Apple’s biggest criticism of the new iOS 6, and the new iPhone 5, is the lack of Google applications, namely YouTube and Maps. But it seems Google has some pity upon their iFriends out there by bringing their apps to the App Store, latest being Maps.
The YouTube app on iOS is missing in iOS 6, but Google recently (now available) released a YouTube application for iOS users to download. Luckily the app is more reminiscent of the Android application and not the outdated poor previous iOS app, either way the app is out their, check it out!
One of the worst features in iOS6, and one you never thought you’d miss is Google Maps. When Apple decided to remove all that is Google from iOS (atleast by default) in iOS6, it seems the first thing we all noticed was just how bad the “Apple designed” Maps were. As a company that prides itself in design, it really has been a big let down, but it seems Google may have something to fix that for us. If some reports are to be believed, Google could be fixing part 2 of the jigsaw with a Google Maps application in the App Store too.
The first report comes by way of The Guardian, which says that Google is indeed preparing its own Maps app for iOS 6.
Google, I hear from roundabout sources, is enjoying the bad press Apple is suffering. It would be surprising if its mappers could resist some schadenfreude, since they are very proud of their work; having it rejected wholesale must be galling.
The same sources say that Google is preparing a Google Maps app for iOS6, which will appear in time. No official statement has been made and there will inevitably be questions over whether Apple will approve it in the App Store. (Apple might not, on the basis that it “competes with existing functionality”, but would invite a further backlash if it did.)
The Guardian‘s report was tweeted by well-connected iOS developer Steve Troughton-Smith, who added a “Yep” to the assertion and framed it as if the app has already been submitted to Apple.
9to5Mac has also weighed in with its own claims that Google has had a standalone version of its Maps app for iOS for a number of years and that an iOS 6-compatible version has indeed been submitted to the App Store.
Finally, TechCrunch is also claiming that a Google app is in the works, with the company aiming to have it available on the App Store “before Christmas”. Apple has, however, been known to hold other Google apps in limbo for extended periods of time, so it remains to be seen if and when Google’s solution will be available as an alternative to the built-in Maps app from Apple in iOS 6.