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Submission + - Why Apple Replaced iOS Maps - Turn-by-Turn Voice Navigation (allthingsd.com)

tlhIngan writes: "So why did Apple decide to ditch the (working) iOS maps app with one based on their own data (despite having one more year to the contract)? It turns out to be turn-by-turn voice navigation. It wasn't a feature in the original Apple-Google licensing agreement, so Apple went back to Google to renegotiate what has become a top-tier feature on Android. Apple wanted it. In return, Google wanted increased branding in the maps app (Apple refused) or to integrate Lattitude (Google's FourSquare competitor), to which Apple refused as well. As a result Apple was forced to seek other sources in order to obtain this feature."
Android

Submission + - Google forces cancellation of Acer (non-Android) smartphone launch event (reuters.com)

tlhIngan writes: Apparently, Acer was set to release the Acer CloudMobile A800 smartphone today (September 13) running the Aliyun mobile OS by Alibaba. However, the launch was cancelled, with Alibaba claiming that Google put pressure on their partner (Acer) by threatening to "terminate Android product cooperation and related technical authorization" (meaning Acer would lose the ability to release official Android products "with Google", though they could always use AOSP).
Android

Submission + - Google pulls paid apps from Taiwan marketplace (taipeitimes.com)

tlhIngan writes: Taiwan recently mandated that online download sites (like Apple's App Store and Google's Marketplace) must now comply with a law stating consumers have 7 days to return goods bought sight-unseen (e.g., online). Whilst Apple has complied (details unknown — suspected through the normal iTunes support channels), Google has refused to comply. Taiwan has fined the search giant NT$1M (approx. US$34,600) over this. In retaliation, Google has pulled the paid apps section of the Marketplace for Taiwan users (free apps are still available).

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