There’s two ways to interpret the quotes being tossed around from Schmidt: as Google giving up on iOS, or Google dragging their feet. Here’s the quote from Bloomberg’s Teo Chian Wei:
“We haven’t done anything yet with Google Maps,” Schmidt told reporters in Tokyo today. Apple would “have to approve it. It’s their choice,” Schmidt said, declining to say if the Mountain View, California-based company submitted an application to Apple for sale through its App Store.
I read this as Schmidt saying that they don’t have a standalone app right now, and when they do it will be up to Apple to approve it — meaning he’s not sure if they will (they will). However many are sure to read this as Schmidt saying that Apple is holding the app — I doubt this is the case.
The Google-hater in me reads this as: “We haven’t made the app yet, wait, I mean it’s all up to Apple whether they would approve such an app. Did I say to much Larry, or was that sufficiently vague?”