Google Maps  is now available  as a free iOS6  app. Which, broadly translated, means that all the miserable iPhone 5 gremlins who've been reminiscing about the good old days when they could see their feet using the iPhone's built-in Google mapping service, as they kvetch  about Apple's young, green, but well-meaning, map service , can switcheroo to Google Maps. And with that, let me sketch this great idea for an update to West Side Story, albeit a less tragic one, where no one gets offed.
Picture the scene. It's the mean streets of Silicon Valley, with Bernstein's Sharks and Jets replaced by the Apples  and Googles . They're going to have a rumble, to-niiiiiiiight. Google will have its way, to-niiiiiiight. Except they don't, because Apple's maps app is so still having teething problems , meaning that the Apple gang doesn't get to the right location where said rumble is taking place.
So, while the black T-shirts are flexing their muscles, sharpening their Nexus 4 s and chanting their war cry of "Do no evil!" in a parking lot somewhere, the black turtlenecks are still driving around the 'hood in their unlicensed silver Mercedes people carrier, stabbing at their iPhones , generally getting a bit hot under their collars  (well, they are wearing turtlenecks, this is part of turtleneck law) and wondering where their opponents are.
Coda: It seems that Microsoft is the Schrank of my updated West Side Story and Windows 8 the Officer Krupke. Google ain't going to be doing Windows Phone versions of its apps, due to lack of users, it says .