The funky map application on Apple's iOS 6 will not be rescued by Google anytime soon, the internet giant's executive chairman Eric Schmidt said on Tuesday in Tokyo.
Mr Schmidt made his comments amidst growing complains from new iPhone 5 users that the iOS Maps deployed with the mobile phone has been a letdown so far. Apple Insider reported yesterday that Apple fans are sorely missing the Goggle Maps features that were part of the iPhone handsets since the first version hit the global market.
"Perhaps most troubling was the lack of features users had become accustomed to with Google Maps, such as Street View, highly-detailed map data and public transit routes," the tech blog site said on its Tuesday report.
And iPhone owners, it appears, will have to bear the geographical errors that the iOS Maps were fraught with at the moment as Mr Schmidt told Reuters: "We have not done anything yet."
The ball, he added, is actually on Apple's hands as he clarified that Google Maps is readily available once the Apple App Store re-opens its door to the popular application.
The Google chair said his firm will not force Apple to change its decision to drop Google Maps from its ecosystem, a move that analysts said was mostly influenced by the rise of Android, presently the world's largest smartphone platform.
"We think it would have been better if they had kept ours ... but it's their call," Mr Schmidt said in news briefing in Tokyo that Google has arranged to promote the Google Nexus tablet in Japan, The Wall Street Journal reported.
The former Google CEO also addressed speculations that Apple would eventually nix all its partnership with his firm, which means YouTube and Google Search will be gradually eased out from the Apple universe.
"I'm not going to speculate at all what they're going to do. They can answer that question as they see fit," Mr Schmidt told reporters in Tokyo yesterday.
But he insisted that is Apple is amenable, Google would want to continue its collaboration with the tech giant.
Google, he added, is focused on further increasing the number of mobile global users that are attuned with the company's services as attested, Mr Schmidt noted, by the fact that "our market share is so much higher," despite the media hype on the record sales achieved by almost every Apple product.
The wide media coverage generated by Apple product launches, Mr Schmidt conceded, is "great for Apple but the numbers are on our side."
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