Search engine giant Google’s map application is not expected to return to Apple’s devices soon, according to Google executive chairman Eric Schmidt.
iPhone maker Apple replaced Google Maps with its own maps application, data for which is delivered by TomTom, in its newly launched iPhone 5. However users of the new smartphone have complained about geographical errors and missing data on the maps feature.
Schmidt said that the firm has not done anything yet about making its own app available on the App Store. "We’ve been in touch with them for a long time [about Google Maps], and we talk to them every day," Schmidt said. "In my opinion it would have been better to retain our maps. It’s their decision, I’ll let them describe it."
Apple’s decision to eliminate Google’s map service from the iPhone for the first time since its launch in 2007 follows the intensification of rivalry between the two firms.