Google was struck another blow this week when Apple revealed that they will be using TomTom maps to power their iOS mapping app and navigation. This comes after RIM announced their partnership with TomTom for Traffic and Maps on current BlackBerry devices and BlackBerry 10. This means that Google Maps is going to be relegated to Android as the default option from its once dominant place. It is also a tricky play for Google since they are essentially an advertising company who wants more eyeballs.
It should be interesting to see how much TomTom’s maps improve now that both RIM and Apple will be relying on them. Garmin seems to be sitting this one out since they use Navteq maps which is owned by Nokia. I am also hoping that RIM launches BlackBerry 10 with navigation at launch. Now that would be coming out swinging.
via Computer World