Apple may have dropped Google Maps in its own Maps application, but that doesn’t mean Google is giving up on iOS.
According to Jeff Huber, Senior Vice President of Commerce and Local at Google, the Mountain View-based company may be hard at work on a Google Maps application for the iPhone and the iPad.
Huber was answering a question from an iOS user when he made the remark. The user requested that Google release a map app after stating a preference for Google’s service, and Huber replied: “We look forward to providing amazing Google Maps experiences on iOS.”
What does an “amazing experience” mean, exactly? There’s no telling, but Google does offer a very robust mapping application on the Android platform. Google could potentially bring the features of the Android app, which include maps with 3D buildings, turn-by-turn navigation, and live traffic information, to iOS.
Of course, giving Android exclusive features to iOS users might take away from Google’s own smartphone and tablet market share. Will Google risk losing its own customers to entice iOS users to use its mapping app over Apple?
The future of Google Maps on iOS is unclear, but it will be interesting to see what Google brings to the table.