing Google’s solution with its own Maps app for iOS 6. As a result, Google still needs several more months to complete work on a standalone offering to be submitted to Apple for inclusion in the App Store.

 A second reason for taking “another couple months or so” is because Google would likely prefer to release a maps app that includes 3-D imagery such as the 3-D images in Google Earth, it would take some time to combine the two.

A lot of iPhone users complain about Apple’s new Maps app and would love to see Google release their Maps app in the App Store. Since it will most likely take another couple of months before Google Maps will be available for iOS, some iPhone users may consider not upgrading to iOS 6 or not buying the iPhone.

Sources [Macrumors & NYT]

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