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Merge Google Maps Here[edit]

The following discussion is closed. Please do not modify it. Subsequent comments should be made in a new section. A summary of the conclusions reached follows.
The result of this discussion was Merge. Samuel Wiki (talk) 06:58, 3 April 2019 (UTC)

The difference between App and Web are smaller now, and both articles discuss controversy when Apple removed GoogleMaps. Shushugah (talk) 15:26, 12 July 2018 (UTC)

This makes sense. It seems that other Google products that have an app version don't have their own pages for the app. (See Google Contacts, YouTube, Google Photos, Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides, etc). In addition, the Google Maps (app) page seems to be quite a bit shorter than this one. I could be missing something, though. Enscribe (talk) 01:10, 2 August 2018 (UTC)

  • Oppose - there seems to be a good amount of commentary and information in the Google Maps (app) article to justify it existing as a sub-article of the Google Maps article. The latter article is already large as it is, after all. To stuff the information from Google Maps (app) in Google Maps without bloating it would require a large amount of information shaving that just isn't acceptable. – PhilipTerryGraham (talk · articles · reviews) 15:30, 3 August 2018 (UTC)
  • Comment I would not yak shave anything. Currently, the GM App page has only 3 small sections. The lead is rather large, and is not summarized by any content inside article itself, nor does it even have citations. That said,the reception section would fit nicely into controversy/criticism section (which does not exist yet). Shushugah (talk) 17:56, 9 August 2018 (UTC)
  • Oppose - Agree completely with Philip here. Just because the Google Maps (app) article is messy and poorly written doesn't mean that it ought to be merged. Sometimes a bloated article is worse than two mediocre ones. (talk) 12:45, 14 August 2018 (UTC)
  • Support The majority of the app content would be a significant upgrade over Google Maps for Android and iOS devices. And I agree with Shushugah that Reception would work well, maybe lead to expansion, etc. Tangledupinbleu chs (talk) 23:29, 16 January 2019 (UTC)
  • Support - There's enough overlap in content and little enough app-specific info (disregarding the features that more-or-less match up with the web version, and the PR timeline) to warrant a merge. DaßWölf 18:32, 27 January 2019 (UTC)
  • Strong Support There's a lot of info that overlaps the Google Maps content. I don't understand why there should be a platform-specific separate article for a topic like this, it's pretty pointless in my opinion and definitely goes against the standard Wikipedia status quo, because I can't see anything else like this. --Tim42 (talk) 17:08, 30 January 2019 (UTC)
  • Support – Obviously the same product, with versions for desktop and mobile platforms. — JFG talk 08:07, 17 February 2019 (UTC)

The above discussion is closed. Please do not modify it. Subsequent comments should be made in a new section.

South Korea Map Censored in Google Maps[edit]

Has no one noticed that South Korea's map on Google has blurred out that makes it completely difficult to distinguish it's location including cities? North Korea has a clear map view with places of interests and other locations but not South Korea. (talk) 22:02, 22 December 2018 (UTC)

Wikipedia articles must be supported by reliable source - please don't ignore that and add your own guesswork. I've added an actual source about Google's coverage of South Korea - which is indeed poorer than indigenous Korean mapping providers, but it's not "blurred" or "censored", but mostly its disadvantaged by protectionism. -- Finlay McWalter··–·Talk 21:33, 23 December 2018 (UTC)
It is true that Google Maps' coverage of South Korea is below the standard of other countries, and we can source the reasons for this. (Essentially, South Korean law doesn't allow detailed geographical data to be exported, so Google uses images instead.)
The article does actually mention this briefly in the section 2016–present. Kahastok talk 22:56, 23 December 2018 (UTC)

Proposed merge with Google Local Guide[edit]

not notable for a freestanding article PamD 08:49, 19 January 2019 (UTC)

Bird Mode[edit]

See the story by Bret Taylor, co-creator of Google Maps.

From a user standpoint, the aerial photography is the feature more often used than the satellite imagery. Cause most of the time, you don't look at deserts or oceans, but at cities, where aerial photography is used

-- (talk) 10:19, 25 February 2019 (UTC)

So? Even if the aerial photos are used more often that does not justify you removing the claim that Google Maps offers satellite images. We already mention in the lead that most of the the high res city images are actually aerial rather than satellite satellite images . Meters (talk) 23:41, 25 February 2019 (UTC)

Satellite or aerial photographs?[edit]

Re this edit: there is no simple answer to this question, because Google Maps uses a mixture of satellite and aerial images. The IP is correct that the detailed 3D views of towns and cities are derived from aerial photographs,[1] as this would not be practical for satellite images from space. Put simply, when you can tilt the map and get a 3D view of the area, it is derived from aerial photographs. Not all areas can do this, it is mainly the heavily populated areas that have this feature.--♦IanMacM♦ (talk to me) 05:57, 26 February 2019 (UTC)

Yes, but the the IPs are attempting to completely remove mention of satellite imagery from what Google Maps offers, initially stating that it was a lie, and then that the majority of the images were not satellite. We already mention in the lead that most of the images are actually aerial photos rather than satellite photos. I've simply added aerial photos to the opening line so that both are mentioned. Meters (talk) 06:08, 26 February 2019 (UTC)
The IPs were correct that that sentence should have mentioned aerial photos. Hopefully the new sentence will be acceptable. Meters (talk) 06:11, 26 February 2019 (UTC)

Copyright problem removed[edit]

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Removal of "Cheri Retirement Homes - The Paradise" from Google Maps.[edit]

I am the promoter of Cheri Retirement Homes - The Paradise . I would like to inform you that I have discontinued this institution with effect from June 2019. I request you to remove this land mark from Google maps

Thanking you

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This is totally beyond the scope of the Wikipedia article, but if you don't want something to appear on Google Maps any more, there is a set of instructions here.--♦IanMacM♦ (talk to me) 05:24, 14 July 2019 (UTC)