Apple iPhone users’ hopes of officially reinstalling Google Maps on their devices now settles at the deeper side of the back burner, as Google revealed it will not bring back Google Maps to iOS anytime soon.
The Cupertino-based company released its own mobile mapping service last week in a highly criticized and derided move for the app’s inaccurate directions and locations, including the lack of public transport information.
It appears iPhone and iPad owners will struggle with Apple’s Maps app because Google said it has no plans to bring Google Maps back to the mobile operating system just yet.
Google’s executive chair Eric Schmidt revealed the bad news by telling Reuters that the firm “hasn’t done anything yet” about development for an iOS 6 Google Maps app.
“We think it would have been better if they had kept ours. But what do I know?” Schmidt added.
“What were we going to do, force them not to change their mind? It’s their call.”
Schmidt added that he hopes Google and Apple will remain search partners on the iPhone, but sounded disheartened with the idea.
“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,” he said.
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