Google maps on iphone is outdated. Why?

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  1. andygabriel macrumors regular

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    Probably because the Google Maps application on iOS is built with Apple and they don't want to update it.
     
  3. vistadude macrumors 65816

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    Go blame apple for not working with 3D. Bing maps has birds eye view, which is even more detailed than google maps.
     
  4. Apollo 13 macrumors 6502a

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    Bingo. Just something you have to deal with.
     
  5. QuarterSwede, Dec 16, 2010
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    Every update I hope they finally update the stock maps app to match Google Navigation on Andriod. It's embarrassingly behind. Even the stock YouTube app has been updated!
     
  6. aohus macrumors 68000

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    sorry if you want those perks you're gonna have to switch to Android OS. its just one of those things...

    its actually one of the main reasons why i switched to Android. Navigation, Maps, and Notification system.
     
  7. Tilpots macrumors 601

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    I'd have to guess that Apple's brewing up something for their own maps app after the acquisitions of Placebase and Poly9. I still don't think we've seen results from the integration of those two teams.
     
  8. mtnDewFTW macrumors 6502a

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    I think the app is actually made by Apple, not directly by Google. They worked with Google on the app, but it's not completely up to Google to update it. That's why the app is called 'Maps' not 'Google Maps' Google is just a partner. So as Google maps progress more, it's up to Apple to update it. Hopefully we'll see some improvements with the next iOS update.
     
  9. lsvtecjohn3 macrumors 6502a

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    I think were going to be seeing new maps in iOS 5. By the time iOS 5 comes out it will be over a year since Apple bought placebase and Poly9.
     
  10. QuarterSwede macrumors G3

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    Good insight.
     
  11. JD914 macrumors 6502a

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    I updated my Nexus One with Google Maps 5 and it's absolutely awesome! The 3D vectoring is amazing, Google hit a home run with this.

    Apple needs to break away their core Apps so they can be individually updated and not have to wait for an entire OS update <==welcome to 2007 :rolleyes:
     
  12. aohus macrumors 68000

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    +1 on that. i definitely prefer Android's update delivery system than the iPhone's lack of updates.
     
  13. seajay96 macrumors 6502

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    Unless they update it to include multiple destinations, alternate routing, and cached maps, I'm perfectly ok with the stock app. 3D vector drawing is just fluff.
     
  14. Dbrown macrumors 6502

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    Alternate routing has been around for a while. Latest version of maps allows for offline caching.

    Multiple destinations I'm not sure why that is a big deal. Just input your next destination when you reach one?
     
  15. adztaylor macrumors 68000

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    I agree with this.
     
  16. JD914 macrumors 6502a

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    Excuses, excuses, of course you're OK with the stock app :rolleyes:
     
  17. seajay96 macrumors 6502

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    Thanks for the less than helpful reply, but:

    1. Alternate routing doesn't work on iPhone Maps program (or, I can't find it)
    2. I'm pretty sure that the iPhone Maps program doesn't cache and, therefore doesn't work when you're out of data coverage.
    3. When you have 3 or 4 destinations, it's good to be able to plan the most efficient route.
     
  18. seajay96 macrumors 6502

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    The point was that updating for the sake of fluffy features like 3d vector drawings without adding useful features is a waste of precious time, money and memory resources.
     
  19. SAD*FACED*CLOWN macrumors 65816

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    you sir win the "most sensible post" in this thread award
     
  20. JD914 macrumors 6502a

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    You ask for the impossible and are closed to any improvement in the current app and say that improvement is fluff?

    Apple fanatics usually don't want or like what they know they can't or will never get.
     
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    I just love sarcasm lol
     
  22. jw nyc macrumors 6502a

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    Is there anything preventing Google from releasing a separate Google Maps app for iOS?
     
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    Apple
     
  24. jw nyc macrumors 6502a

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    Do map apps violate anything specific in the app store rules?
     
  25. LIVEFRMNYC macrumors 603

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    I read a rumor on some tech site that the next iPhone will not include Google Maps at all but instead have a stock map from another source with navigation.

    I hope it's not true tho .... as I like Google Maps. Don't care much for the guided navigation as I use Navigon for that. Wouldn't complain if they included it.
     

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