> They just want people to have access to their services.
You think the iOS maps app was stagnant for such a long time because of what? Because Apple is lazy?
It's obvious they don't want to be on the hand of a competitor. Google Maps used to be free with a large API quota when released, remember? Then, once everybody was using it, they updated the API and imposed a much more limited free quota (almost useless), and released a premium version.
Well, I tried getting in touch with anyone at Google to get a quote about the price for their premium API. I couldn't even talk to a human, let alone pay for the service. Now imagine you're Apple, and how much Google would charge.
How exactly? The previous app used Google Maps API and was completely lackluster. The only good thing using their API is their own Android app.
Now, what are Apple's options again?
Contribute to the cash flow of a company detaining the monopoly on mapping data when they can backstab you at any moment? That sounds like the stupidest strategic decision ever. Better get a true partnership.
I'm amazed how HN crowd is vocal against the big companies, but when it's about Google their monopolies are actually encouraged...
What kind of site do you have?
Really? That doesn't sound right. Please send me a mail and I will follow up. My initials at google dot com.
But for users, yes.