Update: It seem that Motorola “didn’t” fake any screenshots or false locations. Motorola sent BGR.com an official statement regarding the claims made toward them by AppleInsider. Below is the statement:
The screen captures used in the #iLost ad were actual screenshots from a DROID RAZR M and an iPhone 5, with a non-residential location used as an example. The NY address used in our post is located in Google Maps as well as three other widely used sources. The device screen captures are intended as examples to more broadly demonstrate Apple Maps’ inaccuracies in comparison to Google Maps — inaccuracies which are numerous and widely acknowledged in the media and even on a dedicated Tumblr blog.
Talk about being kicked when you’re down. At this point I think we can all agree that Apple’s Maps app for iOS 6 is not perfect. It’s not completely worthless, but it’s not perfect. Now, when a company blatantly lies to make the situation look even worse than it is, that’s called false advertising and it’s misleading the general public.
Motorola, who’s now Google owned, posted an ad, now referred to as the #iLost ad, in which it clearly shows an Apple iPhone running Apple Maps, side by side with a Motorola DROID RAZR M, which is running Google Maps. The confusion starts when Motorola claims that Apple’s Maps can’t find a specific location, yet Google’s Maps can. Here’s the catch, the address Motorola says Apple’s Maps can’t find, doesn’t exist, at least within the borough of New York that somehow Google’s Maps amazingly “could” find.
The guys over at AppleInsider did some great work, breaking it all down and showing specifics, but the overall point is that Motorola and more importantly, Google, have now posted an ad that is more damaging and misleading than that faked commercial that Nokia released a few weeks back. I know that Android fans may not want to hear this, but Apple could very well have another lawsuit, if they wish to pursue it. It’s one thing to have the ad show an actual address that exists and that Apple’s maps gets wrong or can’t find, there are a few of them, but when Google and Motorola chose to use an address that doesn’t, simply to bash the iPhone, iOS and ultimately, lie to the general public, that’s not only wrong, it’s illegal. Check out the source link and read AppleInsider’s detailed post, it’s a little eye opening, especially when it’s about a company who’s motto is “Don’t be Evil.”