Google Showing New 'Relevant' Ads in Google Maps iOS App

Discussion in 'iOS Blog Discussion' started by MacRumors, Aug 8, 2013.

  1. macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Google is now showing ads 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, Google believes the new ads will be "more attractive for users and more effective for advertisers".

    Google Maps is a free download from the App Store. [Direct Link]

    Article Link: Google Showing New 'Relevant' Ads in Google Maps iOS App
  2. macrumors 68020


    Jun 10, 2010
    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.
  3. macrumors 6502

    Dec 26, 2011
    Taking a page from Waze playbook. This may put Apple's Maps ahead, with its better map cache and ad free.
  4. HMI
    macrumors 6502a


    May 23, 2012

    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.
  5. macrumors regular

    Sep 29, 2011
    Knew it.
  6. macrumors regular

    Jun 30, 2008
    the nati
    I think I'll stick with Apple maps, where I'm the customer and not the product.
  7. macrumors 6502

    Feb 25, 2003
    Tempe, AZ
    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.
  8. macrumors regular

    Mar 11, 2013
    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.
  9. macrumors G5


    May 2, 2002
    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).
  10. macrumors 6502a


    Jul 21, 2010
    United States of America
    Really. Who didn't see this coming.
  11. macrumors 68040

    Jan 15, 2008
    Holocene Epoch
    We knew this was coming.

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

    Apple maps have been flawless around here as long as I have an address. The POI data, not so much.
  12. seamer, Aug 8, 2013
    Last edited: Aug 8, 2013

    macrumors 6502


    Jul 24, 2009
    I get ads on Waze

    Derp, misread the original post. Please disregard
  13. macrumors 68020

    Nov 10, 2007
    Google Maps now deleted from my iPhone.
  14. macrumors 6502a


    Jun 21, 2011
    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.
  15. macrumors newbie

    Feb 17, 2012
    Google Maps and Ads

    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.....
  16. macrumors 68040


    Jun 26, 2009
    Burpelson AFB
    You may be less in the minority than you think. Google gets more obnoxious by the day.
  17. macrumors member

    Sep 17, 2011
    Scotland GB
    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.
  18. macrumors 6502a

    Sep 6, 2010
    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!
  19. macrumors 68020

    Jul 18, 2013
    Deleted from iPad.

    On my nexus 7, I use TomTom.
  20. macrumors 68020

    Nov 10, 2007
    Gee, thanks for giving me permission.;)


    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...
  21. macrumors 604

    Sep 23, 2003
    Anyone have a recommendation for a good alternative mapping app on android?
  22. macrumors 6502a


    Apr 18, 2013
    Ads in maps? Really?
  23. macrumors 6502a

    Jun 9, 2013
    No ads for me :)
  24. macrumors 6502

    Apr 5, 2011

    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.
  25. macrumors 6502a

    Aug 30, 2009
    Same here. I will pay whatever it takes not to see that crap. That is the reason I returned the android phone.


    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


    Same. Bigger screen would make me happy again

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