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September 26, 2012

Google’s map service unlikely to feature on Apple devices soon, says Schmidt

Google's map application was removed from the iPhone 5

By CBR Staff Writer

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.

Google delivered Google Maps for the Apple’s iPhone until the latest release of iPhone 5 which registered up sales of about five million in its first three days.

Apple’s iPhone 5 was unveiled on 12 September 2012 featuring bigger screen and faster data speeds.

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