Google has made no move to provide Google Maps for the iPhone 5, according to Google’s Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt.
Apple launched its own mapping service earlier this month, along with its update to iOS 6 which is also included with the iPhone 5.
But users have complained that Apple’s new map service, based on Dutch navigation equipment and digital map maker TomTom, contains glaring geographical errors and lacks features such as street view that made Google Maps so popular.
“We think it would have been better if they had kept ours. But what do I know?” Schmidt told a small group of reporters in Tokyo. “What were we going to do, force them not to change their mind? It’s their call.”
Schmidt said Google and Apple were in constant communication “at all kinds of levels.” But he said any decision on whether Google Maps would be accepted as an application in the Apple App Store would have to be made by Apple.