Google Hints at Continued iOS Support For Maps

By Brent Rose on at

Remember how Apple is booting Google Maps in iOS 6 in favour of its own maps app? And remember how Google Maps is still way better? Well a Google exec just dropped a major hint that it won't be leaving iOS users high and dry. Probably.

Yesterday Jeff Huber, Google's Senior Vice President of Commerce & Local, was on Google+, patting the backs of the Google Street View team for their exhibit at the Computer History Museum. An iOS-using commenter said he was hoping Google Maps would still be available on iOS. To that, Mr. Huber responded, "We look forward to providing amazing Google Maps experiences on iOS."

Naturally, everyone wants to know what the hell he meant by that. Would Google make their Maps app available for download in the App Store? Or would this just be some kind of HTML5 solution that would be accessible by mobile browser (shudder)? Huber hasn't said anything more, but we've reached out for comment and will update if we hear anything. At any rate, a glimmer of hope for Google Maps-loving iOS users. [9to5 Mac]