I asked Google today if we’d be getting a Google Maps app, and if
so, when and also if it would include turn-by-turn navigation.
Here’s what I was sent back:
We believe Google Maps are the most comprehensive, accurate and
easy-to-use maps in the world. Our goal is to make Google Maps
available to everyone who wants to use it, regardless of device,
browser, or operating system.
Let’s parse the statement. It sounds like Google wants its own app
for iOS 6 — hence the “regardless of device” part. But it’s not
confirming that this will happen soon or why it’s not already
Is Apple somehow blocking it? If so, Google’s not saying. Is
Google holding back for some strange reason? Again, we just
I highly doubt Apple would “block” it, where by “block” I mean “reject a submitted Google Maps app that complies with the App Store guidelines”. But how limited would a maps app be given those guidelines?
The app couldn’t do turn-by-turn while in the background, for one thing. Correction: I was wrong. Turn-by-turn directions in the background are supported for App Store.
Anyway, I wouldn’t read too much into this statement. It’s just good PR not to say anything until it’s ready.