Lowers pricing and simplifies implementation.
Google this week announced that they will cut the price for Google Maps API by up to 88% for high-traffic web sites. Suspiciously enough, the announcement came soon after Apple announced that they would be ditching Google Maps in iOS 6.
“While the Maps API remains free for the vast majority of sites, some developers were worried about the potential costs. In response, we have lowered the online price from US $4 per 1,000 map loads to 50¢ per 1,000 map loads” commented Google Maps API product manager Thor Mitchell. “We’re beginning to monitor Maps API usage starting today, and, based on current usage, fees will only apply to the top 0.35% of sites regularly exceeding the published limits of 25,000 map loads every day for 90 consecutive days. We aren’t automating the application of these limits, so if your site consistently uses more than the free maps allowance we’ll contact you to discuss your options. Please rest assured that your map will not stop working due to a sudden surge in popularity.”
Read the full announcement over at the Google Geo Developers Blog