This is interesting because maps are obviously a vital part of location-based services. And while a few have picked Bing Maps over Google Maps, I can’t recall any service as big as Foursquare, which was using Google for so long, ditching them in favor of the open alternative (as they note, several smaller startups have, often due to cost — which was also why Foursquare started looking for other alternatives).

Worth noting that this only impacts the Foursquare website right now — the iPhone and Android apps will continue to use Google Maps since both of those OSes offer Google Maps in their SDKs.

But that brings up something else: how long is Apple going to stick with Google Maps? At the time of the iPhone launch, it was really the only good solution (and they had a great relationship with Google). Now there are several options (and the Google relationship has gone to shit).

I think it’s quite possible that the only reason Apple hasn’t switched to another alternative at this point is because they continue to work on their own solution.

  1. ivkowalenko reblogged this from parislemon and added:
    Big win for OpenStreetMaps!
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  3. peelman reblogged this from parislemon and added:
    Agreed.
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    Rafer sez: Word on...iOS 6 will include whatever Placebase has evolved into. Most...
  6. rafer reblogged this from parislemon and added:
    Rafer sez: It is very big and we love it. Hopefully mobile is next. At Lumatic (iPhone app now available!), we’re headed...
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  8. torrezriley reblogged this from parislemon and added:
    I’ll have to checkout OpenStreetMaps for my un-progress app dev. Interesting alternative to Google
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  10. processthings reblogged this from parislemon and added:
    Foursquare. The new maps look great and seem smoother than Google Maps. Kudos. Apple is almost definitely working on...
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  12. nowoliviapryor reblogged this from parislemon and added:
    Great blog post over at Foursquare.
  13. joshuanguyen reblogged this from parislemon and added:
    I’m sure this was a hard decision - but it’s always good to not be over-reliant on an external party for something that...
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    Hey makers and start-up geeks: next time you’re looking for a market to disrupt, instead of trawling for ideas by...
  15. digitalbohemians reblogged this from parislemon and added:
    Interesting moves in the geo-location space thanks to parislemon for the
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