Google recently announced that they would be retiring Map Maker, a tool that allows users to edit Google Maps. Don’t worry though, you will still be able to make edits to Google Maps, but instead of having a standalone tool, Google has decided to integrate the feature right into its main Google Maps app.
By integrating the map editing feature into one app, Google will be able to “focus on providing the best editing and moderation experience within Google Maps on both desktop and mobile”. Google says that they will be rolling out a similar editing experience, so you will still be able to do most of the things you’ve done on Map Maker though, they did not specify which tools will be brought over to Google Maps.
This update will take effect by March 2017. From today onwards, edits made on Google Maps will not be available for moderation on Map Maker. This will also speed up the time for an edit to get published.
Let’s hope that this update will make it easier for Google to moderate edits made by the public to avoid vandalism like what happened last year when someone managed to make an Android logo pee on an Apple.