Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 9th Aug 2013 12:46 UTC
Google

Over one billion people use Google Maps services every month. On the Google Maps app, these users are often searching for local businesses - from restaurants, to car dealerships, to dentists, and more. Recently, we launched a new version of the Google Maps app for Android, iPhone, and iPad where we introduced several new features. Today we're introducing an updated ad experience we think is more attractive for users and more effective for advertisers.

Yes, ads in Google's mobile Maps applications. Fantastic.

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Didn't like it in Google Maps on Android
by REM2000 on Fri 9th Aug 2013 13:41 UTC
REM2000
Member since:
2006-07-25

Hated the adverts in Google Maps on Android, this is just going to P*** me off along with a lot of other people, ain't they getting enough money from my searches and going through my damn emails.

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tkeith Member since:
2010-09-01

So... Their supposed to offer a service(arguably the best out there) for free? Let's face it, that's how Google(and others) offer services and products for free, with ads. If you want, I think Garmin offers a paid app without ads.

Frankly I'm surprised the Gmail app doesn't have ads yet.

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f&%K
by Bill Shooter of Bul on Fri 9th Aug 2013 13:42 UTC
Bill Shooter of Bul
Member since:
2006-07-14

I kind of always suspected they would wait for it to be an awesome app before adding ads. Most of google's ads are ok, relevant and non obtrusive, but in a mobile app, that's almost impossible..

Anyone think Nokia might create an app version of its here maps? I'd pay.

Edit:

Just searched a couple items that I thought would pull up ads. I can't tell if those are ads or legit search results... If those are ads, I'd like to know they are ads. I think I'll have to reserve judgment until I've used maps more.

Edited 2013-08-09 13:58 UTC

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RE: f&%K
by Adurbe on Fri 9th Aug 2013 18:39 UTC in reply to "f&%K"
Adurbe Member since:
2005-07-06

https://developer.here.com/en_GB
http://developer.here.com/javascript_api_explorer

They already offer it as an API. I only Played with it so cant say how it compares to the other Map solutions (Google/Bing/Apple) but the demo looks clever!

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RE[2]: f&%K
by Bill Shooter of Bul on Fri 9th Aug 2013 19:47 UTC in reply to "RE: f&%K"
Bill Shooter of Bul Member since:
2006-07-14

Apparently, I forgot that they have an ios version. Android is limited to the mobile version of their web page. For desktop web maps, its great. On a mobile device, its not as smooth as google. Wish it was.

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RE: f&%K
by Bill Shooter of Bul on Fri 9th Aug 2013 20:30 UTC in reply to "f&%K"
Bill Shooter of Bul Member since:
2006-07-14

http://gizmodo.com/google-maps-mobile-apps-will-now-be-polluted-wit...

Apparently they will be noted as ads, which is good. I haven't seen that pop up yet. I'd like to be able to scroll past ads to the actual best result somehow, like you can do with a search in the web version.

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www.openstreetmap.org
by Veto on Fri 9th Aug 2013 14:20 UTC
Veto
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2010-11-13

We all pay lots of tax money to generate precise and up to date cartographic data, and hopefully more governments will open the data for use by e.g. OSM, such that we maximize the benefit of our investment.

Free our data :-)

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RE: www.openstreetmap.org
by sean on Fri 9th Aug 2013 14:49 UTC in reply to "www.openstreetmap.org"
sean Member since:
2005-06-29

I see many mobile apps for Android that use that service: https://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Android Has anyone tried any of them?

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RE: www.openstreetmap.org
by jgfenix on Fri 9th Aug 2013 20:14 UTC in reply to "www.openstreetmap.org"
jgfenix Member since:
2006-05-25

My favorites are OsmAnd and Mapfactor. The maps are updated each 1-3 months.
Navfree has very old maps (at least in Spain). Navfree, ZANavi and Navit have a very crappy offline search.

Edited 2013-08-09 20:31 UTC

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Business 101
by FreeGamer on Fri 9th Aug 2013 14:42 UTC
FreeGamer
Member since:
2007-04-13

1. Get popular
2. Monetize

Anybody surprised or upset by this is naive.

A pig that thinks everything is free doesn't realise it is being fattened up for the slaughter house.

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RE: Business 101
by emarkp on Fri 9th Aug 2013 14:44 UTC in reply to "Business 101"
emarkp Member since:
2005-09-10

But I'd rather pay for the app than be smothered with ads.

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RE[2]: Business 101
by No it isnt on Fri 9th Aug 2013 17:16 UTC in reply to "RE: Business 101"
No it isnt Member since:
2005-11-14

Google's advertising is rarely very obtrusive. That's the reason for their success.

