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Apple's New Mapping App Solution?

What did you think about Apple’s surprise decision to launch its own Maps service in iOS 6?

At this summer’s Worldwide Developer Convention Google was caught off guard when Apple made the announcement to pull the rug on Google’s Maps.    This comes as a surprise mainly because Apple had about a year remaining in its contract with Google to provide maps for iOS.

Google is developing a maps application for iPhone and iPad that they are hoping to finish by the end of the year according to the New York Times.  However, the great debate is whether Google is developing the Google Maps compatible to iOS devices as an app or to users on any device they use.

According to the New York Times, Google would likely prefer to release a maps app that includes 3-D imagery which is comparable to Apple’s.  The complication though is that Google has 3-D images in Google Earth, a separate app with a separate code base from Google Maps.  To get these two combined will take time.

Eric E. Schmidt, Google’s chairman, told reporters in Tokyo recently that Apple should have stuck with Google’s maps.  There is still uncertainty on whether Google plans to submit a new map to Apple’s App Store as many reports are mixed.

With that said, Motorola Mobility had their own way of mocking the situation by posting on Google Plus a picture of an iPhone next to a new Android Razr M smartphone.  See the image to the right.

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