Google Maps App Drops Latitude & My Maps Plus Makes Offline Maps Harder

Jul 10, 2013 • 8:15 am | comments (5) by twitter Google+ | Filed Under Google Maps

google maps updateGoogle announced a new version of apps for iOS and Android (version 7.0) that cleans up some features, adds some features but drops some significant features as well.

What was added?

(1) Exploring local places to go to has be updated to be more "card" like.

(2) You can now see reports of problems on the road that you can tap to see incident details.

(3) While using driving directions, Google Maps will also alert you if a better route becomes available and reroute you to your destination faster.

(4) New tablet design is available.

(5) New 5.0 star rating system is available in the app for local reviews.

(6) Google Offers is integrated into Google Maps app now.

What is missing?

(1) Google drops latitude and is removing the feature completely by August 9th. Instead, Google wants you to use Google+ Checkin feature in the Google+ app.

(2) The offline maps feature for Android is also no longer available, now if you want to use offline maps, you need to type or say "OK Maps" to save what you are currently looking at.

(3) The My Maps functionality is not supported in this release but Google promises to bring it back in a future release.

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07/10/2013 03:06 pm

Dropping offline maps is a massive thing for some people. Although it's never been on iOS, when I used Android I used offline maps extensively. The UK is riddled with data black spots so without it, I would have been lost in the middle of nowhere with no access to navigation. Due to it not being on iOS at all I had to resort to using a fully downloaded map on another navigation app. It's not as good as maps but it's the best available. I don't know what drove this decision or why they never brought it to iOS, but it's a stupid one if you ask me.


07/11/2013 11:20 am

There was no rush for customer for sure to release this update.. So why releasing without complete functionality??? I strongly need my maps in navigation.. I'll roll back to previous version..


07/11/2013 12:42 pm

The lack of my maps has me constantly reverting back to the old version. They are also working on a my maps replacement that for me doesn't cut it yet. Let's hope this ends up with something that gives is what my maps has and more.

Jeff C

07/22/2013 10:14 pm

It's stupid they removed the My Maps!!!!!!!!!


01/16/2014 11:47 am

.....and we are still waiting for My maps to return. As someone travelling the world, I really need it. On my laptop I tag all the places of interest in a new city such as Airport, accommodation, bus/train/tram stations I need, restaurants and cafes as well as places of interest. However, I can't then use My Maps when I am walking around the city I can open google maps in a browser on my android phone but I then lose GPS, which is sort of essential. I really don't understand why this has been removed if Google are trying to enhance their Google+ to provide location tagging. I am almost at the point where I go and check out Bing to see if they have this functionality, I am that desperate.

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