Good news for iPhone owners on iOS 6: Google plans to release their official maps app by the end of the year. Yeah, that’s kind of a long wait, but at least they are working on it. We have no idea what kind of work goes into releasing something like that.
According to reports, this is going to take Google a while, because they were actually caught off guard when Apple started building their own mapping application. Gizmodo puts it this way: “Google literally didn’t know Apple was pulling Google Maps from iOS devices until Apple announced it publicly.” They are also said to be translating Google Earth into the new maps app, which would give it Earth’s 3D images, etc. Making it more competitive with Apple’s software.
[via NY Times]