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  Google is not a monopoly. I never claimed that Microsoft's obnoxious browser selection screen had an analogue on Android. I was responding to a claim that Android users should be able to change their default browser and search engine. They can. And you don't need an in-your-face popup to make it happen. But more to the point, it's hard to see how one could declare Google a monopoly, since users can rip out and replace most Android OS components if they so choose.   This...
What is your justification for this claim? Users on iOS aren't forced to choose a search engine? Users on desktop OSes aren't either (again, aside from Windows in the EU).
  rsdofny said that Google was monopolizing the search market (they aren't) and that Android users should be able to "pick and choose the search engine they want." Android users can do this. And, further, they can choose alternatives for many other parts of the OS, in contrast to iOS where users can't change app defaults or replace OS components with alternatives. Given that, it's pretty galling that AI commenters would insinuate that Google is being anti-competitive. On...
  No, it's in the settings. Same as on every other browser.
  You can change your search engine in both the stock Android browser and in Chrome for Android. You can also change to a different browser entirely, as well as changing your default mapping app, email app, phone dialer, text messaging app, speech synthesizer, soft keyboard, etc. In fact, you can release Android builds that don't use any Google services at all, as Amazon and Baidu are doing.
Yup, AI botched on this one. Google launched 45-degree imagery back in 2009 - http://google-latlong.blogspot.com/2009/12/changing-your-perspective.html.They also launched photogrammetric 3D (the same type used in Flyover) last summer, a few months before Apple did; although, in fairness, Apple does have more cities covered. Interestingly, the new photogrammetric 3D is only available in Google Earth on Android and iOS. The desktop versions don't have it yet. But there are...
I've seen a lot of anecdotal reports about Apple's map quality. This is frustrating, since there's inconsistency in what one person tests vs another. I did find one attempt to quantify the accuracy of Apple's geocoder using city names in Ontario, Canada. The results aren't good: Apple returned correct data only 20% of the time. Certainly, there is much more to a map than the geocoder, but this is a pretty bad first start for Apple.
Um, this was just a regular imagery update for Google Maps. They post them all the time (earlier posts are here: http://google-latlong.blogspot.com/search/label/imagery). It has nothing to do with Apple Maps. Further, Google launched 45-degree imagery back in late 2009 - http://google-latlong.blogspot.com/2009/12/changing-your-perspective.html. This isn't some new feature they just launched. They regulary add new cities -...
  No, not exactly. It does use the same WebCore and JavascriptCore that Mobile Safari uses (Apple requires this), but the network stack is different. For example, Chrome for iOS supports SPDY; Mobile Safari doesn't. See this great talk on WebKit internals for more specifics.    It's important to have browser diversity on a platform. iOS 6 improved Mobile Safari quite a bit but it did add some bugs. It's caching HTTP POST data in violation of the spec (more detail here),...
  There's no need to fix it at the source. OSM has excellent data for University Park, PA. For whatever reason Apple screwed it up.
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