Thursday, 3 November 2011

Google Maps – Not "Free" In the Future?

According to reports, Google will start limiting the use of its Google Maps, or Maps application programming interface (API) – which is set to start early next year.

Hence, those websites and apps which use Google Maps will be limited to generate and use only around 25,000 map loads per day, or 2,500 map loads when using APIs using the Styled Maps feature.

In order to exceed the limitations mentioned above, 3 options are given to users.  First is to remain with the map load generation restrictions set by Google, second is to pay for any excess map loads that a user may have incurred, or, purchase a license to use Maps API premier.

Reports state that Google will charge $4 to $10 for every 1000 excess map loads incurred by a user, website or app.  It also worthy to note, however, that these charges for excess map loads will not be applied to Maps API for Flash.

On the good side, however, Google states that these changes are only set to affect only the top 0.35 percent of the total sites that use this API.  The behemoth company also stated that the said limitations were not designed to make the access of Google Maps expensive – instead, these changes were introduced to ensure that majority of developers will still be able to use Google Maps API – for free, in the future years to come.

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