Lol they only claim Google looks lame because Google didn't spend 6 months coming up with fancy transition effects trying to trick its users into thinking its better because its cute. Apple guy: give me a side of cute with my underpowered hardware. Android guy: So, you say that thing has that new quantum computing chip huh?
"The way one guy put it"... kind of begs the question who is the one guy and why do I give a rodent's butt about his opinion? Are you the guy? Is it your dry cleaner? Some iOS fan you passed on the street? Does he maybe not exist and it's link bait to your FB page... lots of questions, few answers.
If it is anything like Siri, it might look like this: In 500 ft turn...connecting to server...In 250 ft turn...connecting to server...in 100 ft turn....connecting to server....make u-turn...connecting to server...
"A few of the press were prebriefed and say the new maps and turn-by-turn are mind blowing. Google looks lame is the way one guy put it."
Would that be from Apple Insider?
Google Maps is a top notch world class software. For anyone describing it as “lame” is someone I'd question their motive(s) behind that lame comment. Sounds to me this person have little credibility in objectivity.
Let Robert have his opinion about Apple and Facebook. I'm certainly no facebook fan and apple fan but love Roberts comments on many of the new technological stuff that constantly pops up. Robert, hold on to your opinions because they are the ones that make you interesting to follow.
Looks like a lot of the same from maps... Apple just wanted their own version to distance their dependance on any Google service. Google Maps/Nav/Local still looks nicer to me, not to mention all the features for walking/bike directions, public transport, etc.
I obviously can't comment on the new iOS Map and Voice features. I'm sure they'll mostly work fine. My iPhone buddies are pretty evenly split between "glad they finally got that feature" and "crap, this isn't as cool as I was led to believe".
But through it all the comment that I make that virtually ALWAYS kills the polite conversation is "...but why in the world would you have been willing to wait 3+ years to get these features"? I never get a good answer.
Of course the Siri demo was mindblowing. Easy to do on a system where results can easily be manipulated. Remember Siri's answer to the best smartphone a few weeks ago? See how quick that result got changed? So the demo is also very controlled and predictable because it was practiced and tested. Just like the old travelling conmen selling their magic potions. You buy it, but it doesn't work like you saw previously.
And then there will be an Apple kool-Aid party where hoards of followers will follow thinking the next visit of Hale-bob comet is followed by an invisible UFO flown by Steve Jobs with rotten apple logo. and will take them to Apple cider heavens gate. :-)
+andrew cool It's A. Not banned, and B. Not stock Android. Android itself does not have rounded corner icons. That being said, squares with rounded corners have existed since prehistoric times. Apple didn't invent them, they stole them from math class.
+Google Maps is lam and missing innovation; they dominated the map market for so long time... users or usability is not in +Google Maps top priority. I love +Google but i love my users more ! Go Apple Maps (or what ever the new name is ...) !