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Google is testing a pre-release version of its mapping service for Apple's iOS devices, according to a new report.
The Wall Street Journal says Google is "putting the finishing touches" on the software ahead of submitting it to Apple.

The software, which the Journal says is already undergoing testing beyond Google employees, is "expected to contain" turn-by-turn navigation, just like its Android counterpart. That very same feature was said to be one of the main sticking points in negotiations between the two companies that led to Apple creating its own mapping software.
The report comes two days after Nokia's announcement that it has developed its own maps offering for iOS called Here Maps. That software, which will also compete with Apple's homegrown mapping app, will be released in the next few weeks.

"We believe Google Maps are the most comprehensive, accurate and easy-to-use maps in the world," a Google spokesperson told CNET in response to the report. "Our goal is to make Google Maps available to everyone who wants to use it, regardless of device, browser, or operating system."

Apple's Maps app was first publicly detailed at the company's annual developers conference in June. Besides a new look and feel, the main feature is spoken turn-by-turn directions, something the software lacked before. Apple's own software also adds a snazzy 3-D view of select cities using imagery captured from flyovers, something only users on Apple's newer devices can take advantage of.

http://news.cnet.com/8301-13579_3-57550694-37/googles-maps-app-for-ios-in-near-final-testing/
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90% chance apple says LOLno when they actually try to release it
    
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I didn't actually think Google would even bother to try this. But chances are Apple will block it.
   
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I didn't actually think Google would even bother to try this. But chances are Apple will block it.

they didn't block any of the other dozen or so map apps, including Bing Maps. They even have a Maps category in the app store for other map apps
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I know which app in apple store will be nr1 in charts smile.gif
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It would be silly for them to block it, so many people rely on it or have it as a much wanted app..

I am on aa iPhone 4S atm, but my next phone will be android if Google Maps is not here a year on, when my contract expires.
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Why would they say no? Surely they must have a legitimate reason to block any apps in the store? I'm sure they won't/can't just say no 'cause it's Google'.

Anyway looking forward to this for my 5, Glad to see it didn't take Google long to step in thumb.gif
   
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Why would they say no? Surely they must have a legitimate reason to block any apps in the store? I'm sure they won't/can't just say no 'cause it's Google'.
Anyway looking forward to this for my 5, Glad to see it didn't take Google long to step in thumb.gif

They've probably wrote in their terms that they don't need a reason to block an app and that reasoning is at their discretion. Although I'm sure with the amount of map apps on there, Google would have some legal footing if it was rejected purely on the grounds of who makes it.

OT: I finally got a chance to use the Apple Maps 3D building stuff yesterday (I need to find lots of residences for work) and it was actually pretty good. Doesn't really work for finding specific numbers on a street though, whereas Google Maps does. Only issue I have with Google Maps is that it often doesn't load on my iPhone, strange...
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There might be some anti-trust consequences for the big fruit if it rejects the app... might.
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There might be some anti-trust consequences for the big fruit if it rejects the app... might.

This. That, and Google could pursue the fact that Apple has no grounds to block it's mapping application when Apple has allowed others on the App Store.

One would hope that [for Apple's sake] they've learned from their recent losses in Europe that they won't always win in court, and that legal action isn't always the answer.
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