Google Maps to Remove Calorie Counter from iOS Apps

by Leslie Wood October 19, 2017, 0:30
Google Maps to Remove Calorie Counter from iOS Apps

The company chose to measure calorie burn in mini cupcakes, which they probably felt was a cutesy way of getting the message across, but the whole thing came across as somewhat judgemental, patronising and potentially risky - as the company found when news of the feature spread to Twitter.

Google Maps is removing a feature that tells people how many calories they'll burn talking a certain route after a backlash from users.

The US technology firm also converted the calorie count into the number of "mini cupcakes" those calories equate to.

Google has chose to get rid of the calorie tracking feature it had added to the Google Maps iOS app. One of the main complaints was that the feature could be harmful for users dealing with eating disorders, as calorie-counting is a controversial practice in the nutrition world, and some have argued that a fixation on numbers can lead to an unhealthy obsession.

As one social media user wrote: Google Maps cupcake edition, we hardly knew ya.

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The calorie count shows up on the map if the driving directions you've requested cover a short distance.

The evil, horrible, oh-so-bad, world-ending cupcake emoji in question arrived as a feature in a new iOS version of Google Maps that functioned as a fitness tracker.

Reportedly, Google chose to give up on a new, experimental feature which first appeared on iOS about a week ago. Or Google could embellish the feature to take into account details about the user's health, including general factors like age, weight, and gender.

Besides this automatic calorie estimate, this Maps feature also gave their "mini cupcakes" equivalent, sort of for putting things into perspective.

Following the feedback, Google has made a decision to remove the feature from its iOS app. For those who are curios, if a person were to walk to the moon, they would burn about 1,400,344,433 mini cupcakes.


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