Apple and Google Go to Battle over Virtual Territory
It’s kind of like the timeless airline debate—window or aisle—but when it comes to mobile technology; Apple or Android can cause some serious discussion. In case you missed the big Apple shindig a couple weeks ago, there’s all kind of new technology heading down the portable pipeline. However, the big news for travelers is that Apple is getting into the mobile mapping business, and that means that they’re ditching Google Maps as the default option for their iPhones, iPads, iPods, and pretty much everything else.
Of course like with any Apple product there’s all kinds of secrets, so we’ll have to wait to get the new maps into our hot little hands before we can give a full review. However, Apple has been gobbling up other smaller companies and licensing technology. We wouldn’t be surprised to see three-dimensional flyovers, turn-by-turn directions, traffic updates, and maybe even some other tech tidbits. One thing that we are sure about, is that there’s going to be some pretty decent integration with existing apps and the iOS software as a whole.
Now don’t get all worried about losing your beloved Google Maps, because we know it’s going to be difficult just to quit them cold turkey. Google promises that they’re mapping fun will still be available across several mobile platforms, so it’s not like you’ll never see their cute little StreetView character ever again.
Your default choice will likely be the way in which Apple sees the streets and roads, so you’ll have to go ahead and manually select Google Maps if you want to see the world like they do. We do like having an option—even if it comes to maps—so we’re thinking that we’ll pick and choose our favorite aspects of each. We’ll give you our full opinion once the maps creep onto iPhones later this year.