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MacRumors
Aug 8, 2013, 03:12 PM
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Google is now showing ads (http://adwords.blogspot.com/2013/08/attract-new-customers-with-local-ads-on.html) in the Android and iOS versions of its Google Maps app. Google is calling them "relevant ads" and they will appear at the bottom of the screen following a search.

As The Next Web notes (http://thenextweb.com/google/2013/08/08/google-maps-for-android-and-ios-now-shows-relevant-ads-at-the-bottom-of-the-screen-after-you-perform-a-search/), Google believes the new ads will be "more attractive for users and more effective for advertisers".

http://images.macrumors.com/article-new/2013/08/googlemapsad.jpgRelevant ads on the Google Maps app can now appear at the bottom of the screen after a user performs a search. They include a title, ad text, and a link to get directions. Users can tap or swipe upward to see more information -- this is a new click type known as "Get location details" and results in a standard CPC charge.

When users click on an ad to get location details, they'll see additional information such as the business's address, phone number, photos, reviews and more. From here, there are a number of paid and free click actions they can take. Free actions include saving business information for later, sharing a business with a friend, or starting navigation. Aggregated reporting for these free clicks is available in your account.Google Maps is a free download (http://appshopper.com/navigation/google-maps) from the App Store. [Direct Link (https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/id585027354?mt=8)]

Article Link: Google Showing New 'Relevant' Ads in Google Maps iOS App (http://www.macrumors.com/2013/08/08/google-showing-new-relevant-ads-in-google-maps-ios-app/)



ugahairydawgs
Aug 8, 2013, 03:16 PM
I get that I'm in the minority on this, but I'd rather pay for a maps app or use Apple's "evolving" Maps rather than being force fed ads by Google.

Luckily we have those options.

tdtran1025
Aug 8, 2013, 03:21 PM
Taking a page from Waze playbook. This may put Apple's Maps ahead, with its better map cache and ad free.

HMI
Aug 8, 2013, 03:26 PM
I already feel like I'm compromising and sacrificing by watching the ads before YouTube videos, and the "skip ad" button is the only reason I keep using YouTube. It's probably the only way to find a middle ground between free ad-supported content and not watching those ads.

efktd
Aug 8, 2013, 03:30 PM
Knew it.

whyamihere
Aug 8, 2013, 03:32 PM
I think I'll stick with Apple maps, where I'm the customer and not the product.

kwikdeth
Aug 8, 2013, 03:39 PM
Suddenly became a lot more interested in revisiting Apple's maps app....

Yesterday google's maps app asked me to submit a review... While i was in my car trying to pull up traffic data. Highly agitating.

Georgij
Aug 8, 2013, 03:39 PM
I hate ads. No wonder Apple removed Google maps from iOS, because Google wanted to bring ads and not allowing any new features to be implemented unless Apple allows their ads.

nagromme
Aug 8, 2013, 03:43 PM
I'm glad Apple's maps have been so nearly flawless in my city, because I'd much rather be the customer that gets courted, rather than being the product that gets sold (to advertisers).

BHP41
Aug 8, 2013, 03:46 PM
Really. Who didn't see this coming.

John.B
Aug 8, 2013, 03:47 PM
We knew this was coming.

If only Apple would clean up the garbage in the Yelp POI data...

I'm glad Apple's maps have been so nearly flawless in my city, because I'd much rather be the customer that gets courted, rather than being the product that gets sold (to advertisers).

Apple maps have been flawless around here as long as I have an address. The POI data, not so much.

seamer
Aug 8, 2013, 03:56 PM
Taking a page from Waze playbook. This may put Apple's Maps ahead, with its better map cache and ad free.

I get ads on Waze

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Derp, misread the original post. Please disregard

rdlink
Aug 8, 2013, 04:01 PM
Google Maps now deleted from my iPhone.

dBeats
Aug 8, 2013, 04:02 PM
Ok Google Maps....delete yourself...

It's so true, we all secretly knew this was coming. Considering we use maps mostly in CARS, I think Google is showing that they would rather you have a car drive itself while you are force fed ads with your eyelids propped open with toooooth picks while Apple would prefer you drive the car and keep your eyes on the road.

ix.heart
Aug 8, 2013, 04:24 PM
Well I love Google Maps as it is used everyday on my phone. I hate ads more and if this is the way Google is headed I'll gladly revisit using Apple Maps. There are just some things I wont tolerate no matter how good the app may be and thats stupid ads. First time i see one, app get deleted.....

ValSalva
Aug 8, 2013, 04:27 PM
I get that I'm in the minority on this, but I'd rather pay for a maps app or use Apple's "evolving" Maps rather than being force fed ads by Google.

Luckily we have those options.

You may be less in the minority than you think. Google gets more obnoxious by the day.

SamSmith
Aug 8, 2013, 04:36 PM
I will not be ditching Google's Maps because of ads. In fact, if they are targeted, then they might even be beneficial to me. Use whatever mapping app you want though, of course.

seble
Aug 8, 2013, 04:40 PM
Well they couldn't even resist not putting them in their beloved android platform, so I guess they really don't hate us apple users too much!

JackieInCo
Aug 8, 2013, 04:43 PM
Deleted from iPad.

On my nexus 7, I use TomTom.

rdlink
Aug 8, 2013, 04:54 PM
I will not be ditching Google's Maps because of ads. In fact, if they are targeted, then they might even be beneficial to me. Use whatever mapping app you want though, of course.

Gee, thanks for giving me permission.;)

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Well they couldn't even resist not putting them in their beloved android platform, so I guess they really don't hate us apple users too much!

