Apple Seeks Foursquare Labs to Enhance its Map App

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While the Google Map app has hit Apple’s iStore, the latter has started looking around for ways to strengthen its own map application. According to Wall Street Journal, Apple has been meeting up people from Foursquare Labs Inc. to bring in local data to its much-criticized map app. Apple senior vice president Eddie Cue has been in discussion with Foursquare to integrate some of the local data and business listings which would help it differentiate from Google Maps. Google Maps has already garnered 10 million fans in the first few days of its launch on the Apple store. Google Maps have the capability to give street views and public transit directions, both of which are lacking in Apple’s map app. Apple maps were catapulted in the month of September when the company brought forward iOS6. People who switched over to the app criticized for its lack of data, inaccurate details [+more]

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Google Map App Review: It’s Simply a Charming Application

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Really three cheers to Google Map app,  it is better than ever. The drool worthy Google Map app has an extraordinary interface which gives you turn by turn direction and takes you to the desired place accurately. The point-of-interest is comprehensive and precise, which gives a whole new meaning to  navigation. What adds a little more flavor to these improved map apps are transit directions. The only loop hole in this drastically improved map app is that there is no dedicated app for the iPad as there is for Andriod. Though you can use it on the tablet but it gets pixilated when you expand it. Once you download the app you will be asked to sign in. The reason why Google asks you to sign in so that you get access to your previous searches, plus integration and custom maps. The interface of the app is a breeze for [+more]

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“The Apple Map App Is Really Hard” Google’s Schimdt

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Eric Schmidt, CEO and current executive chairman, Google made a public appearance at the 92nd Street Y in New York, where he spoke of some of the Google’s initiatives, Apple’s maps, Google’s self-driving car, and “Gang of Four”. Read on to know it all. In an interview conducted by Walt Mossberg, columnist, Wall Street Journal and Kara Swisher, editor, All Things D, Schmidt talked about the removal of Google Maps from the Apple’s iOS 6.  He said that the decision to develop its own mapping software was taken by Apple long time ago. Further, Schmidt said, “Apple should have kept with our maps… What Apple has learned is that maps are really hard. We invested hundreds of millions of dollars in satellite work, airplane work, drive-by work to get the maps accurate and we think we have the best product in the industry.” Even the removal of its own mapping application didn’t [+more]

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“Steve Jobs Decided Google Maps To be Replaced By Apple Map App” Report

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With the latest iOS 6, Apple also introduced its own Maps apps in place of Google Maps, which was its staple since the very beginning. Apparently and surprisingly, the Apple Maps app didn’t really go down well with users. The criticism and complaints regarding the maps’ lack of depth and knowledge crammed up the web, and Apple simply made a promise to work on making it better. For those missing Google Maps on their iPhones, ever considered Steve Jobs could be behind it? As per reported by Bloomberg BusinessWeek, Steve Jobs, former CEO and co-founder of Apple was the one who decided to swap Google Maps on the iPhone with its own maps application and had also initiated a secret team to work on the same. The report also said that Jobs hated Google as he thought the latter was copying its iPhone features. In fact he was so furious [+more]

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Google’s Schmidt Speaks on Apple and Google Maps

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    At a conference held in Tokyo recently, Google executive chairman Eric Schmidt said that they are not doing anything about providing Google Maps for Apple’s iPhone after the latter chose a much-criticized application developed on their own. It is being said that the search giant is still investing in research and development. However, Schmidt said that any decision on whether Google Maps would be accepted as in the App Store would have to be made by the phone maker. With the launch of the iPhone 5, Google’s popular map bowed out of Apple’s kitty. Earlier this month, Apple launched its own map for iOS 6 with the iPhone 5. In an interview, Google Earth and Google Maps nive-president Brian McClendon said that “In 2008, we were in a situation where we were licensing third-party data and organizing it with search as best we could, but we weren’t able [+more]

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So, Here Are A Few Alternatives For Apple’s Not So Cool Map App

