Mobile’s Path to Glory

The path to the mobile future may be maps.
More than driving directions, or finding a nearby dive bar, the battle over mobile maps is ultimately about which company can roll out the most-sophisticated tools to answer the widest range of questions users ask of their mobile devices. That will be an important driver of shares in tech giants such as Apple, AAPL +2.70% Google, GOOG +1.72% Microsoft MSFT +2.17% and Facebook, FB +5.56% and help determine who has the dominant mobile platform of the future.