You won't find that cupcake calorie counter anymore on Google Maps

Google Maps Shows Walking Distance As Calories And People Are Pissed

According to a spokesperson from the company, they have taken this decision after receiving feedback from users regarding the dangers the feature poses.

The feature in its iOS app, which apparently was meant to encourage walking instead of driving, also shows users how many mini cupcakes they would burn from their walk.

The Google search app for iOS has been updated with support for Drag and Drop on iPad and now lets you choose between Apple Maps, Google Maps, or Waze for directions.

A simple fix, should the feature return, would be to offer the option to opt out of the calorie estimates. The calories were communicated in equivalence to the amount of "mini cupcakes". While walking on foot, the app would calculate the number of cupcakes and calories a person burned.




In other Maps news, Google this week added another new feature users will probably like better than the calorie estimator: imagery from spacecraft Cassini, which launched from Cape Canaveral twenty years ago to study Saturn and its moons.

Users flocked to criticise Google Maps, with many pointing out that since Google used calorie estimates for the "average" people - the resulting information wasn't very helpful to users looking to burn more calories. Moreover, many people on Twitter have said that this calorie counter and the cupcake system could act as a trigger for people suffering from eating disorders.

However, a vocal minority of users decided that this is an offensive move on Google's part as it was merely an abstract number that was specifically targeting women with eating disorders. Such a calculation can vary wildly from person to person, as burn rates are based on a variety of factors including gender, age, current weight, body composition, and more. Unfortunately for Google, theirs is the most popular one.

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