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Google has no plans to develop Maps app for iPhone 5

25 Sep 2012
Apple Maps IOS 6

Google has confirmed it currently has no plans to launch its Maps service on the iPhone 5, according to Reuters.

Google executive chairman Eric Schmidt reportedly confirmed the company has no intention to develop a dedicated app of its Maps service for iOS 6 at a Tokyo press event on Tuesday.

"We think it would have been better if they had kept ours. But what do I know?" Reuters reported Schmidt saying.

"What were we going to do, force them not to change their mind? It's their call."

As Schmidt said Google had not started any Maps projects for iOS 6 stating, "we have not done anything yet".

At the time of publishing Google had not responded to V3's request for comment on Reuters' report.

Apple replaced Google Maps with its homemade apps service earlier in September when it released its latest iOS 6 mobile operating system.

The maps service is powered by Dutch navigation equipment and digital map maker TomTom NV's data.

The service received fierce criticism from users immediately after launch, with it housing a number of flaws and geographic errors.

Apple subsequently responded, promising it would fix the maps service's problems.

Apple's decision to remove Google Maps from iOS has caused concerns that the company may plan to remove other Google services, like search, from its products.

"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 told Reuters.

The new maps service is one of many features appear on Apple's iOS 6. For an more in depth look at the iOS 6 check out V3's interactive guide.

Even if Google were to develop a stand-alone mapping application for iOS, the availability of the application would require Apple's blessing.

The company controls all application availability in the iOS App Store and the company has in the past refused applications which compete directly with its own software offerings.

The two firms have previously agreed on compromises for iOS applications. When Apple ended support for the iOS YouTube application as a default option, the company allowed Google to continue development of the video player as a App Store offering.

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Alastair Stevenson
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Alastair has worked as a reporter covering security and mobile issues at V3 since March 2012. Before entering the field of journalism Alastair had worked in numerous industries as both a freelance copy writer and artist.

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