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

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.

Thread beginning with comment 569226
To read all comments associated with this story, please click here.
by Bill Shooter of Bul on Fri 9th Aug 2013 13:42 UTC
Bill Shooter of Bul
Member since:

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.


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

Reply Score: 3

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

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!

Reply Parent Score: 2

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

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.

Reply Parent Score: 2

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

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.

Reply Parent Score: 2