Google Unveils New Maps Features

By Todd R. Weiss  |  Posted 2012-09-21 Print this article Print


In Dublin, Ireland, an airport that doesn't exist somehow made its way into Apple Maps, according to The Guardian, prompting officials there to inform Apple of the error.

Apple's removal of Google Maps, which had been built in to iOS since the debut of the iPhone in 2007, in favor of Apple's own Maps application was announced in May. Apple and Google say publicly that the move was simply because a five-year licensing deal has expired, but industry pundits point to a more competitive battle for market share for both companies which means there will be fewer areas where they will collaborate.

Apple also announced in August that it was removing the YouTube player from iOS 6, which like Google Maps had been part of the operating system since the launch of the iPhone in 2007.

Meanwhile, as Apple fans were loudly criticizing the maps feature in iOS 6, Google unveiled some new Google Maps features on Android that are aimed at helping users organize their Google maps searches in one place and sync them to multiple devices.

"When you're on the go, it can be difficult to recall all of the places you've searched on your desktop browser at home," Keiji Maekawa, a Google Maps software engineer, wrote Sept. 19 on the Google Lat Long Blog. "To make Google Maps more useful and comprehensive, we added a few improvements to better sync your maps experience across all of your devices. Today, with the latest release of Google Maps for Android, we're making it faster and easier for you to get the information you've searched for on your browser, right on your Android phone."

It's ironic that Google made the Google Maps on Android announcement on the same day as Apple iOS 6 downloads got underway. Perhaps the good folks in Mountain View were anticipating problems with the launch of Apple Maps and wanted to rain on Apple's parade?


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