The Google Maps API Platform has received a mega makeover that affects just about every developer using it, whether you’re operating as a freelancer, commercial entity or small business. Starting just a few weeks ago, on June 16th, all developers had to adjust to the Platform’s changes and price hikes. The new changes are quite drastic and have been re-branded under the new name of Google Maps Platform.
According to TechCrunch, Google has simplified the platform by creating three core platforms, labelled as: Maps, Routes and Places. This is quite a transition considering the platform previously had 18 different Maps APIs. In addition, it’s important to note that despite the platform changes, developers are assured that existing code will continue to work without any issues or alterations.
Perhaps one of the biggest changes coming about from the major update is the change in user’s fees. If you have been using the Google Maps Platform, you have probably already noticed. However, for those that plan on using the platform, it’s important to understand the charges you will incur. In summary, every developer receives $200 a month for free and yes, that’s every month. For those that exceed $200, there are multiple pricing plans, in which users only pay for what they use. As stated by TechCrunch, Google will no longer offer Standard and Premium plans. Instead, Google will only provide a single pricing plan that offers free support to userst. Check out Google’s full list of pricing options here.
What are your thoughts on the new updates?