Google is yet to begin working on a replacement for Google Maps on iOS 6 in the iPhone 5, the firm’s former executive chairman, Eric Schmidt, has revealed.
Despite reports that the search giant will begin rolling out a Maps application for Apple’s new mobile platform, Schmidt, who served as chief executive between 2001 and 2011, claims Google is yet to make its move after being ditched from Apple's OS this year.
Speaking to Japanese reporters, he said: "We have not done anything [about an iOS 6 replacement] yet. I'm not doing any predictions.
"We want them to be our partner. We welcome that. I'm not going to speculate at all what they're going to do. They can answer that question as they see fit."
As for the Apple vs Google scenario, he said: "We think it would have been better if they had kept ours. But what do I know? What were we going to do, force them not to change their mind? It's their call."
While Google may not be working on a maps application for iOS 6 yet, the firm is well-placed to take on Apple's Maps, which recieved a barrage of criticism from users last week.
As expected, Apple's competitors took the opportunity to poke fun at the firm, with Motorola even dissing the service via a hilarious advert. Ah, well, it's all fun and games.