Google has been reported to be working on a standalone version of its Maps app for inclusion in the iOS App Store, however, The Guardian reports that sources within Google believe that it’s unlikely Apple will approve such an app.
Sources at Google familiar with its mapping plans say they are “not optimistic” that Apple will ever approve a dedicated Google Maps iOS app. Though the app is reportedly in development and should be ready to ship by the end of the year, the sources say their plans are only proceeding in “the unlikely event” that Apple will choose to approve the app.
The sources, who appear to be split over whether the departure of iOS chief Scott Forstall will improve the Google Maps app’s chances, say that so far there’s little evidence Apple will welcome Google’s maps solution to the App Store.
They point to the omission of any mapping apps that use Google Places APIs in the “Find Maps for your iPhone” section of the App Store.
The sources say they believe these omissions are a deliberate effort to minimize the visibility of Google-based apps.
It should be mentioned however, that Apple CEO Tim Cook did mention the web-based version of Google Maps as an alternative in his open letter that addressed the Apple Maps app issues.