zappee wrote:jeffcarp wrote:If the resulting service in the end has all of the great aspects of the service that was bought, what difference does it make what the service is called?
Difference is that Google will prioritize Android with Google Maps and not iOS/WP.
Isn't Google Maps app better on iOS than on Android itself?zappee wrote:davipt wrote:So I see two things in direct competition - the road tiles and the car navigation client. Maybe plus the traffic information that I'm not sure where google is getting from, themselves or just 3rd parties.
Back to YouTube, it was clear that YouTube would remain as is and Google Videos would die. The amount of traffic and users was abysmal. We can't say the same about Waze and Google Navigation, hence the big question of what will happen this time.
So you think Google will close down Maps navigation and keep Waze?
That's not really realistic.
I have my own opinion based on my own country which obviously I can't scale for the whole service - google maps has become worse and worse every year. Not just multi-year outdated data. Worse. Wrong. Providing huge-ticket and illegal routes. Can't take me home-work on a perfectly normal trip. That kind of stuff. So I would really like to see Google pushing Waze maps as the primary source, and use the existing data - their own, and whenever possible the data they license when possible - to help improve waze. My feeling is that today we can't use the street data from google to populate waze (in an automatic way, etc etc.) because that data is a mixture of several data sources, with different licenses that forbids google from giving it to waze, even today that they are together. If google could provide a separate layer of street data licensed for use on Waze, then it would be perfect. Something like you create a road and the input box states "did you mean street xyz?"