Did Google just steal Apple's iOS 6 thunder?

bisnicks

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Well the Google Maps presentation just ended and it looks like they may have stolen some of Apple's thunder from iOS 6 if 3D maps is in fact one of the main features. What are your thoughts?
 

ChazUK

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The 3d maps was only displayed on Google Earth (on iPad)

No mention if it was coming to Google Maps Navigation so I'd say no if Apple pull off detailed 3d navigation in iOS6.
 
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blackhand1001

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The 3d maps was only displayed on Google Earth (on iPad)

No mention if it was coming to Google Maps Navigation so I'd say no if Apple pull off detailed 3d navigation in iOS6.
3d navigation would add nothing to the experience. In fact it would suck as the buildings would block the roads your trying to see.
 
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rhett7660

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Nope, I don't think so. I am hoping Apple keeps google maps and adds this functionality to it's apps. That would be nice. Having the option to pick which map program to use would be nice too, if they are indeed two separate programs.
 
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ChazUK

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3d navigation would add nothing to the experience. In fact it would suck as the buildings would block the roads your trying to see.
I don't know if it would add anything to navigation myself either but if done I'd assume anything that was in the way would be made transparent.

What Google showed off on Google Earth is a big improvement over what we have in Google Maps today either way.
 

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rdowns

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Well the Google Maps presentation just ended and it looks like they may have stolen some of Apple's thunder from iOS 6 if 3D maps is in fact one of the main features. What are your thoughts?

Nope. I saw this as Google trying to preempt Apple and having pretty much nothing to say. Difference between proactive and reactive companies.
 
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iJoeMac

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I think Google is always going to try to 'steal' Apple's thunder but to be honest they'll never succeed. :)
 
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Google Earth apps usefulness?

I've installed Google Earth and ran it maybe once or twice on my iPhone and iPad. It's a neat little app, but I haven't found a use for it outside of demoing it to people. Even for the desktop, I've barely used it outside of curiosity.

Not difficult to get the nerds excited over a tech demo.
 
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smithrh

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Quick answer to the OPs question: nope.

Digressing a bit, even though I'm not happy with Google overall, I do like Google Maps and Google Earth, and to a lesser extent, Street View.

But when compared to Google's data-mining nature, I'm going to be very happy when my mobile usage of maps data is no longer sent to Google. They just don't need to know where I am, and when I'm there.
 
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neiltc13

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Offline maps will be a great addition. I'm surprised no one realises how important this is.

I recently went on holiday to Spain and took my Lumia 800. I pre-loaded all of the maps of Barcelona into Nokia Drive and didn't have to use data at all while I was gone. Best part was it was all free.

Google's gone a step further and taken this beyond the turn by turn navigation app and into the maps app. They said it will even cache Street View images.

Apple is miles behind on this one.
 
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KnightWRX

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I've installed Google Earth and ran it maybe once or twice on my iPhone and iPad. It's a neat little app, but I haven't found a use for it outside of demoing it to people. Even for the desktop, I've barely used it outside of curiosity.
It's an enterprise level product. We dedicate a few terabytes to it where I work and it's darn useful for what we use it for.
 
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Yawn. More Google vaporware. Google releases demo level products while they developed the actual product and the fandroid claim they have it first while Apple releases finished products.

Get back to me when they are actually ready to release a working product to the public instead of demoing a 1/2 assed mapping app in an attempt to head off Apple's expected announcement at WWDC.
 
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KnightWRX

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Yawn. More Google vaporware. Google releases demo level products while they developed the actual product and the fandroid claim they have it first while Apple releases finished products.

Get back to me when they are actually ready to release a working product to the public instead of demoing a 1/2 assed mapping app in an attempt to head off Apple's expected announcement at WWDC.
http://maps.google.com
http://earth.google.com
 
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bozzykid

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I don't think Maps in iOS 6 will be the biggest selling point. At least, I hope not. If Apple can bring is close to being on par to Google Maps for Android, then I think most people will be satisfied. What is great about Google Maps for Android isn't 3D (it doesn't exist yet and I doubt many people care). It's the integration with places/reviews along with voice guided navigation. Apple may wow people with 3D maps but at the end of the day, they need to create a feature complete maps solution not just some pretty maps.
 
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Offline maps will be a great addition. I'm surprised no one realises how important this is.

I recently went on holiday to Spain and took my Lumia 800. I pre-loaded all of the maps of Barcelona into Nokia Drive and didn't have to use data at all while I was gone. Best part was it was all free.

Google's gone a step further and taken this beyond the turn by turn navigation app and into the maps app. They said it will even cache Street View images.

Apple is miles behind on this one.
How do you know Apple won't be using this? Good lord.

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I don't think Maps in iOS 6 will be the biggest selling point. At least, I hope not. If Apple can bring is close to being on par to Google Maps for Android, then I think most people will be satisfied. What is great about Google Maps for Android isn't 3D (it doesn't exist yet and I doubt many people care). It's the integration with places/reviews along with voice guided navigation. Apple may wow people with 3D maps but at the end of the day, they need to create a feature complete maps solution not just some pretty maps.
Exactly. If they don't, then it would be nice to use the Google maps.
 
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TLewis

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Yes it is. Both of those are the products Google demoed today. Are you mistaking upcoming feature additions to their existing products with all new products ? :rolleyes:
He's talking about an actual RELEASED product, and not an ANNOUNCED product. There's a big difference between the two. And he's right: regardless of what google says, they basically announced "upcoming features" in an attempt to steal some of Apple's thunder. Losing all of the iOS mapping eyeballs is going to make a dent in google.

(On the other hand, even though google's products have not yet been released, neither has iOS6. It's certainly possible that both will be released around the same time, and so the above argument is a bit nitpicky.)
 
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TLewis

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I like this post by MG Siegler.
Yup, even though google is saying this isn't a big deal, it is, and their actions are showing it.

However, if the rumors are true -- that google was keeping some mapping features android-only (like turn-by-turn routing), even temporarily -- google can't really be surprised if Apple goes off and creates their own mapping solution.

As cool as 3D maps are, they're basically eye-candy and lipstick, and not all that important, long-term. What will make or break Apple's mapping replacement is the quality of the plain maps, routing, and street view (because the current google maps app is of very high quality, and Apple will get burned to a crisp if the replacement isn't at least as good).
 
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TLewis

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No doubt. I never understood, aside from the pretty factor, why you woul dever want 3d for navigation
Well, some people do prefer 3D nav, and so there is a reason for having it. (3D map viewing, on the other hand, is a bit questionable, but there's definitely a market for 3D nav.)
 
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