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Google infuses Android, iOS Maps app with promoted search results

By Shawn Knight
Aug 8, 2013
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  1. The latest version of Google Maps for Android and iOS now includes a dose of targeted advertising. Referred to by the search giant as “relevant ads,” they will appear at the bottom of the screen as an expandable banner after...

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  2. The best part about the new google navigation is you can uninstall it and revert back to the old version. I use the phone as a gps all day long for work and would have wiped my phone if I had to to go back to the old version.
     
  3. My iphone is still on iOS 4 with the original google maps built in app.

    Yet another reason not to update/upgrade my phone.
     
  4. Adaway FTW
     
  5. ghasmanjr

    ghasmanjr TS Booster Posts: 363   +86

    Idk what you guests have against the new google maps, but the new version's GPS kicks apple maps' ***. I can deal with ads by...wait for it...just not clicking on them! Whoa! That solution came from left field!
    The new version actually replaced my paid GPS app because the voice guidance is so well done.
     
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  6. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 3,174   +761

    Yeah they're easy to ignore. If they annoy you the solution seems really complicated to a lot of guests so let me see if I can simplify... Don't tap or click on them... especially when you're driving.
     
  7. ghasmanjr

    ghasmanjr TS Booster Posts: 363   +86

    Ironically, it's illegal to use Google Maps while driving in the state of Michigan (and most other states for that matter).
     


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