Google Maps is reportedly already dropping an experimental feature that only rolled out about a week ago on its iOS version. Namely, the service will stop displaying its automatic calorie estimates which showed, for example, how when calories an “average” person could burn by walking a mile (90, according to this count).
The Automatic Calorie Estimates Generated Very Mixed Responses
Reportedly, Google decided to give up on a new, experimental feature which first appeared on iOS about a week ago. Users might have noticed that, after searching for directions, they also got a calorie estimate. This showed how much they could burn by walking instead of taking a taxi or driving to their destination.
Besides this automatic calorie estimate, this Maps feature also gave their “mini cupcakes” equivalent, sort of for putting things into perspective.
However, the feature reportedly got a very mixed response, with apparently many of them verging more on the hate than on the love part.
Namely, some users allegedly took this as an incentive to start walking more often, instead of relying on the public transportation or cars for every errand. However, many saw this calorie estimates as rather a vague, useless, possibly even damaging element.
Google Maps now includes calorie estimates & I really don’t need this kind of judgment right now pic.twitter.com/f9y3fW71ld
— Catherine Bond (@DrKateBond) October 13, 2017
According to media reports, a Google representative stated that the Google Maps team decided to withdraw the feature based on the “strong user” feedback against it.
As quite a few pointed out, the automatic calorie estimates appeared rather suddenly and did not offer any explanation or information as to how to turn it off, which annoyed quite a few users. Besides being an “unasked for” health advice, the estimates were pointed out to be rather vague.
Namely, the feature’s info did not really explain how and what is an “average person”. Many considered that this statement would have needed more context.
Some critics even pointed out that such calories estimate feature would do more harm than good to a person that is battling with anorexia, for example, or other eating disorders.
I guess Google maps now automatically shows you how many calories you’d burn if you walk somewhere instead of driving pic.twitter.com/eixqCh00rn
— Taylor Lorenz (@TaylorLorenz) October 17, 2017
The feature should have been withdrawn on Tuesday evening, but users that still see this should expect it to be gone very soon. Users that considered it a useful feature can turn to already available and similar apps, CityMapper and MapMyFitness being just two commonly used examples.
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