iPhone owners holding out for a Google Maps app to replace the much lambasted Apple Maps are advised not to hold their breath, after the search giant’s former CEO admitted that work has not begun on an application.
In a Q&A in Japan, Eric Schmidt, who helmed Google until 2011, revealed that the company has “not done anything” about working up an app to sell through the App Store.
He also stressed that Google is keen to maintain good relations with its rival for smartphone market share. That suggests that whatever its next move is, it won’t be doing anything rashly.
"We want [Apple] to be our partner. We welcome that. I'm not going to speculate at all what they're going to do. They can answer that question as they see fit."
That’s not to say that Schmidt entirely pulled his punches. Not a bit of it, claiming that as far as he’s concerned it “would have been better [for Apple] if they had kept [Google Maps]”, before slightly disingenuously asking "But what do I know?”
News of his remarks come after Apple has been forced to deflect huge criticism of the Apple Maps software that replaces Google Maps in the iPhone 5 and other iPhones and iPads running the latest iOS 6 version of its software.
This has stemmed principally from a string of factual inaccuracies, missing towns and misspellings.