View Full Version : Google pulling the plug on iPhone apps using it as a map provider?

Feb 24, 2009, 04:51 AM
Just noticed an update for the Trails app, which states:

At the request of Google[,] Trails no longer uses Google Maps as a map provider.


Google will request the removal of their maps from all other application[s] that use them as well, Trails is not the only app that will be affected by this.

As of this update, Trails is using OpenStreetMap (http://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Main_Page).

Does anyone have further details on this? It seems that, if true, this will affect an awful lot of developers, including many here on the forums.

Comment from publishers who have received such requests from Google to substantiate this would be much appreciated.

No word from the iPhone Google Maps component (http://code.google.com/p/iphone-google-maps-component/) project yet.

Feb 24, 2009, 05:19 AM
Makes sense. It's always been against their Terms and Conditions so it was a bad idea to integrate that in the first place. I pulled a couple of app ideas based on this and am glad I did.

Relevant T&Cs were

9.1 Free, Public Accessibility to Your Maps API Implementation. Your Maps API Implementation must be generally accessible to users without charge. You may require users to log in to your Maps API Implementation if you do not require users to pay a fee. Unless you have entered into a separate written agreement with Google or obtained Google's written permission, your Maps API Implementation must not:

(a) require a fee-based subscription or other fee-based restricted access; or
(b) operate only behind a firewall or only on an internal network (except during the development and testing phase).

10.8 use the Static Maps API other than in an implementation in a web browser;

Mar 16, 2009, 06:47 PM
Was it because it was used in a non-browser, or because the app was not free?

Mar 16, 2009, 07:11 PM
oh god! don't make us use microsoft virtual earth!

Mar 16, 2009, 07:15 PM
Is google not changing mapping data source?

Would be big news. Kinda expecting some map news from google for Latitude, and Apple/Google/TomTom etc regarding SatNav.

Wonder what contract Google has?

I smell a TomTom / Tele Atlas OS 3.0 app rat. Would tie in - Apple gets an iPhone SatNav app, Google changes policy, TomTom gets the app. Then the iPHone could also feed in data to update the maps too, for the 5 year deal...

Mar 17, 2009, 04:49 AM
Was it because it was used in a non-browser, or because the app was not free?

The app's not free, so presumably for that reason.

Mar 17, 2009, 05:01 AM
The app's not free, so presumably for that reason.

So what other apps are affected?
Edit - RunKeeper Pro app developer hasn't been asked to. Seems a fine line there between the extras trails adds, versus RK Pro. Trails did outperform a Garmin 305 once I guess...