Mapping Wars: Nexus 4 Page Touts Google's Superior Maps App
Google was never one to brag about their Maps app. But now that the world has heaped its scorn on Apple's Maps, the company is positioning the Nexus 4 as a better option for getting around town. The new Nexus 4 page devotes a large portion of their promotional coverage to Google Maps. Google describes how it can get you from A to B with turn-by-turn navigation, live traffic info, reviews from Zagat and rich satellite imagery. The point being: you can't find any of that on an iPhone 5.*
Maps have become a key battleground between Apple and Google. While Apple has been inundated with complaints over the post-apocalyptic look of their Maps' 3D imagery – the controversy even forced iOS software chief Scott Forstell out of the company when he refused to apologized – Google has released impressive updates for Google Street View, even charting schools of fish in the Great Barrier Reef. The goal seems to be: hit Apple where it hurts.
So I suppose I'm not surprised to see Google Maps now getting such a big shout-out on the Nexus 4 page, although I find it a bit odd: don't consumers know you can download Google Maps on any Android device?
*Of course you can find these things on iOS 6, but Google would like to think their services are better.