The maps app from Google has been anticipated for quite some time now as Apple’s Map, which was incorporated in iOS 6, proved to be a disaster that ultimately led to a public apology from Tim Cook. News about Google working on a maps app first cropped up in September.
The WSJ report claims that the search engine giant is busy “putting finishing touches” on the app before it goes about putting it on the App Store. No timeline has been made available by the WSJ contact though. When approached, a Google representative informed WSJ, “We believe Google Maps are the most comprehensive, accurate and easy-to-use maps in the world.”
“Our goal is to make Google Maps available to everyone who wants to use it, regardless of device, browser, or operating system,” the representative added. Apple has not commented so far on this development.
Removal of Google Maps from iOS 6 prompted a huge outcry and the inaccuracies in Apple’s maps app made the situation worse. Apple had at the time revealed that it will be working towards improvement of the maps app but, chances are it will take Cupertino quite a long time to reach to Google’s standards when it comes to maps. Google has been working on maps for iOS despite the removal of its app from iOS and released 3D maps for iOS way ahead of Apple back in July.