Google Unveils Map Application for IPad, IPhone, Android, Apple

Google  unveiled its mapping application for  iPadiPhone,  Apple and other iOS devices, restoring a popular tool the smartphone maker replaced with its own in September.

Google said in a blog posting today the free Google Maps app is available in  29 languages and more than 40 countries. Google was widely expected to introduce its own app after the new version of Apple’s iOS mobile software removed the built-in software.

The original app is powered by Google.It was an essential feature since the iPhone’s debut in 2007. Critics faulted Apple’s new application for routes that get users lost and lack of public transit directions, unreliable landmark searches,  prompting Chief Executive Officer Tim Cook to issue a rare apology to consumers.

“It’s embarrassing for Apple to reuse Google’s map application as it suggests Apple failed to meet market expectations,” said Hwang Min-Seong, a Hong Kong-based analyst at Samsung Securities Co. “This shows how much harder Apple had to push itself to come up with great innovations, only for it to end up as a big mistake.”

 A spokesman at Apple (Tom Neumayr) declined to comment.

 Android, IOS

Cupertino, California-based Apple added new features such as turn-by-turn navigation and fly-over views of landscapes into this new program. IOS software runs iPads and iPhones, which compete with  tablets running Google’s Android operating system and smartphones. Mountain View, California-based Google is also the owner of the world’s most-popular search engine.

Apple is seeking to build confidence in iOS amid a growing battle with Google, which provides the Android platform to mobile-phone makers such as Samsung Electronics Co. (005930) and HTC Corp. (2498) for free.

“Starting today, we’re pleased to announce that Google Maps is here.”.The company said in the blog post. “People around the world have been asking for Google Maps on iPhone,”

Google Chairman Eric Schmidt said Dec. 11 in an interview at Bloomberg’s headquarters in New York, booming demand for Android-based smartphones is helping Google add share at the expense of other software providers.

Customers are activating more than 1.3 million Android devices a day, Schmidt said. Android snared 72 percent of the market in the third quarter, while Apple had 14 percent, according to Gartner Inc.

Their Call

While Apple’s map program doesn’t appear to have hurt sales of the iPhone 5, Cook said he was “extremely sorry for the frustration” the app caused consumers. “We are doing everything we can to make Maps better,” Cook wrote in a letter to customers posted on its website.

Schmidt said Sept. 25 that Apple should have stuck with Google Maps. Answer It’s their call.” “What were we going to do, force them not to change their mind?

Google has been building out its online mapping software since 2005, using cars and satellites to accumulate data that helps improve its accuracy and reliability.

Focusing first on some of the most glaring problems, a team at Apple has been working to fix the mapping mistakes,  said one person familiar with the matter.Labels for popular U.S. landmarks and The satellite imagery over the U.K. has been improved  such as the Washington Monument have been corrected.


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