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Google Chairman says Apple removed Google Maps from iOS, new app hasn't been submitted to App Store

News by Andrew Kameka on Tuesday September 25, 2012.

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After many users began complaining about the maps application in Apple iOS 6, rumors began circulating that Google had already submitted a Google Maps for iPhone and iPad that was pending Apple's approval. New comments from Google Chairman Eric Schmidt cast doubts on those claims. Speaking to a group of reporters at the launch of the Nexus 7 in Japan, Schmidt said Google has not submitted a replacement Google Maps application to the App Store. "We have not done anything yet," he said. He also stated that Apple would ultimately decide whether a Google-built Google Maps becomes available on iOS because Apple approves all apps available on its mobile operating system.

Schmidt claims that the absence of the Google Maps iPhone app is also because of Apple's decision. Apple previously used Google Maps under a license from Google, but the license period expired and Apple introduced its own map application. Schmidt said that Google wanted to continue the relationship but Apple chose not to. "We think it would have been better if they had kept ours. But what do I know?" he told reporters. "What were we going to do, force them not to change their mind? It's their call."

Since the introduction of Apple Maps, many iOS 6 and iPhone 5 users have complained about the maps not being as good as the previous map application. Schmidt's comments suggest that those users may have to wait quite a while until they are able to find a map app more to their liking.

source: Yahoo News

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