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Google Backpedals On Turn-By-Turn GPS For iPhone 145

Posted by timothy
from the unforeseen-circumstances dept.
Smurf writes "Last October Google's Vic Gundotra announced that Google would bring turn-by-turn GPS navigation to the iPhone: 'However, Google is working with Apple on bringing it to the iPhone, and it's not ruling out licensing the software to makers of portable navigation devices used in cars throughout the world, said Gundotra, vice president of engineering at Google for mobile and developers.' Nevertheless, after such plans were confirmed during a press conference in London yesterday, today the 'Don't be Evil' company backpedaled on them: '"We did not say we would bring it to iPhone, we said to date we've had it on Android and that in the future it may come to other platforms, but did not confirm this will be coming to iPhone at all," a Google spokesperson told PCWorld.'"
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Google Backpedals On Turn-By-Turn GPS For iPhone

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  • by Anonymous Coward on Saturday April 24, 2010 @07:09AM (#31966072)
    Make turn by turn for the iPhone, but make it so that it directs users to drive off cliffs. Imagine the look on their faces when they realize what just happened!
  • by WrongSizeGlass (838941) on Saturday April 24, 2010 @07:25AM (#31966126)

    Simply, more eyeballs to sell advertisements to. But in this and some other instances, it seems the cost/benefit to fighting apples system just isn't there.

    "Turn left at Main Street"
    "Did you know that Main Street Tires has Michelin XGV size 75R14 on sale? They're the same tires used on all the cars in Palo Vista Productions' comedy classic My Cousin Vinny, now available on Blu-Ray from Twentieth Century-Fox "
    "Oh, you should have turned right back on Elm"
    "Did you know ..."

  • by Daengbo (523424) <daengboNO@SPAMgmail.com> on Saturday April 24, 2010 @10:31AM (#31966972) Homepage Journal

    Google probably just didn't want to use C, C++, or Obj-C. :P

  • by Anonymous Coward on Saturday April 24, 2010 @04:59PM (#31969344)

    It's Steve Jobs2314,

    I encourage competition and openness. I am completely open to all applications on the iPhone as long as these few simple rules are met. I have documented these rules to ensure you all understand my expectations.
    1. The applications must not written by companies with bull-shit slogans such as "Don't do evil"
    2. The applications must be natively written in C or C++, unless the compiler or language is used by Google for any development. In this instance, the applications will be held up indefinitely rather than rejected
    3. The source code must contain at least one haiku involving the words hate and Google. The haiku will require Apple approval to ensure it doesn't contain inappropriate phrases (such as "not")
    4. The source code must be written in 11pt Lucia Grande font (12pt Lucia Grande will be considered, subject to Apple's approval)
    5. The source code must not contain any lines >80 characters unless that line contains the words "I hate Google"
    6. The source code must have parentheses that appear at the same level of indentation from the left-hand margin
    7. The sum of the numerical values of each ASCII letter of the application name (MOD 100) must have the same sum of the numerical values of each ASCII letter of the statement "I hate Google" (MOD 100)
    8. Applications must not in any way promote, encourage or support Google, Google products, Google employees or their immediate families
    9. Applications must be submitted at a date or time that is a palindrome
    10. Applications must not allow access to hardware
    11. Applications must not contain pornography
    12. Applications must not contain references to Cirque Du Soleil, Taco Bell, Hudsons Coffee or any other public name that has pissed me off (the Cirque Du Soliel snacks at the show were a rip-off - suck it!!)

    Sincerely,
    Steve Jobs2314

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