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GPS, Location Information and Map Wars

I'm an Apple iPhone,iPad user, who also carries a BlackBerry and Android devices. Honestly, being outside of the USA for a month, and I'm going through directional withdrawl, having become addicetd to Google Maps on all my devices until Apple turned the tables on arch rival Google with their own maps.

Everyone admits that Apple's current maps are not really that great, and being outside the USA the last two weeks or so, it really shows. Sure you can go to Google Maps as a web app, but they're not as good.

For GPS work my Android Galaxy Note 1 and Google Nexus will serve as wonderful GPS devices, with their big screens, and CoPilot Live's maps and directions, but where I'm feeling a bit lost is the local information that Google gave me. Sure I can find it in the web browser, but it's not a natural behavior, hence the withdrawl feeling.

What should happen? Charge me Google. Create an app, put it in the Apple App store and give Apple their 30 percent of the sales and be done with it. Oh, and when they want Pages, Numbers and Keynote on Android devices, do the same thing to them. Let's not get into whose hardware what software runs on, lets really think about the customers for a change.

Let's stop the fighting, and do what's really best for the customers. 


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