Nokia’s little-known mapping service, Here Maps, that the company launched in November last year has been removed from the App Store. The company alleges that Apple’s iOS 7 changes ruined the Here Maps’ user experience.
HMS Ocelot was one of the thirteen Oberon-class submarines and the last submarine built for the Royal Navy between 1959 and 1964. However, now you can take an entire tour inside HMS Ocelot via Google Street View.
Apple has bought an indoor mobile location positioning company named WifiSLAM for $20 Million. According to a Wall Street Journal report, an Apple spokesman confirmed the acquisition, but didn’t reveal much.
Apple’s own Maps app for iOS devices hasn’t exactly been a success. Whereas it lacks many features, one of the critical deficiencies is the lack of any alternatives to the popular ‘Street View’ feature in Google Maps. An iOS developer has now devised a clever way of accessing the Street View features directly from within the iOS 6 Maps app.
We recently reported that such users who tried accessing Google Maps via Internet Explorer on a Windows Phone devices were redirected to the Google home page. It was revealed that the problem emanated from the fact that IE doesn’t use WebKit which, Google holds, is essential to provide a good Maps experience.
A huge number of iOS users had apparently refused to update to iOS 6 because of a lack of Google Maps. And now that a Google Maps app for iOS is here, these users seem to be making the switch rather rapidly. Ever since the app was released, there has been a 30% increase in unique iOS 6 users.
Ever since Apple decided to replace Google Maps with its own, iOS users have been seeking other mapping solutions for their devices. Apple did provide them with a list of viable alternatives but none fares as good as what Google offers. Apparently, Nokia is now trying to fill in this space with its new ‘Here’ maps app.
Apple has stirred a lot of controversy by ousting Google Maps from iOS 6 and replacing the service with its own Maps app. Since Apple’s new maps lack a number of fundamental features and are often faulty in displaying information, this has frustrated iOS users. Talking about this issue, Google’s chairman, Eric Schmidt, says that Apple should have continued using Google Maps.
Apple Maps in iOS 6 allows users to cache a much larger area for offline viewing than Google Maps. Apple Maps allows users to view any location around a 740 mile radius (1200 km) from cache when a data connection is lost. Google Maps provided viewing of areas in just a 10 mile radius. While traveling, many users commonly experience some-sort of internet outage, and with this type of offline viewing radius, users will be able to continue their trip for miles.
Apple replaced Google Maps with its own offering in iOS 6. Ever since the release, users have been complaining and pointing out numerous errors. Now, Apple CEO Tim Cook has posted a letter to customers on the company’s website, apologizing for the user experience, and even pointing to some alternatives. Get the details inside.
Recently, Google’s Chairman Eric Schmidt put a hole in the hopes of iPhone 5 users when he said that Google was not working on a Maps app for iOS 6. After the abysmal performance of Apple’s Maps, many had hoped that Google may ship out a Google Maps app soon. But, Google’s Executive Chairman has turned down any possibility. However, reports hint that Google may release a Maps app for iOS 6 by Christmas, despite Schmidt’s denial.
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