If a certain number of Waze users report the same closing, the app will automatically start re-routing all users around reported road closures.
Google released its Maps app for iOS today, and the title is already drawing rave reviews as it tops the App Store charts. That’s very bad news for Nokia, whose Here offering has produced lackluster results following its November release.
Apple’s iOS is the next battleground in the mapping wars, as both Google and Nokia are preparing to compete with Apple’s flawed offering. The window is open for Google and Nokia to gain traction with iOS users as Apple scrambles to address its mapping problems.
Apple has encountered some fierce blow-back from its decision to replace Google Maps in iOS 6 with its own home-brewed concoction that seems to have started out with bad directions. Some critics have accused Apple of using it users as cannon fodder in its jihad against all things Google. Others have argued such a screw up never would have happened if Steve Jobs were still alive (as if there were some way to undo that problem) — a criticism that may have reached its peak over the weekend in an op-ed in the New York Times by former business columnist Joe Nocera, who asked, “Has Apple Peaked?” By this morning, however, the backlash to the backlash had set in. Fortune’s Philip Elmer-Dewitt maintains Apple would have been crazy to keep Google Maps on the iPhone, and that the decision to drop is was almost certainly made long ago, by Steve Jobs. Tech blogger Brian S. Hall calls Nocera “a dumbass” for even raising the question, while Jean-Louis Gassee, in his widely read Monday Note, argues that Apple had no choice and that its critics are being short-sighted.
It’s an unusually busy Friday in the world of mobile: GigaOM’s Mobilize 2012 continues today in San Francisco (follow the action via livestream here), and Apple’s iPhone hit the market today to long lines, stock shortages and the inevitable flurry of stories questioning whether the device has structural flaws. Perhaps the biggest news of the day, though, is the rash of negative reviews for Apple Maps, which debuted this week in iOS 6. Apple appears to have rushed its new offering to market prematurely just as maps have become a new battleground in the mobile platform wars. Those reviews haven’t deterred all those consumers standing in line this morning, but Apple needs to improve its maps in a hurry to prevent some customers from turning to other maps providers — and maybe other platforms.
Apple’s move to dump Google Maps instead of an in-house solution illustrates how big a battleground mobile mapping has become in the war between mobile operating systems. Here’s what to expect over the next year or two.
A Wall Street Journal report details the falling out between Apple and Google over Google Maps on iOS devices. The two sides have bickered for years over the implementation of mapping technology, and it turns out Apple has already begun moving away from Google’s technology.