Google Removes Google+ Local App From the App Store Following Integration into Google Maps

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    After integrating Google+ Local features into its Google Maps application, Google is planning to retire the Google+ Local app for iOS on August 7 and has already removed it from the App Store.

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    The company sent out an email yesterday announcing the news:
    According to the email, users of the app will no longer be able to access content within the app as of August 7, though reviews and ratings that have been made will be available via Google+ profiles and in the Google Maps iOS app.

    Google Maps is a free app that can be downloaded from the App Store. [Direct Link]

    Article Link: Google Removes Google+ Local App From the App Store Following Integration into Google Maps
     
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    That app was horrible anyways
     
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    Phew! Thank heavens! Google will be pushing that G+ rock up the hill until the end of time... :rolleyes:
     
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    JoEw

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    The only google app i used :/
     
  5. macrumors 6502

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    It's built into Google Maps now. Why can't you continue to use it?
     
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    Pakaku

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    ...Why does a map app need social features?
     
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    I'm surprised the CEO didn't announce to the media that it was Apple's decision to remove it, he kept making it sound like Apple was keeping them out of the App Store even when they hadn't submitted an app.
     
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    How so? I found it to be useful for finding restaurants nearby that are open.
     
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    Oh no, not my 5th option ;-)
    Tighter integration with maps is the only way I'll find myself using G+ (even then it's pretty unlikely) and I suspect the same is true for many of my friends. Surely a good move from google

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    Pakaku

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    "Hey, you should join Google+ so I can add you"

    "Okay, but what G+ app do I download?"

    "Oh yeah, just download the Google Maps app"

    "..."
     
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    Maybe they haven't upgraded to iOS 6? The recently updated Google Maps now requires iOS 6.
     
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    While I agree with the sentiment behind your comment... at least this is a case where combining the features actually made some sense. And, unlike most Google+ related news over the past two years, the move went the other way. Usually they shut down some useful app/project and declare "but you can now do the same thing (sort of) in Google+!"

    Of course Google Maps is probably something they can't afford to screw up - but I'm sure the idea of sucking it into Google+ in an attempt to make the latter more relevant has at least been discussed...
     
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    JoEw

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    It has no sorting options, the best part of local app, see what is open now 5 miles away. And yes, yelp, but yelp does not have a lot of the locations in my area, google however does.

    Just another service I can stop using google for, their loss.
     
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    Sounds more like you don't know how to use the service that is now in maps.

    I guess to me that sounds more like your loss than Googles.

    Try Googling it instead of complaining about it in a MacRumors room that will never be seen by Google.

    Your loss, not Google's.
     
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    Nice move
     
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    JoEw

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    I have definitely tried using the google maps app and it feels more of an after thought the local integration.

    It is googles loss, my data is advertising for them. ESPECIALLY location.
    I am not complaining, simply stating the maps app is not a equal or better replacement to local.
     
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    who liked it anyway? it was a boring app.
     
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    sensible move, that's what i love about google.
     
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    because it was made by Google :D
     

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