Apple recently kicked Google Maps out of the iOS, replacing it with an in-house navigation app. Google is working on a stand-alone version, but will Apple allow it to be released?
Ever since the iPhone debuted back in 2007, it cam bundled with an app called Maps that used information for Google Maps. That came to an end with the introduction of iOS 6 in October. This is just part of the growing animosity between Google and Apple, who once were united in opposition to Microsoft, but now see each other as their biggest rival.
Google is working to develop a version of Google Maps that can be placed in App Store, but that would require Apple’s approval — something Google’s developers reportedly feel is unlikely.
The Guardian reports being told by sources at Google that their company will have an iOS version of Google Maps finished by the end of this year, in “the unlikely event” that it gets Apple’s approval.
One of the rules of the App Store is that third-party software can’t duplicate the features of Apple’s own — something Google Maps will definitely do. This rule is sometimes ignored, however.
In the mean time, Apple says it is working hard to improve its own version of Maps. This drew tremendous criticism immediately after its release, as its map data was often incomplete or just wrong. The software suffered in comparison with the just-removed Google Maps, which after several years of development and use had become quite polished.
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