One of last year’s greatest mobile controversies was the removal of Google Maps from iOS 6, which was ousted in favour of Apple’s own mapping solution.
Of course, Apple Maps was universally panned, making news headlines around the world for all the wrong reasons, and Eric Schmidt says he’d like to see Google Maps make a return to its former position as default.
Speaking at an AllThingsD conference thingy, the former presidential advisor and current Executive Chairman of Google had some interesting stuff to say.
Specifically: "We would still really like them to use our maps. It would be easy for them to take the app in the store and put it as their basic one."
Google Maps made a triumphant return to the App Store in December 2012, with a whopping 10 million downloads in just two days.
Of course, Apple Maps remains the default in iOS 6, and it’s so stinky that Apple CEO Tim Cook issued a public apology, conceding that Team Cupertino “fell short” with its Google Maps alternative.
Schmidt refused to say if negotiations were currently taking place regarding the return of Google Maps as iOS’s default. In the meantime, the only way to get rid of Apple Maps is by jailbreaking.