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.
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.