Of course they don't hate Apple users. In fact, they love Apple users who install Google products on their phones. They can sell those users for a very good price...

milo
Aug 8, 2013, 05:01 PM
Anyone have a recommendation for a good alternative mapping app on android?

xNYMetsx
Aug 8, 2013, 05:10 PM
Need an alternative for Android. With I could have iOS on my Nexus 4.

Love iOS but hate the iPhone hardware.

pirg
Aug 8, 2013, 05:10 PM
Ads in maps? Really?

donutbagel
Aug 8, 2013, 05:20 PM
No ads for me :)

Terrin
Aug 8, 2013, 05:23 PM
I get that I'm in the minority on this, but I'd rather pay for a maps app or use Apple's "evolving" Maps rather than being force fed ads by Google.

Luckily we have those options.


Google's relevant ads stink. I am a bankruptcy attorney. I get lots of ads asking me if I want to file bankruptcy or need help with other debt issues. I also get ads regarding whether I want to go to law school.

aloshka
Aug 8, 2013, 05:26 PM
I get that I'm in the minority on this, but I'd rather pay for a maps app or use Apple's "evolving" Maps rather than being force fed ads by Google.

Luckily we have those options.

Same here. I will pay whatever it takes not to see that crap. That is the reason I returned the android phone.

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I will not be ditching Google's Maps because of ads. In fact, if they are targeted, then they might even be beneficial to me. Use whatever mapping app you want though, of course.

And by "targeted" you mean you are the product that Google is making money off, using your location, and God only knows what other information

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Need an alternative for Android. With I could have iOS on my Nexus 4.

Love iOS but hate the iPhone hardware.

Same. Bigger screen would make me happy again

JackieInCo
Aug 8, 2013, 05:27 PM
Google's relevant ads stink. I am a bankruptcy attorney. I get lots of ads asking me if I want to file bankruptcy or need help with other debt issues. I also get ads regarding whether I want to go to law school.

Bankruptcy may be the answer. :D

PrimeMatrix
Aug 8, 2013, 10:28 PM
Google Maps now deleted from my iPhone.

I too knew this was coming, so I never "re-installed" google maps when it was removed from my phone a few updates ago. Thankfully, my areas too have been pretty flawless on Apple Maps.

thefourthpope
Aug 8, 2013, 10:31 PM
Hasn't happened to me yet. First time it does will probably be the last time it does.

PrimeMatrix
Aug 8, 2013, 10:34 PM
Same here. I will pay whatever it takes not to see that crap. That is the reason I returned the android phone.

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And by "targeted" you mean you are the product that Google is making money off, using your location, and God only knows what other information

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Same. Bigger screen would make me happy again

If you want a "tablet", buy a tablet; as for me, I like the size of the iPhones.

macs4nw
Aug 9, 2013, 03:47 AM
Really. Who didn't see this coming.

Knew it.

Suddenly became a lot more interested in revisiting Apple's maps app.....

I get that I'm in the minority on this, but I'd rather pay for a maps app or use Apple's "evolving" Maps rather than being force fed ads by Google. Luckily we have those options.

You may be less in the minority than you think. Google gets more obnoxious by the day.

GOOGLE is counting on people's unhappiness with APPLE's Maps, to get away with this. With the ongoing and continuing improvements to :apple:Maps, I see more and more positive comments about it, and GOOGLE may find that it overestimated people's displeasure with :apple:Maps, and that more people than expected, are loathing GOOGLE's ads more, than some shortcomings in their competitor's Maps app.

SamSmith
Aug 9, 2013, 04:22 AM
Gee, thanks for giving me permission.;)






Haha xD

jonnysods
Aug 9, 2013, 07:46 AM
I guess they have to make money somehow. In sure it cost them a lot photographing the whole planet!

Having said that, this will suck.

PrimeMatrix
Aug 9, 2013, 11:26 AM
I guess they have to make money somehow. In sure it cost them a lot photographing the whole planet!

Having said that, this will suck.

I'm sure with all the selling of our personal data, like locations, search interests, etc, on top of the ad services, they are more than substantially profiting from it all, even after "photographing the whole planet".

heutusops
Aug 9, 2013, 04:22 PM
too bad i dont use google maps, there are better alternatives (atleast in my view), i always hated this theme of google maps, really confusing and boring.

jonnysods
Aug 9, 2013, 04:57 PM
I'm sure with all the selling of our personal data, like locations, search interests, etc, on top of the ad services, they are more than substantially profiting from it all, even after "photographing the whole planet".

This is true. The cloud services and free email providing is going to bite us all one day (and already essentially is).

John.B
Aug 9, 2013, 09:22 PM
So they clandestinely baked this into their app, only to flip the switch later after that version is widely deployed, and the "announcement" comes via their Adsense blog...

topper24hours
Aug 10, 2013, 12:58 AM
I lol'ed at the photo! Did you guys notice the ad typo? "Shope our sales"!

Hahaha....

Icaras
Aug 10, 2013, 03:47 AM
And yet another reason why I love Apple Maps. :D

Can't wait to have it in OS X this fall too.

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I already feel like I'm compromising and sacrificing by watching the ads before YouTube videos, and the "skip ad" button is the only reason I keep using YouTube. It's probably the only way to find a middle ground between free ad-supported content and not watching those ads.

Tell me about it. Actually, there was an aggressive push on the movie "Two Guns" last week I believe and a short trailer played before each and every YouTube video I viewed. But what made it really annoying was that they removed the "skip ad" this time around.

YouTube is the last reminding Google app and service that I use today and I swear I am this close to finally getting rid of it and being completely free of this marketing hell that is Google.