Thursday, July 11, 2013

Don't update Google Maps..

Don't update Google Maps on your Android device until you have read the reviews of the new version. Most recent review are very poor, giving it just one or two stars. The main problems are the sudden discontinuation of the popular Latitude service, a lack of zoom buttons, no Terrain view, the discontinuation of offline maps (although a horrible workaround is available), the loss of favourites and saved locations, missing Navigation options and even missing icons making it almost impossible to launch the application.

If you are a Latitude user then it's bad news as Google are terminating the service completely with minimal warning. Although the official end date is August 9th, this update removes Latitude functionality completely.

Many Google users are already smarting over the loss of Google Reader and iGoogle. Now it seems that the Maps functionality has been downgraded and Latitude terminated. What next? Perhaps it's a good time to start looking at alternatives..

1 comment:

  1. Meh, I'm sure they'll fix it asap. As for latitude I'm sure 98% don't even know what it is. They've been trimming down their portfolio to better concentrate on their bigger products. Don't see anything wrong with that.

    However a few of the other errors are worrying, they should bring out a fix asap before loosing trust and turning into a laughing stock.