TheNextWeb reports that Google’s Eric Schmidt said that Google had not yet even submitted a standalone Maps App to Apple for availability in iOS.
We haven’t done anything yet with Google Maps,” Schmidt told reporters in Tokyo today. Apple would “have to approve it. It’s their choice,” Schmidt said, declining to say if the Mountain View, California-based company submitted an application to Apple for sale through its App Store.
Google Maps was removed from the default mapping App in the new iOS6 update, and replaced with Apple’s own ‘in house’ maps service. However the update has not been well received, with a number of errors regarding the data and imagery being reported in the Apple maps views.
It will surely only be a matter of time however until Google does provide its own standalone Maps App, similar to its standalone YouTube App that was provided after the native one was also ditched form iOS6.
Google will be enjoying the backlash against iOS Maps, and might be planning on leaving Apple sweating a little bit longer before submitting its own App. Apple however isn’t resting and has reportedly put the maps team on lockdown to get the errors resolved as soon as possible.