Google: Google Maps unaffected by Pokemon Go
|A young man plays the augmented reality mobile game “Pokemon Go” at a park in downtown HCMC. Requests of Pokemon Go players to edit locations on Google Maps will not affect the accuracy of the service – PHOTO: THANH HOA|
HCMC – Requests of Pokemon Go players to edit locations on Google Maps will not affect the accuracy of the service as the augmented reality mobile game and Google Maps are managed by different companies, a Google media representative said on August 11.
The representative said that though many Internet users have been provided with the Google Map Maker tool to add and edit places on Google Maps, no errors could be automatically created as all map change requests by users must be checked and accepted by the Google team.
In fact, Pokemon Go has caused no problems for Google Maps regarding Pokestops, locations that provide in-game items for players, since it was launched in many countries a month ago. The Google’s service is operating stably in Vietnam as well.
Google Maps is updated from 1,000 global data sources including public administrative maps, maps of public transport, satellite images, and aerial and on-street photos. Data and locations contributed by users are only part of Google’s massive database.
New locations added to Google Maps must be verified and approved by the Google team and Google Map Maker is just part of that process.
According to the Google customer support team, anyone can assess changes in Google Map Maker but the revised data will only become part of the map after being evaluated and approved by reliable experts. Google itself has a team of professional reviewers.
Accordingly, location editing requests will be checked by the head reviewer. After being verified by the Google evaluation team, these changes will appear on Google Maps including its direction finding feature as well as on other Google products such as Google Earth, Google Maps for Mobile and Google Plus.
Inaccurate requests will be denied.
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