The well-known rivalry between Android and Apple users has gone to extremes lately. While it is not yet certain which the number one choice according to the vast majority of consumers who use these operating systems is, it comes as no surprise that they have gone out of their way to show how far this competition can be taken. This has been done in numerous, sometimes very inventive ways.
Google map users have been either stunned or amused at the image of an Android mascot (also called an Android bot or Bugdroid) peeing on the Apple logo all over the South of the Pakistani town of Rawalpindi. This can be seen from both the desktop and the mobile version of the map.
It is probably no coincidence that the defamatory image comes on the same day the giant company Apple makes it available for users to get their Apple Watch. Thus, the photo represents a very suggestive depiction of what Android users’ opinion is of Apple’s recently released product.
Funny as it may seem for outsiders, what this photo actually represents is the more important question. Rumors say that it is going to take rivalry to another level. However, it remains to be seen what the next step will be.
Until then, Google has been most apologetic and has immediately taken the picture down in order to prevent any further outrageous comments or damage. According to their statements to Pixable, they have nothing to do with this prank. They stated that most of the users who edit maps are usually very helpful, because they map new places, address changes or business openings. However, the inconvenience related to Apple could not be foreseen and they blame it entirely on map editors who decided to go for a hate post. They also promised to take more action in the future to prevent such situations, by finding a way to filter and prevent bad edits such as this one. This was classified as a “slip” through their system and was taken down in a very short period of time.
However, users have not been fully satisfied with Google’s justification and attempt to place blame on someone else. This led to further questions, such as how reliable Google Maps really is and how easy it is for Google Maps editors to post and have their updates approved. The vulgarity and offensive approach of the photo is very likely to prove harmful in terms of the direction this rivalry is taking.
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