Can we talk about Google GPS?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by solideliquid, Oct 29, 2009.

  1. solideliquid macrumors 6502

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    I haven't seen this discussed (sorry if it already is), but why can't the iPhone get an updated Maps app with Google's Turn by Turn GPS which is being offered FREE on the new Droid?

    WTF do we have to pay $100 for a GPS app, and another $120 for the stand when the Droid gets the app for free, and the stand for $30??
     
  2. Cleverboy macrumors 65816

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    You sound angry.

    Were you this angry when Google unveiled Streetview for Android with compass view? Google wants its Navigation software used by everyone. It's up to Apple. Isn't this around the same time of year Streetview for Android was released? We should have an iPhone update in January. Patience. Maybe GearLive will break that story too.

    ~ CB
     
  3. jav6454 macrumors P6

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    Google already implied and technically said, they are working on an iPhone application or working to enhance the current iPhone Maps application.
     
  4. solideliquid thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Calmer than you are.
     
  5. mstier09 macrumors regular

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    +1 for Big Lebowski reference

    on a side note, i hope that we get the free google nav app. but that is ultimately less important that a good Big Lebowski quote
     
  6. Acronym macrumors 68000

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    yes you can talk about google GPS.

    im fine with the maps app that is currently present with only a few problems that it sometimes cannot find me exactly and shows that i am driving in a lake or in some forestry :p
     
  7. Kadman macrumors 65816

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    That may be more of an alcohol problem than a GPS accuracy problem. ;)
     
  8. lamadude macrumors 6502

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    Maybe because android is for a large part google's OS? Makes sense that they would develop things for android first or even exclusively.
     
  9. mankar4 macrumors 6502a

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    That's the price we pay for being fanboys of an ultimately closed system!
     
  10. Konz macrumors regular

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    Here's a little secret I'm gonna let you in on, but then we have to kill you: Google is behind Android.

    *GASP*

    Now put this blindfold on and stand against that brick wall, please...
     
  11. LinMac macrumors 65816

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    1) Calm down.

    2) Calm down.

    3) Calm down.

    4) Calm down just a bit more.

    Okay, let's talk.

    Google just unveiled this new toy. It'll be coming to the iPhone too, but it was released in Android 2.0 as a new feature of Google's own phone OS.

    Google makes money from advertising (they give the Android OS away with virtually no profit made from it) so they have every incentive to have their services built into the iPhone too.

    Just sit back and wait. Android got it first because that is Google's own platform. It'll be coming to the iPhone too if Apple allows it (just remember Google Voice).
     
  12. Daiden macrumors 6502a

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    I'm sure it'll make its way to the iPhone. To be fair, though, Google deserves a bit of exclusivity for its own platform, and a big addition to the Maps app on the iPhone would probably come along with other features in a future software update (early 2010 maybe?).

    This is the disadvantage of having a closed platform, but chances are Google wouldn't have immediately released their Navigation app on the iPhone anyway.
     
  13. aphexacid macrumors 6502a

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    I'm sure it will be extremely simple. Still, free is free.

    But i LOVE my Navigon!
     
  14. davehutch macrumors 6502a

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    Don't forget

    Google GPS may be nice and free in your own country, but is useless overeseas unless you want to pay hundreds in roaming data charges.
     
  15. Cleverboy macrumors 65816

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    Lose the "WTF" and multiple question marks and we'll talk. lol. I raised good points. Either you're looking to discuss, or you're just venting. You can't have it both ways.

    ~ CB
     
  16. Tiffy macrumors member

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    As many other said before, Google gets its revenue from ads, so probably they will propose this app to Apple. And why would Apple refuse an app which adds value to the Iphone ?

    Regarding the difference with paid apps, at the moment the only thing that is sure is that most of these paid apps have onboard maps (so no communication required and no risk of getting lost if you loose connectivity). Google GPS seem pretty good in the demo, but only a test in real conditions will allow to compare with other GPSs.

    At least 2 functions of Google GPS on which I have some doubts :
    - I doubt that the voice recognition work so well
    - If, as Google says, the maps and streetviews are downloaded at the beginning of the trip in order to avoid being lost if you loose connectivity, it means that you will have to wait a certain time before you can start. And in the worst case, you could have no connectivity at your starting point !
     
  17. davehutch macrumors 6502a

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    Let's hope you don't get lost then, because you may not have a connection to download further maps so that you can find yourself again!
     
  18. ViViDboarder macrumors 68040

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    Awesome. :D

    And on topic now...

    I think it'd dubious that this would even be allowed to be in the app store and less likely a part of Maps.

    You all realize Apple makes money every time a GPS app is sold in the app store? How about free apps? Apple makes nothing. I'm sure they'd find some rule to block Google's app. Also, I wouldn't be suprised if Google does this KNOWING Apple is going to block it.

    Think of all the bad press Apple has gotten about Google Voice or Latitude. If they blocked this too what do you think that's going to do for Android phone sales?

    Follow the money. :D
     
  19. vivithemage macrumors 6502a

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    wifi + cache, good to go.
     
  20. uberamd macrumors 68030

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    Then when we talk about the Android Market, how does Google having a free GPS application impact that? Companies like Tom Tom, Navigon, etc are going to be immediately blocked from the Android Market because their product is essentially free.
     
  21. Gav2k macrumors G3

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    Has anyone in the uk actually tried using the built in maps app to plan a route? It's bloody awful.

    1, you have to have a live connection.
    2, it really dosnt understand one way streets and I'm talking streets that have been one way since horse and cart days.
    3, it seems to like going miles out of it's way to get you somewhere.
     
  22. ViViDboarder macrumors 68040

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    They won't be blocked... They can still release it if they want to compete with Google Nav.

    The consumer wins. If TomTom really thinks their product is better than GNav then they'll release it anyway. Some peopel will probably prefer it and buy it. The vast majority will be happy with GNav.
     
  23. uberamd macrumors 68030

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    Based on the video, it seems like it would be a waste to introduce a product that has duplicate functionality and a $50+ price tag. I can't see any GPS company developing for Android when an amazing, free GPS is available at no cost.
     
  24. ViViDboarder macrumors 68040

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    While I agree that I wouldn't buy it...

    There are plenty of companies that feel like they offer a better product than free versions. TomTom has a userbase already and many people would pay to have the same product on their phones.

    People buy Windows and OSX when Ubuntu has been free and runs just as well. People will stay pay for familiarity. People buy plenty of apps when there are free or cheaper versions in the App store already too.
     
  25. uberamd macrumors 68030

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    This is true.

    This isn't true at all. I use Linux all the time (heck I sysadmin many Linux servers), and it isn't nearly as friendly as Windows or OS X. It simply isn't there yet.
     

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