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Nokia says it’s on top when it comes to maps

The Finnish firm, Nokia (maker of the Lumia 800 and Lumia 900), claims it’s bigger than Google when it comes to maps.

Head of innovation for Nokia’s Location and Commerce business, Hans Peter Brondmo, said, “We’re basically the world’s largest mapping company.”

This is based on the company’s mapping services available in 176 million devices in 196 countries in 50 various languages. It can be seen in a number of Yahoo services. It also feeds information to Microsoft’s Bing Maps.

Nokia Maps, however, faces its biggest competition with the next dimension of Google Maps as well as the iOS 6’s new 3D maps. Nokia has plans to rival these services as well. Brondmo said that its maps would be able to answer “every question with a ‘where’ in it”.

Do you agree with Nokia when it claims it is on top of the game when it comes to maps? Share your thoughts.

Apple rumoured to ditch Google Maps – replacing it with its own 3D maps in iOS 6

For years, we’ve heard rumours that Apple was planning to replace Google Maps with a similar service developed in-house. Now, it looks like this is finally happening. According to 9to5Mac, Apple will be ditching Google Maps for its own 3D mapping service once the Cupertino firm launches iOS 6.

We’re not surprised Apple is planning to replace the search giant’s mapping service with its own. After all, Apple is accusing Google’s Android of stealing its ideas. The result is Apple waging legal battles over another against Android manufacturers such as HTC, Motorola, and Samsung. An example is Apple suing Samsung in various countries, claiming devices such as the Galaxy Tab 10.1 and the Galaxy S2 copy the design of the iPad and iPhone. Furthermore, Apple has acquired Poly9, C3 Technologies, and Placebase throughout the years, which are mapping companies.

Once Apple fully develops its own 3D mapping service, it may feature the app as a part of its next generation operating system iOS 6. The Cupertino firm is expected to launch iOS 6 at this year’s WWDC, which will kick off next month.

So does this mean we’ll get to see the iPhone 5 at WWDC next month running iOS 6 with its own 3D mapping service? If this is what you are expecting, you might be disappointed. The iPhone 5 is rumoured to launch in October.

Do you think Apple’s 3D Maps will be better than Google Maps? Share your opinion through a comment.

 

Apple buys mapping company C3 Technologies – 3D maps for iOS on the works?

According to 9to5Mac’s anonymous sources, Apple has purchased C3 Technologies, a company that specializes in 3D mapping. We could be looking at 3D maps on iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, and iPad 2 soon, which will give Apple a reason to ditch Google Maps altogether.

Back in August, C3 was purchased by an unknown buyer. 9to5Mac’s sources claim that C3 is now working with the iOS team. C3’s work will give Google Maps a run for its money. It includes every detail such as trees, cars, and people.

Apple is well known for buying companies, integrating their work into the iOS. One good example is Siri. This personal assistant with an attitude is exclusive to Apple’s new smartphone the iPhone 4S, which has been making waves. Since the late Steve Jobs was willing to spend billions to destroy Android, it would make sense for Apple to replace Google Maps with mapping services of their own.

With C3 creating 3D maps for the iOS, Apple may be planning to separate itself from Google altogether. This would mean that iOS users would no longer need to rely on Google for navigation and location services.

Do you think Apple is planning to replace Google Maps with its own version, or do you still think Google Maps is irreplaceable? Give us your thoughts.