TomTom, Garmin and company were already facing market uncertainty as GPS and technological convergence chipped away at their market share. The iPhone has a number of navigation options in the App Store. Android users currently enjoy Google's free turn-by-turn navigation.
Google released its free turn-by-turn satellite navigation to Android users in the UK Thursday.
MacUser reported at a London press conference, Google said it plans to bring the free service to other smartphone platforms, including the iPhone. There were no specifics offered though.
However a Google spokesperson told PCWorld, "We did not say we would bring it to iPhone, we said to date we've had it on Android and that in the future it may come to other platforms but did not confirm this will be coming to iPhone at all."
Is this a case of a simple misunderstanding or is it 'revised history?'
This is speculation, but notice the spokesperson is not denying it. It could be the executive in London revealed too much too soon.
Could this be for the US too? Would Apple allow it given the number of paid apps in its App Store?