Google has decided to do away with the Google Map Maker community that has been editing and moderating millions of entries in Google Maps for users worldwide, and had been doing so since 2008. Google has said in a post that the app will be shut down and will be integrated into Google Maps itself by 2017.
“This update will enable us to focus on providing the best editing and moderation experience within Google Maps on both desktop and on mobile. We’ll continue to roll out new features to make sure you’re able to do most of the things you’ve grown accustomed to doing in Map Maker – like edit roads – leading up to March 2017 and after,” Google said in a blogpost.
Google has said that if someone wants to keep updating the maps, and contribute their local knowledge – will be able to join the ‘Local Guides’ program. This will also gives users an opportunity to earn points and unlock rewards for submitting information and making edits. These users will also get early access to the new Google Maps features.
It is not possible to make moderations on Map Maper, which Google says will help streamline and speed up the process of an edit to get published.
A latest update for the Google Maps application for Android brought Google Calendar to the app. Users can quickly access events directly from the map. According to Google, this move will save users time as they navigate through their daily tasks and travel.