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google_mapsThe victory for Google is official.

You can now get the Google Maps app for your iPhone for free on iTunes.

According to a recent story on the update from CE Outlook:

“Apple launched its own Maps this fall, but reviewers found it riddled with wrong directions and omissions of key destinations such as bridges and airports.

The poor reception to Apple Maps, caused Apple CEO Tim Cook to offer a public apology.”

Anyone who’s tried has noticed Apple’s map software wasn’t sufficiently Apple — which has Apple making nice with Google once again.

For now at least …

Credit: Nokia.com

Very soon, Nokia may NOT be a major phone player, but it looks like the company’s here to stay in the battle over map supremacy.

Everyone agrees that mobile is the future — and a large part of that has to do with map data and location services.

Nokia has signed Oracle to provide exactly that, as it already does for other partners, like Microsoft, Yahoo and Amazon. (Not a shabby client list!)

In 2007, Nokia acquired mapping company Navteq to make its own cartography service relevant. The company has fought hard and hasn’t done too shabby — in fact, its service has even been judged solid enough to replace Bing maps in Windows Phone 8.

Given Apple’s recent stumble with its nav app using data from TomTom, Nokia is looking a little less foolish for having missed out on the smartphone market. It may yet win the fight against Google and Apple and re-emerge as a one of the major players among the tech companies.

It may even spur them to create the next great communication device!

Read full coverage on Nokia and the mobile map battle from Gizmodo here:

Could Nokia Win the Map Battle?