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RE[3]: Business 101
by jared_wilkes on Fri 9th Aug 2013 18:19 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Business 101"
jared_wilkes Member since:
2011-04-25

An ad that can't be distinguished from a search result is MORE OBTRUSIVE than one that is clearly demarcated as an ad.

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RE[4]: Business 101
by No it isnt on Fri 9th Aug 2013 21:48 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Business 101"
No it isnt Member since:
2005-11-14

True, but that's never been Google's way of doing things.

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RE[2]: Business 101
by WorknMan on Fri 9th Aug 2013 21:08 UTC in reply to "RE: Business 101"
WorknMan Member since:
2005-11-13

But I'd rather pay for the app than be smothered with ads.


Precisely. People act like having ads shoved down our throats should be the only option available. Whatever happened to paying for good software?

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RE[3]: Business 101
by Nelson on Fri 9th Aug 2013 21:16 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Business 101"
Nelson Member since:
2005-11-29

People stopped being willing to pay. Two people on OSNews doesn't really change that.

Plus advertising revenue is the gift that keeps on giving. Paid applications are a one and done thing.

The nirvana of app revenue is a recurring subscription to remove ads.

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If they keep pulling this shit off...
by UltraZelda64 on Fri 9th Aug 2013 15:08 UTC
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Member since:
2006-12-05

...then I won't just be curious to try alternatives like Ubuntu Touch and Firefox OS, I'll be determined to switch completely.

With the whole NSA thing and Google Talk, Google has not exactly been impressing me lately. I've already got potential replacements for e-mail lined up, and there are many possible alternatives for web searches. Maybe they need to ask the NSA for funding if they're going to screw around behind their users' backs and leave the damn ads out.

Edited 2013-08-09 15:08 UTC

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Like A Politician
by jazman777 on Fri 9th Aug 2013 15:30 UTC
jazman777
Member since:
2013-02-27

more attractive for users and more effective for advertisers.

Yeah, they are so right on both counts.

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aaaaaaand it's gone!
by themwagency on Fri 9th Aug 2013 18:00 UTC
themwagency
Member since:
2013-03-06

and thus back to Apple maps I go.

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RE: aaaaaaand it's gone!
by SeeM on Sat 10th Aug 2013 07:28 UTC in reply to "aaaaaaand it's gone!"
SeeM Member since:
2011-09-10

and thus back to Apple maps I go.


Just wait a year. Apple will go adware, too.

Edited 2013-08-10 07:28 UTC

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Adverts
by Adurbe on Fri 9th Aug 2013 18:42 UTC
Adurbe
Member since:
2005-07-06

The most effective advert is one you don't Know is an advert.

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Better than Navteq decisions?
by aliquis on Fri 9th Aug 2013 20:10 UTC
aliquis
Member since:
2005-07-23

Might had been a better idea than to buy Navteq for 8 billion dollar.

(and invest whatever into improving it.)

I wonder what return Nokia have had so far.

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RE: Better than Navteq decisions?
by Nelson on Fri 9th Aug 2013 21:23 UTC in reply to "Better than Navteq decisions?"
Nelson Member since:
2005-11-29

If you're interested this is an awesome article on Nokia's HERE platform and NAVTEQ acquisition.

http://seekingalpha.com/article/1552652-nokia-is-neither-here-nor-t...

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Bill Shooter of Bul Member since:
2006-07-14

Good question. The lack of free mapping/navigation on the nokia internet tablets was a big turn off. You had to pay a yearly subscription to a third party for mapping it was like $100 or so. I probably would have bought one, if it had been offered with no re occurring fee. So, I think there have been increased sales, but probably not anywhere near 8 billion worth.

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Just one more reason I like my iPhone
by leos on Sat 10th Aug 2013 04:34 UTC
leos
Member since:
2005-09-21

I've said this dozens of times. Given the choice between a company who's primary business is advertising, and a company who's primary business is selling hardware, I choose the one that sells hardware.

Of course all the fandroids laughed at me saying Apple also has an advertising division so there is no difference.

I can't stand ads in apps, and now they're coming to even the first party ones from Google. Lots of different reasons to criticize Apple, but I'm willing to bet they're not going to put ads in their first party apps (and if they did I'd switch to Jolla or Blackberry).

Edited 2013-08-10 04:38 UTC

Reply Score: 3

Comment by ilovebeer
by ilovebeer on Sat 10th Aug 2013 16:46 UTC
ilovebeer
Member since:
2011-08-08

I despise ads in most cases. In agreement with a previous user, I'd much rather pay for an ad-free map app than to be smothered with ad-garbage regardless how "relevant" it is. The only way I'll have a better experience using Google Maps is if they leave the stupid ass ads out.

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