Google Maps Engine and My Tracks coming to an end

We mentioned last week that Google Maps Engine is being shut down and as a result three Google Earth Pro only layers that depended on Google Maps Engine have been dropped. They were still visible over the weekend, but as of Monday 1st February 2016, they are no longer showing in Google Earth Pro. Google Maps Engine appears to have been shut down today, 2nd February 2016.

Another Google mapping related product is the mobile app My Tracks. According to its support page it will not be available after April 30, 2016. We at first thought that My Tracks might have been dependant on Google Maps Engine, but have not been able to find any evidence of this.

Google Maps Engine does have a lot of user created maps. One of the first things Google did after announcing its deprecation a year ago was to remove those maps from the Google Maps Gallery, which had a noticeable effect on the quantity of interesting maps available. However, new maps based on the newer My Maps are being created all the time so be sure to check out the gallery if you have not done so recently.

Another effect of the deprecation of Google Maps Engine is that Google stopped releasing imagery update maps via that platform. The last such map to be released was the May 2015 update. Since then, they have used the Voyager layers to provide imagery update maps, but much less frequently with only two so far being released.

About Timothy Whitehead

Timothy has been using Google Earth since 2004 when it was still called Keyhole before it was renamed Google Earth in 2005 and has been a huge fan ever since. He is a programmer working for Red Wing Aerobatx and lives in Cape Town, South Africa.






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Comments

  1. I just finished converting my map sets in geteach.com and went live Sunday. These map sets, hosted on GME (rasters, shapefiles, and kmls), stopped working Monday. As people are starting to realize, the platform had some potential. The learning curve was a little steep, the ui was straight out of the 90s, and Google did not do a great job educating users of GME’s purpose. However, it was a adequate cloud hosting one stop shop for varying geo-spatial data sets with a lot of great maps; many of these maps taken down long before this weekend.

  2. Wilmer Osario says

    Google Map Maker in danger?

  3. Hi all, is it possible to make bigger cache in google earth to more than 2048 MB? if possible, how to do it? I have visited the same place in Google Earth, it was rendering well, then move to other area. When i visited back the first are, it was blur and rendering again.

  4. Can you tell me what it the strategic direction Google Earth is going? Are they going to shut down? Become a picture show?

  5. Feel free to check out http://www.MapRight.com. We have access to all of the parcel data that Google Earth has recently removed.



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