Google+ Local being retired on August 7, another Google app bites the dust!

Google's never ending spring cleaning continues it seems, with the retirement of the Google+ Local iOS application destined for August 7. The app, which hasn't even been updated for the iPhone 5 as it is, acts as a directory for such locations as bars, restaurants, gas stations and local attractions. An email being sent out to users of the app regarding the closure was obtained by 9to5Mac:

Google+ Local app for iOS will be retired on August 7th

Hello, We’re emailing to announce that the Google+ Local app for iOS will be retired on August 7th, 2013. The good news is that all features in the Google+ Local app are now available in Google Maps for Mobile on iOS devices:

With the recent updates to Google Maps incorporating much of this, it comes as little surprise that it's being retired at all. With local now incorporated into Google Maps, and Latitude being incorporated into Google+, the folks at Mountain View really are streamlining their operations. At the same time, there's bound to be some disappointed people out there who liked being able to get this information from Google, without having to use Google Maps. Are you one of them?

Source: 9to5Mac

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Google+ Local being retired on August 7, another Google app bites the dust!


Although you already hit on it, the functionality isn't really going away, just being streamlined into apps that make sense. I thought it was odd to have a separate Local app, which required me to eventually bring up Maps anyway to find the location, so the separate app seemed redundant. I welcome this change.

I'm fine with it moving into Google Maps. Although I just opened up the app and it appears to be correctly formatted for the iPhone 5 to me.

I'm not surprised by the announcement. For me, I use either Siri or the Googles home page via mobile Safari.

I used the app occasionally to find things if I was in an area I was unfamiliar with. But since I'm on iOS 7 B3 it was just crashing upon open since it isn't iOS7 freindly yet and I guess now never will be. I've been able to work these past few weeks without it, so I'll be alright.

Since I use the Google Search/Google Now app on my iPhone, I already have the Google Maps app installed -- makes things work easier. So, this won't make any real difference to me -- other than I get to reduce some of my app clutter!