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Support Google Maps no longer letting me search by category

Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by wonderbread, Aug 8, 2010.

  1. wonderbread

    wonderbread Well-Known Member
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    I use to be able to search for categories of things in my area by opening google maps and then clickin 'menu' and then 'search' and immediately a list of categories would pop up and i could click on 'restuarants' for instance and then select by sub category such as 'chinese'. Now, the search button only opens a search box. I've seen the places icon but that's no more than a macro to search for broad words like "bars" or "restuarants" in google maps. It's not a full categorization.

    Did this ever exist in google maps or am I confusing it for Yelp?
     

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  2. wonderbread

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    I think this was a google labs feature for the maps app. Anyone else use this?
     
  3. mrsbethyoung

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    Have you tried using Places? It should be in your app drawer.
     
  4. wonderbread

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    Yeah, like I said
    I definitely recall that when I clicked on the google maps search button it opened up a menu, and the restaurants menu, for instance, had a sub menu of cuisine.

    Is there a way to get places to show sub categories?
     
  5. mrsbethyoung

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    I don't know if it's exactly what you're looking for, but when I go to maps and hit search and start typing restaurant, all the different cuisines pop up as suggestions.

    Does that not happen for you?
     
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  6. wonderbread

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    Yeah, looks like that does happen. I guess before it use to just have a menu for all that instead of having to type it in. I'll bet Google is going to further develop that places app into more of a catalog.
     
  7. mrsbethyoung

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    Hmm. Did you happen to download a history wiper? I know there are apps out there that wipe your search history in the market, maps, google search, etc.

    Have you tried uninstalling the app, restarting your phone and then reinstalling?
     
  8. wonderbread

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    I uninstalled the Google Maps updates, opened Google Maps, went to menu->More->Labs, and sure enough, "Popular Categories" is an option in labs and it does exactly what I had remembered. When I reinstall the 4.4 updates the Popular Categories Lab is gone.

    A couple google threads also report this disappearing functionality:
    http://www.google.com/support/forum/p/Google+Mobile/thread?tid=4ed07be3f9e0518a&hl=en
    Uninstall latest version of Google Maps and reinstall previous version - Google Mobile Help
     

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