Following an absence spanning several months due to an unspecified illness, Google CEO Larry Page made his first public appearance today at the firm's annual Zeitgeist conference, where he commented on the EU antitrust probe, as well as the removal of Google Maps from iOS 6.
In July, Page didn't attend the second-quarter earnings call, with chairman Eric Schmidt saying the illness caused him to lose his voice for several weeks. Speaking about his health at the recent conference, he said he was "still a little hoarse, but I'm here and I'm happy about that."
After the negative reception triggered by Apple's own maps app, Google decided to improve its web app such as the inclusion of Street View. However, it hasn't confirmed whether a native Google Maps app will arrive on iOS down the line, but that is purportedly in the works.
Page said on the removal, "We'd obviously love to serve users on different platforms with maps." He also joked on the topic by saying he's "excited that other people are starting to notice we've worked hard on [maps] for seven years."