Apple gears up to go indoors, acquires GPS-mapping startup WiFiSLAM
| by Nishtha Kanal |
The indoor mobile location service war is only just heating up. Google had better step up its game because Apple has just acquired WiFiSLAM, a startup that helps in indoor GPS functionality using Wi-Fi.
Apple will go indoors
The resulting criticism was so vehement and widespread that CEO Tim Cook publicly issued an apology to Apple users following the software's launch. Apple is working to be independent of Google on all fronts, and abandoning Google Maps for its own solution was one of the major moves the company has made.
Google on the other hand started implementing indoors map in 2011 and has been going from strength to strength, with the service implementing nearly 10,000 floor plans in countries like the USA, Australia, Singapore and more. While apple will not be able to catch up with Google any time soon, this acquisition should be a cause of worry to not just Google, but all other companies attempting to take their maps indoors.
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