Eric Schmidt Confirms That Google Maps Is Not Coming To iPhone 5 Yet

Posted Sep 25, 2012

After Apple removed the Google Maps as a default application on the iPhone 5, there has been speculation about whether Google will develop a mapping application independently.  However the company has not made any moves to launch a separate Google Maps application for the iPhone 5 according to Google Executive chairman Eric Schmidt.

Apple launched their own mapping application earlier this month after iOS 6 was launched and the iPhone 5 started shipping.  Some people have complained that Apple’s new mapping service has geographical errors.  Apple’s mapping service is based on Dutch navigation equipment and data from TomTom NV.

“We think it would have been better if they had kept ours. But what do I know?” said Schmidt when talking to a small group of reporters in Tokyo. “What were we going to do, force them not to change their mind? It’s their call.”

Schmidt said that Apple and Google are in constant communication at all kinds of levels, but he said that any decision on whether Google Maps would be accepted as an application on the Apple App Store would need to be made by Apple.  “We have not done anything yet,” said Schmidt.

Schmidt added that he hoped to remain Apple’s search partner on the iPhone, but said that was up to Apple too.  “I’m not doing any predictions. We want them to be our partner. We welcome that. I’m not going to speculate at all what they’re going to do. They can answer that question as they see fit,” added Schmidt.

“Apple is the exception, and the Android system is the common model, which is why our market share is so much higher,” said Schmidt.  He added that their success is often ignored by the media.

He said that the media was “obsessed with Apple’s marketing events and Apple’s branding.”  He added “That’s great for Apple but the numbers are on our side.”

Schmidt was announcing the Google Nexus tablet in Japan and even demoed a new function built into Google Maps.  The new function allowed users to shift the view of an area by moving the device in the air without touching the screen.  “Take that Apple,” said Schmidt.  “That was a joke by the way.”