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A lot of people really don't like Apple's Maps app. Missing locations, shoddy directions--the whole thing may have left you yearning for a time when we used actual paper maps to find places. But a new report says Google's own mapping service is nearly ready to step up to the iOS plate.
According to Wall Street Journal, a source says Google is just "putting the finishing touches" on its new iOS map app. Of course, the next step will involve Apple giving its approval.
The Journal's report also states the Google Maps app will feature turn-by-turn navigation.
Both Apple and Google have remained relatively quiet on the possibility of a Google Maps app finding its way back on to the iOS platform. With the launch of iOS 6, Apple removed the Google-powered Maps app. The replacement, an Apple-designed Maps, was seen by many as a huge disappointment.
The poor reception of Apple's Maps app led CEO Tim Cook to publicly apologize, stating the company had "fell short" on its customer experience commitment.
Unfortunately, there's no indication as to when Google will actually submit its mapping app to Apple. And even then, there's no guarantee Apple will let the competing software on its App Store.
Earlier this month, some Google employees allegedly called the chances of a Google Maps app passing Apple approval as "unlikely." Considering the two companies' shaky relationship--which may have started this whole fiasco--there's a chance Apple won't play ball.
Nokia just recently announced its own iOS mapping app, called Here.
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