Google is said to be shutting down its Map Maker app which was a tool provided to general public to edit the data present in Google Maps. This application was made specifically to ease out the work for the firm in locating different routes as people could add the same by visiting the Map Maker application. The Map Maker application is going to be an integrated feature of Google Maps in the coming year according to the official blog post by the firm.
The Google Map Maker application was a key for improvement in Google’s mapping database as the Map Maker application was meant to provide the end user an option to edit the maps on their own to add new routes or anything that was left by Google “mistakenly”. The official shutdown of the application will be done next year which means we can expect 1 or 2 more updates for the same till it gets integrated into Google’s Map application.
This announcement was made in an official blog post by the firm. The post stated, “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. Starting today, edits made on Google Maps will no longer be available for moderation on Map Maker. This will allow us to streamline our efforts, speeding up the time for an edit to get published. We will continue posting updates here on the Map Maker Help Forum and on LocalGuidesConnect.com as we bring more features into Google Maps.”
I will simplify what Google mean to state, According to Google, if you wish to contribute to Maps even after Map Maker shuts down then you can positively do so by joining Local Guides program where you can earn points, unlock rewards for submitting edits and other information, and get early access to new Maps features.
This is a smart move by Google to combine two apps into one that were after all doing the same work at the end.