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Nokia crows about its maps amid Apple fiasco

John P. Mello Jr | Sept. 24, 2012
Nokia seized on Apple's map app fiasco as an opportunity to tout the merits of the location services in its own Windows 8 smartphones.

That's an indirect slap at Apple which is using a variety of vendors-including Microsoft-to supply data to its map app.

"We truly understand that maps and location-based apps must be accurate, provide the best quality, and be accessible basically anywhere," Bonetti added. "That's been standard practice at Nokia for the past six years, and we also understand that 'pretty' isn't enough."

Of course, iPhone 5 users who don't like Apple's maps can always view the old provider of maps to the iPhone, Google, through the Safari web browser. That experience, though, isn't as good as it was in the dedicated app found in earlier versions of iOS.

Viewing Google maps through Safari, though, may only need be a temporary fix for fans of that service. Just as Google introduced a YouTube app for iOS when Apple excluded the video sharing service from the latest version of the mobile operating system, it's expected the search giant will introduce a maps app for the platform soon.


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