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Sure we have heard a lot of grumbling about the Apple’s new Maps app, and we know lot of iPhone users won’t sit idle until Apple comes up with a fixed Maps app solution. Therefore, for those looking out for better navigation choices on their iPhone devices, take a look at other alternatives available out there, which the best of all- are free of cost via mobile safari browser. Nokia Maps There’s no confusion that Nokia’s web app could be a great solution for those using iOS 6. Nokia maps app surely stays the winner with the highest score for offering total navigation services. The app is precise, quick, and easy-to-use and will assure you don’t lose your way. Offering readings with support from layers, traffic, public transportation, and directions, Nokia web Map app also shows points of interest such as restaurants and coffee shops. Along with this, Nokia Maps [+more]

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“Apple Still To Approve A Separate Google Maps Apps For iOS”: Google’s Eric Schmidt

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Inaccurate information and errors in navigation in Apple’s latest Maps apps drew lot of criticism from all users of iPhone 5 and iOS 6. And things got a little hyped up as Apple Map Apps replaced Google Maps, which had been a staple in Apple’s iPhones and iPads since 2007. Google Maps is already a well developed application, which is complete, accurate and easy-to-use. According to a report on Eric Schmidt, Chairman, Google on Bloomberg.com, he said that the company is waiting for Apple to approve the offer of including a separate Google Maps app in the iPhone. He further said that nothing has been decided up to now, it’s totally going to be Apple’s decision whether Google Maps can be a part of the iOS operating system or not. Apple replaced Google Maps not because of some fault, but due to its balanced relationship. It seems that once-good friends; Apple and [+more]

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Now Pay For Apps Developed By Indians For Google Play

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                Now you may have to pay to buy Andriod Apps developed by Indians. According to recent reports by The Hindu, India has made it in to Google’s official list of countries where developers can register as certified Google Checkout merchants, thus allowing Indian developers to put out paid apps. “The step had to be taken,’’ said Ashish Sinha, founder of Pluggd.in, a website focused on local start-ups. “This will make the way for creating business models around innovative Apps. Android is big in the Indian smart devices space, and this will help fuel development of the localised Apps, too.”  Director of Next Wave Multimedia, P R Rajendran told the media , “We have lived with this condition for some time now where we literally run two companies, and are subject to dual taxation”. He added, “This is a welcome move on the part of Google”.  Before this initiative [+more]

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iPhone 5 Vs Motorola Driod Razor M: The Map App War Gets Bitter

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After losing out on its new Maps app, Apple has become the much preferred topic of satire all over. Following Samsung’s spoof on Apple’s iPhone 5 in a print ad, it’s now Google-Motorola Mobility, which clearly implies that Android makers do not want to lose out any opportunity to expose Apple’s weakness. In a recent ad by Motorola Mobility, the firm mocks the troubled Apple Maps application in the latest iOS 6. Apple Maps was rolled out Wednesday on Apple’s new iOS 6, only to follow by criticism from users. Various geographical errors and missing information were two most discussed points. In a recent update by Motorola Mobility on Google+ (https://plus.google.com/u/1/+Motorola/posts/ZyD1iptjvAb), Motorola names Apple’s latest device as iLost in comparison with its recently unveiled Motorola Droid Razr M. The iPhone 5 in the picture has the Apple Maps with vague and unclear information, while Google Maps on the Razr M [+more]

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Apple vs. Google: No Google Maps and YouTube in iOS 6

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The clash between Apple and Google is getting racy day by day. It seems that Apple Inc. is soon going to lose its signature application—YouTube in the latest beta version of iOS 6 in the tug-of-war between the two giants. Earlier, on releasing the YouTube application for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch, Apple had replaced Google mapping software with its own built-in maps application. And now it’s YouTube that the company has removed from its mobile operating system. Apple revealed that it removed the application as license to include YouTube in the iOS operating system ended. Apple plans to replace it with a pre-installed video application from some other company. However, there are some analysts who believe that this move to remove YouTube app can prove to be more beneficial for Google. As YouTube was built by Apple and not Google as a standard part of iOS, the app wasn’t [+more]

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