Now that Apple is working on its own maps app, Google has some new competition. Of course, Apple’s app is far from perfect and there are suggestions that the Cupertino company is in fact looking at hiring current or former Google contractors to assist with the development of their own app.
Google is currently one of the leaders in this niche and it appears that the search engine giant is planning on developing their own maps application for iOS devices. This app will function on the iPad, iPod and the iPhone, but it will not be available for several months. Once it is ready, Google still has to deal with Apple’s stringent approval process to see if their app makes it into the app store.
So far, Google hasn’t really focussed on Apple apps and aside from an upcoming Maps application, the only other major app that they have for iOS is their YouTube app. On one hand, it is exciting to hear that Google wants to develop for iOS, but even if their app does get ultimately approved, it will not become the default application on iOS. As such, if you receive an email with a link to Google Maps, by default, Apple maps will open. The same will take place on the iPhone when you request directions using Siri.