It’s clear now that the user response to Apple’s new Maps app in iOS 6 has been less than overwhelming, thanks to some serious issues with the quality and completeness of Apple’s new data sources. Apple’s clearly going its own way here, but for users who would rather not stick along for the ride, and want to get back to some good old, reliable Google Maps, is there a chance they might see a new app arrive to meet their needs? Some statements from Google have us wondering if it might not just release a separate Google Maps app to Apple’s App Store.
A Google Marketing Director in the UK recently made some comments about the future of Google Maps and Apple, noting that users will be able to “use Google Maps by downloading them or going to the Google Maps website”. That bit about downloads has many wondering if Google has a new app in the works, as there’s no option to download any maps straight from the website.
When pressed for clarification, Google responded, saying, “our goal is to make Google Maps available to everyone who wants to use it, regardless of device, browser, or operating system.”
It’s unclear if Apple would even approve such an app, or if this is really the direction Google’s talking about. Is it just implying that web-based Google Maps is still an option for everyone, or do you think it really might have a new app cooking-up? After all, when Apple removed integrated YouTube from iOS, Google came back with a stand-alone app; will the situation with Maps be much different?
Update: It’s looking more and more likely that Google may be submitting a Google Maps app to Apple for approval.