NYT: Google Maps Is Coming To iOS By The End Of The Year

NYT: Google Maps Is Coming To iOS By The End Of The Year

This is coming back to iOS… you’ll just have to wait for it.

We’ve heard a lot of rumors surrounding a Google Maps app for iOS over the past week, and now The New York Times is weighing in with information from its own sources. Fortunately, it’s good news: it claims Google is indeed working on a Maps app for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch, and that the company is hoping to have it ready and released by the end of this year.

Why’s it taking so long? Well, Google had no idea Apple was kicking Google Maps out of iOS until Apple first previewed iOS 6 back in June.

NYT’s report isn’t too dissimilar to that we saw yesterday from The Verge. Its sources also claim that a Google Maps app for iOS is indeed on the way, but that it will take some time to hit the App Store because Google didn’t start work on it until just recently. The company was reportedly “caught off guard” when Apple revealed Google Maps would be kicked from iOS 6:

One reason that it will take Google some time to build the iPhone app: it expected the app with Google’s maps to remain on the iPhone for some time, based on the contract between the two companies, and was caught off guard when Apple decided to build a new application to replace the old one.

[…] Google’s contract with Apple to keep the maps app on the iPhone had more time remaining, and Google did not know that Apple had changed its mind until Apple said publicly in June that it would replace the app with its new maps app, according to two people briefed on the decision.

Earlier this week, Google chairman Eric Schmidt revealed that Google had made no move with a Google Maps app for iOS, sparking speculation that the company may not be developing one at all. However, people involved with the app have confirmed that it’s coming, according to the NYT’s report.

Some users had assumed a Google Maps app would pop up quickly following the launch of iOS 6 — just like the official YouTube app did. But it seems Apple may have given Google a little more notice when it decided to remove the built-in YouTube app from iOS.

Apple has launched its own Maps service with iOS 6, which includes some awesome new features like turn-by-turn navigation and 3D Flyover. However, many users have discovered that the service simply isn’t complete, causing us to wonder whether it was launched a little too early.

  • bking2911

    I hope apple blocks this app because for a long time google refused to give iOS users the same features android phones recieved. iOS users were essential to google maps Being where it is rt now and we never got the benefit of that. Apples maps will get better in time and eventualy it will be comparable to googles. Apple has the cash and resources I would not bet against apple.

  • FriarNurgle

    Ok, I’m seriously missing something. Why was google maps that big of a deal on iOS? Sure their web based maps is the defacto service when sitting at a computer. But when on your mobile the nav feature was pretty lacking IMO. I opted to go for a standalone navigation app and have been very please with it’s functionality. I know lots of people sing Google’s praises for their inner city and public transit features on Google maps, but for those of us outside of the big cities who drive everywhere, I just don’t see the appeal of it.

    I’m still waiting on my iPhone 5 to be delivered. Why in the F it’s in Korea?!?! Regardless, I’ll be giving Apple Maps a go, but will likely stick with my standalone nav app.

  • mr_bee

    The fact that they found out in June still doesn’t explain why they haven’t got anything ready yet. It’s almost October and this is one of the biggest companies around. They’ve had almost half a year.

    They didn’t anticipate ever being kicked off of the platform of the company they are having the huge IP disagreement with? There wasn’t a single employee tasked with creating a backup plan? Google looks like idiots here and rightly so.

    I hope their new app has advertisements in it so people can see what Google is really all about. I bet they will also find out some way to rip off Apple’s IP while creating this thing too.

  • James N Kristal Padilla

    I hope apple blocks this app because for a long time google refused to give iOS users the same features android phones recieved. iOS users were essential to google maps Being where it is rt now and we never got the benefit of that. Apples maps will get better in time and eventualy it will be comparable to googles. Apple has the cash and resources I would not bet against apple.

    Google gave Android users this ability because it was because they chose Android over iOS. It was more a “gift.” I’m more than sure Apple didn’t share some of it’s features with any other companies either. Facetime for example was built into iOS and it was supposed to be standard in regards to video calls/chatting. Yet I’m pretty sure we’ll never see Facetime in an the Android Marketplace. I for one welcome Google Maps back in iOS anytime. I know I’m not alone. What I’ve seen lately is a lot of people complain about Google Maps when they didn’t use it all that much. It’s like when you think you are entitled something that is no longer offered because you had it before. Now I can understand the frustration of those who did use it daily or weekly.

  • snarfblat

    IMO.. they could have had one ready by now if they WANTED. I suspect they’re holding off, because the longer it takes, the longer Apple looks stupid because of its own Maps. Regardless, I do hope it shows up soon. I updated my iPad to iOS6 since it’s non-critical, but my phone is staying on iOS5 for the foreseeable future.

  • Hardy Thomas

    once apple fixes the map then Google is gone for a googly… into the pages of history…. all it can do is relish the fact it used to be in one of the best OS ever in history for some time..

  • hanhothi

    So what happens to Google’s Maps app on iOS 5.1.1 when the contact between Google and Apple does finally run out? I am not going to be able to upgrade to iOS 6 on my iPad1. As much as I love my iPad, I think iOS leaves much to be desired compared with Android, as detailed in Killians recent article. Come on Apple, iOS is looking really antiquated, even iOS6. Time catch up. And don’t tell me “it just work”, CoM’s web site is always crashing Safari and dumping me back to the home screen, this is my 3rd attempt at posting this comment!

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