Google held a “Google Maps” event today to show off some new and exciting features coming to Google Maps soon. Many people in the tech community saw this as “Google Maps Event” a pre-emptive strike at Apple since Google Maps is expected to be axed from Apple’s upcoming iOS 6 which will be shown off next week at Apple’s WWDC 2012. Apple is expected to unveil its own Map software with 3D maps. Google today showed off a new 3D feature of Google Maps for Android and iOS. The app unfortunately crashed a few times (half-baked never looks good in public). The 3D features are cool and having an iPhone 4S, Galaxy Nexus, and the new iPad I’m looking forward to the update. Hopefully Apple will add something similar to Android's built in voice navigation software. We'll know in a few more days.
What struck me as odd today was that Google went out of its way to demonstrate this new version of Google Maps on an iPad, not an Android tablet. It only reminded me that Google desperately wants to remain on Apple’s map but judging by today’s event realized too late that it would have to settle as being another third party app in Apple’s App Store. It looks like Google is accepting losing its iconic place inside iOS.
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