Apple’s new iOS 6 means no more Maps (or YouTube). That’s a bummer, because it’s been a staple of Apple’s mobile platform since the first iPhone launched in 2007. And while Apple is releasing its own maps offering, the general consensus seems to be that it isn’t quite up to par with Google Maps — and it’ll likely stay that way in the foreseeable future.
The search giant is reportedly lining up a conveniently timed Android update for Wednesday that further pushes Google’s offering ahead of the competition. According to The New York Times, the update will give users the ability to sync across multiple devices, among other things. For example, if you search for something on your computer, it’ll automatically show up on your phone, making the experience that much more convenient.
When asked whether a standalone app would hit iOS, Google Maps VP Brian McClendon didn’t confirm nor deny if one was currently in development. McClendon did say, however, that Google wants “to make [Maps] available for everyone,” possibly hinting that we can expect something in the future.