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[AppleInsider] Google's "iLost" Motorola ad faked an address to "lose" iOS 6 Maps  

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Google's Motorola Mobility subsidiary went looking for an address that didn't actually exist in an effort to artificially portray Apple's new iOS 6 Maps as deficient.

In a marketing ploy not unlike Nokia's faked camera shots to promote features of its new Windows Phone 8 models, an ad promoting Motorola's Droid RAZR M is portrayed being able to locate an address that iOS 6 Maps directs to a wrong road name in what appears to be the wrong city.

"Looking for 315 E 15th in Manhattan?" Motorola Mobility posed on its Google+ site. "Google Maps on DROID RAZR M will get you there & not #iLost in Brooklyn."



Droid, aren't these the ones you are looking for?

The problem, as noted by reader AMD Pettitte, is that 315 E 15th Street is not an actual address in Manhattan. A public park sits on that side of the street, making none of the block's odd numbers a valid address. The number will never be a valid address in Manhattan. This is indicated by looking closely at the picture, but none of the thousands of people sharing the false address lookup ad seemed to notice this.
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so because of this, apple maps is somehow superior?
 
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I wonder if it was intentional or not? Either way I would hope they pull the ad, but I doubt they'll give any apology for it.
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so because of this, apple maps is somehow superior?

Irony, its lost on you eh ?
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Funny they had to make a fake address to throw off apple maps, plenty of addresses they could've used, oh and before apple fans cry foul play, between nokia, this and apple's ipad star trek ad, ALL companies lie in some way or another.
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Irony, its lost on you eh ?

considering the amount of bugs/glitches on apple maps, i certainly couldnt figure out why motorola would bother faking the address, rather than googling apple maps error and using that. regardless of that the article makes it sound like motorola absolutely needed to fake the mapping error, because apple maps is "flawless", afterall..it's apple right? its gotta be flawless
./end sarcasm
 
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Nokia maps > Google maps > iMap

As good as google maps is on a computer its not all that great when you want to use your phone as a navigator. On the other hand Nokias map/drive is really on pair with a TOMTOM.
    
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so because of this, apple maps is somehow superior?

Well a Google maps app is gonna come to iOS so it doesn't matter
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I'm not sure how anyone is reading this article and getting the impression that it's saying that Apple Maps has no problems, or is superior to Google Maps.

All this article does is point out Motorola's fake ad, and how some of the problems of Apple Maps have been "exaggerated".
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Funny they had to make a fake address to throw off apple maps, plenty of addresses they could've used, oh and before apple fans cry foul play, between nokia, this and apple's ipad star trek ad, ALL companies lie in some way or another.
That's hardly the same. We're talking about minor photoshopping of a video playing on an iPad, to an ad portraying Motorola's smartphone as better because it can find something which doesn't exist, whereas Apple Maps actually finds the correct location.
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They just used it as an example. It's not like they could probably (legally) put someone's address in their commercial. At the least it would be unethical
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