Saying Goodbye to Google Maps, Apple introduced Apple Maps in iOS 6. But few days after launch, Apple CEO Tim Cook had to apologize to Apple Maps users for faulty maps in iOS 6. On the other side, Google has not been remained quiet. Rather the tech giant is bidding to hold onto iPhone users by improving its maps for the mobile Web. We have come to know that Google is planning to announce the debut of Street View images to its mobile Google Maps web app.
After the release of Apple Maps, people started to complaining and pointing out numerous errors. Apple CEO Tim Cook said “extremely sorry” for that faulty map. But at that situation, he suggested Apple Map user to use others’ map like Bing, MapQuest and Waze, Nokia and even Google maps. Google might be waiting for this chance to hold onto iPhone users by improving its own maps for the mobile Web. The company started to promote the use of Google’s maps to iOS 6 Apple Map users in this way (Bold and Italic ours) –
You can still use Google’s maps — on the Web. Visit maps.google.com and accept the offer to create a Home-screen icon for you. You won’t get spoken directions, but you’ll get written directions, public transportation details, live traffic reports and, of course, Google’s far superior maps and data. In two weeks, you’ll be able to get Street View this way, too, says Google. And you can install the Google Plus Local app for full access to Google’s more complete database of shops and businesses.
The lack of Street View was one major downside of Apple’s apps, which Google seems set to capitalize on by offering it in its mobile web app. Street View is the tried-and-tested method of finding the exact point of destination, and by adding the feature to the web app, Google will not only score a couple of points versus its bitter rival, but also help many of its consumers in the process.
It’s been written in Wall Street Journal :
Google plans to announce on Thursday that it is adding its popular Street View feature, missing from Apple’s maps, to the Web version of Google Maps accessed from the iPhone and iPad. …which displays 360-degree photographic street views of selected locations, and interior photographic views of certain businesses.