Apple seeking out ex-Google Maps staff?

Apple seeking out ex-Google Maps staff?The big furore over the iPhone 5 (other than those scratches) was of course Apple replacing Google Maps with its own not-quite-up-to-the-task-yet Maps app. Oh, the humanity!

Needless to say, Apple will be working flat out to improve iOS 6 Maps, and word on the street is it’s snapping up ex-Google Maps peeps. Makes sense to us.

The story is reported over on Technical Crunch, thanks to “a source with connections on both teams.”

The source reckons many Google Maps employees lost interest when the focus started to shift towards indoor mapping. That appears to be working in Apple’s favour.

“Many of my coworkers at Google Maps eventually left when their contracts ended or on their own accord,” says Jim Source. “One guy looked around for other GIS work and ended up at Apple when a recruiter contacted him.”

Jim continues: “Another co-worker that was a project lead at Google Maps, left for the East Coast after his contract ended, and was recently contacted by an Apple recruiter. He’s gone through 2 rounds of interview and seems like a frontrunner to land that position.”

The source acknowledges that Apple has a lot of work to do, but with those ex-Google peeps and a big pile of cash, it’s only a matter of time.

Meanwhile, a YouTube video shows the Google Maps app working on iOS 6. It's said to be "crashy" at the moment, but will eventually make its way to jailbroken iDevices. Of course, as we were saying the other day, you can always pop a shortcut to maps.google.com on your home screen.

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JanSt / MOD  Sep. 24, 2012 at 16:04

So, like... employees change employers? Just like that? Shocking lack of loyalty.

What I don't get: how is outdoor mapping more satisfying than indoor mapping? Or is that an ethical choice? o_O This dumb but not dumber kinda thing? Puzzling times.

CTPAHHIK  Sep. 24, 2012 at 17:02

Yeah, do you expect people to work the rest of their life for same company? Google is not as exciting as it used to be.

"We have a lot of ideas on how to improve existing outdoor functionality"
"Management is interested in indoor mapping, you can shove your ideas where ... "
"Bye, bye, gonna go work for competition "

rash  Sep. 24, 2012 at 21:35

If Apple think nicking a few employees is going to get them back in the game they are surely mistaken! This is how much effort google puts into their maps:

http://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2012/09/how-google-builds-its-maps-and-what-it-means-for-the-future-of-everything/261913/

Take the long term look and short Apple stocks now. Mark my words in 10 years time Apple will be the new Nokia.

JanSt / MOD  Sep. 24, 2012 at 21:51

If Apple think nicking a few employees is going to get them back in the game they are surely mistaken! This is how much effort google puts into their maps:

http://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2012/09/how-google-builds-its-maps-and-what-it-means-for-the-future-of-everything/261913/

Take the long term look and short Apple stocks now. Mark my words in 10 years time Apple will be the new Nokia.


It's impressive, indeed. As is Nokia's groundwork in the whole area.
But you seem to suggest Apple just locked a bunch of monkeys in a basement with a box of crayons?
No offence, but the 5 million they sold over one weekend is more than most Android models sold. (not every Android device sells 30 million times). It's also more than Nokia sold of their WP models last QUARTER. 5 million would suggest that quite a few people can imagine living without Google's maps, or coping with workarounds.
Meanwhile Apple can continue development of their maps app, while profitting from Nokia, Google etc etc... They can avoid mistakes, leave out gimmicky trials etc... Assuming they don't go broke over the next 24 months, I'm inclined to assume the iPhone 6S will have pretty competent mapping out of the box.

Of course, I may be wrong. Maybe Google release a cracking app for iOS, and maybe Apple allow it in the AppStore. And maybe they decide to, oops, just forget the whole thing ever happened. Either way, the issue doesn't at all compare to the pile-up of mistakes made by Nokia... from the 5800 on over delayed launches, plastic and more plastic resistive screens; slow processors and low RAM in highend devices like the E7. Half-assed commitment to MeeGo, eventually turned into MaeMo v2.0...then WP etc etc... Come on, that is different to mucking up maps.

PS. almost forgot - in addition to 5 million plus iPhone 5 devices already sold, iOS 6 has been downloaded over 100 million times already. 100 million times no gmaps. World didn't end, it seems.

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