Despite earlier claims that Google had submitted its Maps app to the App Store for approval, Google executive chairman Eric Schmidt has all but confirmed that his company has not moved to launch the app on Apple devices. Apple removed Google Maps from iPhone, iPod touch and iPad in favor of its own in-house Maps app, although the new cloud-based offering has been the subject of much criticism since iOS 6 debuted earlier this month.
Schmidt — who is currently visiting Japan to launch Google’s Nexus 7 tablet and introduce Google Play Books and new movie content — told Reuters that while the company has not officially moved to launch its app, it has been “talking with (Apple) for a long time,” and admitted “we talk to them every day.”
Bloomberg takes a different account of what Schmidt said, noting that the chairman did not specifically rule out Google Maps having been submitted to Apple for approval.
“We haven’t done anything yet with Google Maps,” Schmidt told reporters in Tokyo today. Apple would “have to approve it. It’s their choice,” Schmidt said, declining to say if the Mountain View, California-based company submitted an application to Apple for sale through its App Store.
Apple is working quickly to resolve issues with its new Maps app, placing its employees into “lockdown mode” and reportedly hiring former Google Maps staff to aid with the process. Apple officially responded to its poor Maps situation, claiming that the cloud-based service will improve as more people use it over time.
In the meantime, iOS hacker Ryan Petrich is working on porting Google Maps to iOS 6, which could prove handy since an iPhone 5 jailbreak has already been accomplished. What do you think about the new Maps app on iOS 6? Have your search results been accurate?