Pixel Envy

Written by Nick Heer.

Google’s Motorola Ad Faked an Address to Beat Apple Maps

Benjamin Brooks, regarding this bit of advertising fakery from Google/Motorola:

Honest question: why did they need to fake an address to “beat” Apple? Why not just show Street View versus Flyover? Seems like that is more honest and more telling of the feature dis-parity between the two.

Good question. A motivation I considered when I heard about this was that Google Maps will find the address even if it’s typed imperfectly, or isn’t technically an address (it’ll drop the pin where the address would be). But this seems like a convoluted way to say that Google Maps has better search functionality (which it does).

Google has an obviously superior maps client right now, and it strikes me as bizarre why they would need to fake an address to show that.