Rumours of the impending death of Google Maps on the iOS platform are much exaggerated, one of the search giant’s execs has claimed.
Last week saw the official unveiling of iOS 6 – the latest version of Apple’s operating system for mobile devices. Due to drop in September, it will see the Cupertino-based company ditch Google Maps for a proprietary mapping solution dubbed Apple Maps.
Apple’s plan got short shrift among some tech watchers, however, when it emerged that Apple Maps featured far less germane local information/detail and looked pretty spartan alongside Google Maps.
But today, iFans got at least a crumb of comfort, after Google man Jeff Huber confirmed that the company is plotting to return Google Maps to Apple devices, albeit in the shape of an app.
Outlining the plan on social networking site Google+, Huber stated “We look forward to providing amazing Google Maps experiences on iOS.”
Alas, that’s all Huber disclosed, leaving us in the dark as to just how Google plans to implement Google Maps as an app.
Just as pressing in this respect is the thorny matter of whether Apple will allow a rival mapping service to be sold via the App Store, given its past propensity to banish competing apps from its download market. Still, in the meantime we can but hope.