Comments on: Nokia buys Navteq Thu, 02 Mar 2017 22:34:44 +0000 hourly 1 By: Kyle Mulka Sat, 06 Oct 2007 21:21:10 +0000 Hmm… I guess I missed that news. But, then again, it was only a bid, and the price wasn’t final.

Just after the Nokia thing was announced, TomTom made a formal offer for TeleAtlas.

Maybe Google will just decide to buy the combined TomTom/TeleAtlas instead…

By the way, any idea what data provider the iPhone uses? I know its Google, but is it Navteq, TeleAtlas or both?

By: Adam Herscher Thu, 04 Oct 2007 19:47:04 +0000 Tomtom actually bought Tele Atlas for €2 billion in July of this year!

I imagine Google/Yahoo/Microsoft are already increasing the extent to which they gather/compile/maintain their own map data, especially the differentiating stuff (3D, flyover data, etc).

If companies like Nokia and Tomtom move into direct competition with their licensing customers, not only can they turn off the faucet as you mention, but their customers are unlikely to want to continue funding the competition. This kinda happened with search back when Yahoo was a portal/directory and licensed others’ search technology, then had to undertake a huge effort to start developing its own in-house as the market shifted (namely when Google arrived).