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  1. Can someone please explain this to me?

    Google and Apple compete against each other in several different areas. Google would love to see iPhone market share dive and Android market share rise.

    Apple finds itself in trouble with a lousy maps app. Google comes to the rescue with a FREE Google maps app. This helps out Apple market share and is likely a hit to Android market share. Why did Google do this? Why not let the iPhone take the hit?
    Thanks
    Gary

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  2. nieltab

    nieltab Well-Known Member

    I think google wants as much google users as possible and this includes google maps. Despite it is on the iphone, everyone knows that google maps belongs to google.
  3. dan330

    dan330 Well-Known Member

    google is in this for the money... like every other company!!!

    google does not make money on android OS or the phones that are sold!
    the OS is free to all.

    Google makes money from ads.. and searches..
    they want info from users.. to help their ad strategy.

    google maps.. helps gather info about users...
    get users to use google services..

    ios or android.. it is all the same to google
  4. Digital Controller

    Digital Controller The Real Bass Creator Guide

    Google has puts it on there to also send the message, hey we can make stable products when Apple can't. They are pushing their image onto the users of the iPhone, which is pretty genius.

    Even though users are on an iPhone they can still say that Google makes some good apps from seeing how Maps works on the iPhone.
  5. Rxpert83

    Rxpert83 Dr. Feelgood Moderator

    Because Google and apple are competing for information.

    That's why Google got into the smart phone market in the first place. They make their money off of people searching using the android eco system.

    Apple got rid of Google maps to stop Google from making money on apple users
  6. fdbryant3

    fdbryant3 Well-Known Member

    Not quite. Apple licensed Google Maps in order to provide that feature natively to iOS users. When they developed there own product they no longer needed Google Maps which is why they stopped licensing them.

    Although it is ultimately all about money it wasn't to stop Google Maps from making money off of Apple users (if it was then they wouldn't have approved the current Google Maps app) but to make Apple Maps the default (and thus most often used) mapping application of iOS>
  7. Mostly Harmless

    Mostly Harmless Well-Known Member Contributor

    Its actually really simple:
    Apple=evil
    Google=good
  8. huaren

    huaren Member

    Google map is much much better than apple map. Dont know why apple tries to develop their own software, it's very embarrassing moment for them I guess.
  9. Rxpert83

    Rxpert83 Dr. Feelgood Moderator

    Apple has more cash than they care about spending.

    This is a data battle. Or more bluntly stopping Google from getting the data
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  10. Omar Days

    Omar Days Well-Known Member

    This.

    And also, Google doesn't care one bit about fanboys and how it might upset them.
  11. Dan,
    thanks for your reply. since I posted the question I did some more research. What you are saying is basically true. This link explains Google's business model and tells how they actually do make money from the android platform - indirectly.
    Thanks, Gary
    dan330 likes this.
  12. Gmash

    Gmash Well-Known Member

    They could have charged for the Maps app, but Google takes the long view over short term profits. Millions of iPhone users now have the seed planted in their heads that Google can make a better product and still make it free. Plus Google keeps a finger in all of the pies.
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