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Android peeing on Apple logo spotted on Google Maps

Sophie Curtis

Published 27/04/2015 | 07:53

Rivalry between Google and Apple has always been fierce, but now Google Maps appears to have been emblazoned with the image of the Android mascot urinating on an Apple logo.

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The image, discovered by a Hacker News user, appears on a patch of land just south of the city of Rawalpindi in Pakistan, at coordinates 33°30'52.5"N 73°03'33.2"E.

The origin of the image is unclear. Some have suggested it could be Google’s idea of an Easter Egg (hidden joke), while others claim it was added by a user.

The image is most likely a result of a user abusing Map Maker, the tool that allows users to contribute to Google Maps. One Hacker News user claims to have tracked down the culprit – a user called nitricboy.

Although Map Maker edits are moderated, Google admitted some inaccuracies can slip through the system. Users can flag these by clicking the 'Report a problem' button in the bottom corner of the map.

"We've terminated the Android figure involved in this incident, and he'll be disappearing from Google Maps shortly," a Google spokesperson said.

Meanwhile, another Hacker News user has spotted an image in the Takht Pari Forest, just a few miles east of the first. This time the message is a little more pointed:

Other images include a smiley face to the east of Islamabad and a Skype logo to the north of Lahore.

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