Google doesn’t plan to help Apple with its flawed iPhone 5 Maps App anytime soon.
At the beginning of this month Apple launched its iPhone 5 with its own mapping service provided by the mobile software platform iOS 6. But complains and criticism started to flow concerning Apple’s new map service, which is based on TomTom’s data, the Dutch navigation equipment and digital map maker. Customers complained that the service lacks Google Maps popular features and has glaring geographical errors.
“We think it would have been better if they had kept ours. But what do I know? What were we going to do, force them not to change their mind? It’s their call,” said Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt.
Back in 2007, when the original iPhone was launched, Google and Apple were close partners, including Google Maps and YouTube into the phone. But once Google’s Android mobile operating system has become the leading platform for smartphones in the world, the tie between the two companies has become loose.
“I’m not doing any predictions. We want them to be our partner. We welcome that. I’m not going to speculate at all what they’re going to do. They can answer that question as they see fit,” said Schmidt.