Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 20th Sep 2012 19:24 UTC
Apple "The major new feature of the company's new iOS 6 mobile operating system is a new mapping module developed by Apple itself - a replacement for the Google-supplied maps that have been standard on the iPhone since it debuted in 2007. It is a change borne not of user demand, but of corporate politics: Google's Android platform is the biggest competitive threat to the iPhone, so Apple is cutting ties with Google. iPhone owners might have loved Google Maps, but Apple has no love for Google. Unfortunately, Apple's new maps are simply not as good as Google's." That's putting it mildly - my own town barely even exists on Apple's maps. It's basically a trainwreck, and according to The Verge, Apple has been working on this for the past five years. This is what happens when a company cares more about stupid grudges than its customers. Considering how much effort it has taken Google to get where it is now with maps, don't expect Apple's maps to even get near Google Maps any times soon. This isn't going to take months - this is going to take several years, if at all.
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RE[3]: Comment by Stephen!
by Tony Swash on Fri 21st Sep 2012 14:35 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by Stephen!"
Tony Swash
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" at least half of Google's mobile map usage just went away. Half.

iOS doesn't even count for close to half of all Google's mobile map usage. Let alone Google Maps as a whole.

Though I don't know why I'm bothering to respond to you as in the past you've repeatedly proven to be quite beyond any kind of reason.
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We don't have any confirmed stats for Google map usage by platform but what we do know, because it has been confirmed from multiple sources over a period of time, is that iOS users use the web on their devices significantly more than Android users.

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2012/07/02/mobile_web_stats/

These recent figures show iOS account for 65% of mobile web traffic.

Similarly we also know from Google's own testimony at Washington hearings that Apple's iOS devices account for 65 per cent of mobile web traffic versus Android's 20 per cent

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2012/07/02/mobile_web_stats/

So I think it is reasonable to assume that map usage is probably running at a similar rate to general web use and search use, I certainly cannot think of any reasons why it wouldn't. I think my suggestion that half of Google's mobile map traffic comes from iOS is probably an underestimate.

We know iOS system upgrades are adopted fast and by a very high percentage of iOS users so as I said almost all that map traffic to Google traffic will disappear in the next few weeks as iOS 6 system upgrades continue.

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