For months this didn't happen and the project itself remained a rumour. When it was eventually released, some were surprised at this move by Google and suggested not releasing this crucial app would secure a big win for Android. Perhaps the delay for the app to be immediately released was due to Google trying to decide between one of two paths:
- Not releasing a Maps application means more Android users
- Releasing a Maps application means dominance
The first situation means an instant win for Google followed by uncertainty whereas the second situation means a relative win for Google but in the bigger picture not a whole lot, however its consequences for the future are much more favourable. Anyone could see why Google went for the second option. It should be noted that while the first option basically forces users to switch operating systems, the second still provides the user with adequate opportunity for choice.