By Jonathan Charles | Sep 27, 2012 01:16 PM EDT
The problems with Apple's new Maps app do not seem likely to go away in the short-term. Apple recently released statements describing Maps as a long-term service. Google, developers of the former Google Maps app for iOS, will be implementing StreetView into Safari for iOS.
Street View will be implemented in two weeks, said Google. According to The New York Times the feature will be web-only.
"You won't get spoken directions, but you'll get written directions, public transportation details, live traffic reports, and, of course, Google's far superior maps and data. In two weeks, you'll be able to get Street View this way, too, says Google," The New York Times reported.
Google's official statement is that nothing is confirmed, because an official announcement has not been made.
After Maps' problems surfaced, Google was quick to point out Android's use of Google Maps. Google's mobile platform is integrated with its services, so it may not be surprising to see users defect. The company initially shared no update on Google Maps for iOS, but later confirmed that the app is in development.
Maps is new to iOS with iOS 6, released Sept. 19. Apple offers turn-by-turn navigation with TomTom and Yelp integration, while features like Flyover aim to replace and best Street View. Apple revealed in its statement that it will work with transit app developers to integrate into Maps. Whether Apple can bring different developers together and provide a working, consistent service remains unknown. Google's advantage is probably that Google Maps work consistently, while Apple is playing catch-up with Maps.
Selling five million iPhone 5s inside a week may vindicate Apple, but the company is being warned of complacency by media. News of decreasing customer satisfaction with iOS 6 may add to Apple's problems. A recent survey insisted that while customer satisfaction remains very high, levels are down. With the probable launch of Windows Phone this year, and perhaps a new phone from Google, the competition is increasing.
iOS 6 is available to download via iTunes or over the air.
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