Google Maps kills off its new calorie counter

BuzzFeed News' Katie Notopoulos documented a new, short-lived Google Maps feature that would suggest walking to a given close-by destination while telling you how many calories the average human would burn doing so. For example, a mini cupcake meant 110 calories. Well, most of the Android community may not know about it because it was only a test feature for iPhone users. Said feature informed to give users a general estimation of how many calories got burned during walks, which is a rather standard feature of many a fitness-oriented apps like Samsung Health, MyFitnessPal, and Endomondo.

Others noted, however, that other mapping apps have long had similar features (though not with the whole cupcake aspect).

The tech company is facing complaints over a new function that appears when users hit the walking option for a route, which calculates what the calories equate to in mini cupcakes. A number of users criticized the feature on social media, calling it judgmental and potentially triggering for those with or recovering from eating disorders.

The experimental feature, which was rolled out globally, expressed calorie estimates in the form of mini cupcakes, according to a screenshots posted on Twitter.

"During its mission, Cassini recorded and sent almost half a million pictures back to Earth, allowing scientists to reconstruct these distant worlds in unprecedented detail", Google Product Manager Stafford Marquardt wrote in a blog post. This is a feature that tracks how many calories a person has burned by walking a certain distance on foot. Caloric burn is a very subjective number based on variety of factors, including age, gender, weight, genetics, and overall activity level. Unfortunately for Google, theirs is the most popular one.

  • Joey Payne