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App for Google Maps In The App Store Depends On Apple – Eric Schmidt

Apple's iPhone 5 has landed with awesome features on board and been praised by reviewers. However, just like Consumer Report, users are complaining about company's decision to use its in-house Apple Maps application, claiming that it falls way below consumer expectation. Google's Eric Schmidt said today in Tokyo, it's now up to Apple what it will do with Google Maps, they haven't moved a finger recently.

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If you upgraded to iOS 6 than you have surely noticed the new maps icon which launches Apple's own maps application. The app is based on TomTom NV's data, a Dutch company of navigation equipment and digital mapmaker, that contains geographical errors and lacks some of the features the popular Google Maps had.

Obviously, Google's position can't be much more than pushing its software. "We think it would have been better if they had kept ours. But what do I know? What were we going to do, force them not to change their mind? It's their call," Eric Schmidt said. He also mentioned that both companies were in constant communication on all kinds of levels and now the ball is in Apple's court. He continued to say that any decision to see a Google Maps application in the App Store is up to the Cupertino company, as they have not done anything at this point.

Google and Apple were happy partners when the iPhone originally launched in 2007 and included YouTube and Google Maps as preinstalled apps. However, since the Android vs. Apple war has gone mainstream, the ties between the two companies has been strained, due to the Android's popularity and the mobile OS that Steve Jobs called a stolen product.

Now Android is the world's most popular mobile operating system followed by Apple's iOS. The two own nearly 90% of all smartphone markets across the globe. Apple went after each and every popular smartphone maker that drives most of the Android smartphone sales, such as Samsung, HTC and Motorola. They recently won a $1 billion patent infringement lawsuit against the No. 1 smartphone vendor, Samsung. However, according to the recently filed court documents it is now askingite for an additional $700 million in damages. [via Bloomberg]

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