The plan could be put into action before the end of this year, according to Silicon Valley rumours, and attendees at Apple’s annual developer conference next week are hoping that they will get a sneak peak at the new map app. Replacing Google Maps as the default, preloaded app wouldn’t stop users from downloading and using it on Apple devices, but it could dramatically cut the number of people using Google to look up addresses, search for restaurants and bars or get directions for car journeys.
That could have financial consequences for Google, which sells adverts based on what it knows about user behaviour. It could also shift the balance of power between Google and Apple, which were once close partners but are now engaged in battles across the technological landscape. Google makes phones under the Motorola brand and runs the most popular mobile operating system, Android; Apple has an advertising network serving little ads in the apps on its mobile devices.
To the winner of the maps battle could go the spoils of local advertising and marketing to potential consumers on the go.
Strange Random Map Quote:
“It seemed that the printers of the African maps had a slightly malicious habit of including, in large letters, the names of towns, junctions, and villages which, while most of them did exist in fact, as a group of thatched huts may exist or a water hole, they were usually so inconsequential as completely to escape discovery from the cockpit.” ― Beryl Markham, West with the Night
- Apple and Google set to battle over mobile mapping (slashgear.com)
- WSJ: Apple’s ouster of Google Maps from iOS is coming (tuaw.com)
- Apple to dump Google Maps off iPhone and iPad (macdailynews.com)
- Apple Replacing Google Maps On iOS With Its Own Solution Later This Year (macrumors.com)
- WSJ: Apple to abandon Google Maps on iOS later this year (techie-buzz.com)
- Google Maps to enter ‘next dimension’ at June 6 event (electronista.com)
- Apple Is Going Full Throttle To kill Google Maps : Leaks Screenshot For Apple Maps [Photo] (thetechnologycafe.com)
- Google to hold Google Maps event this coming June 6 (ubergizmo.com)
- Google Hypes ‘Next Dimension’ of Maps Ahead of Apple Event (pcworld.com)