Apple Maps Are Catching Up To Google Maps In The US (The Guardian)
According to new data from comScore, Google Maps was used by 43% of the U.S. mobile population while Apple Maps was used by just over 25%. That’s about 59 million Google Maps users compared to 35 million for Apple Maps, which was introduced with iOS 6 in September 2012.
From September 2012 on, the audience for Google Maps in the U.S. was at a peak of 81 million users, meaning close to 23 million people have switched away from Google’s maps app in that time period.
Even with the strong backlash to the errors in Apple Maps upon its initial launch, many iPhone and iPad users have held onto Apple’s own version of a mobile maps app. Meaning, Google’s attempt at offering a standalone app in order to penetrate the large base of heavy mobile users on iOS in the U.S. not been a successful venture.
Maps are an important avenue for both Apple and Google for advertising revenue, location-based user data, and for monitoring real-time driving traffic.
Google has been increasingly pushing advertisements within its maps apps in order to diversify its ad revenue stream a bit, likely because of falling desktop ad prices. So for Google, this war of attrition with its maps users on iOS may be costly. Read >
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The Google Play app store may be available on the next update to BlackBerry 10. (GigaOm)