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Google Maps for iOS 6 to be released by the end of 2012?

Google was blissfully unaware that its maps would be ditched in favour of Apple’s own offerings until the firm announced the news about iOS 6 Maps to the world. That’s according to the New York Times anyway.

But far from deterring Google, the search engine giant has remained confident in its maps prowess in the face of the Apple Maps app’s spectacular flop and is said to be readying an iOS 6 version of Google Maps, which could be released by the end of 2012.

Google’s executive chairman, Eric Schmidt, has said that Apple’s decision to dispense with Google Maps was far from a shrewd one.

“In my opinion it would have been better to retain our maps,”

Google Maps for iOS 6: Is it a done deal?

When questioned about a potential iOS 6 version of Google Maps, Schmidt said the company had not taken any action to bring Google Maps back to iOS 6.

However, he did say that Google has “been in touch with them for a long time [about Google Maps], and we talk to them every day,” but that they were waiting on Apple’s seal of approval.

According to the NY Times it may take some time for Google to build a Maps app for iOS 6 because it had been “caught off guard” by the fact that Google Maps wasn’t featured on the iPhone 5.

Another factor in the potential delay is that Google wants to include the Google Earth app and its 3D images into the upcoming iOS 6 version of Google Maps, so that it is on par with Apple Maps.

Apple iOS 6: Google search the next to go?

Schmidt also put a question mark over whether Google would remain Apple’s search partner on the iPhone. He said:

“I’m not doing any predictions. We want them to be our partner. We welcome that. I’m not going to speculate at all what they’re going to do. They can answer that question as they see fit.”

With so much potential change afoot, the only thing that remains clear is that many disgruntled iOS 6 Maps users will welcome Google Maps back with open arms.

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