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Google Maps api usage limits,prices soared 14 times

 Google Maps released the New Deal on May 2, 2018:

Announced the establishment of a new Google Maps platform, starting from June 11, 2018 to adjust the mode and price of the map interface service.
* Merchants who require Google Maps to be signed require a valid application key and a Google Cloud Computing Platform billing account.

Here’s what is happening:

  • The 18 individual APIs Google Maps currently offers are being consolidated into three broad segments – Maps, Routes, and Places. But, you wouldn’t need to make any changes in your existing code; it will work just fine.
  • The Standard (no access to customer support) and Premium plans are being merged into one pay-as-you-go pricing plan. And the new fee structure is not pretty. Google is raising its prices by more than 1,400%. Obviously, no direct comparison figures of old and new prices have been provided by Google, but that’s the average surge that is being reported by developers.
  • All projects will need valid API keys, as Google has insisted before as well. Beginning June 11, keyless access will no longer be supported. Keyless calls to the Maps JavaScript API and Street View API will return low-resolution maps watermarked with “for development purposes only.”
  • You can no longer use the APIs in the first place unless you create a billing account and hand-over your credit card information to Google. This is applicable to all users – even those who have a simple map embedded on their website’s contact page.
  • You will get the first $200 of monthly usage for free. And that should be enough to cover the majority of users who have a simple map embedded on their website as mentioned above. But, for those who use Dynamic Maps, $200 will take care of only 28,000 free page loads per month. Why the emphasis on per month? Because right now, users get 25,000 free page loads per day. Let that sink in.
  • As every dark cloud must have a silver lining, customer support is now going to be free for all.
  • Google is protecting Android app developers from these changes by not charging for Mobile Native Static Maps and Mobile Native Dynamic Maps.

We have always known that the search engine giant had its eyes set on making Maps its next billion dollar business, but when Sundar Pichai shared thoughts on how the company plans to get there, he neglected to mention it would be looking to capitalize on its near monopoly in the market. For a geospatial platform as ubiquitous as Google, these changes are pretty draconian in nature and have the potential of stripping off thousands of location-based small businesses of their key functionality.

According to analysts at the Taber Institute, Google’s sharp price increase on the map service interface is mainly aimed at the enterprise market. It is primarily targeted at three broad categories of industries, including online car, gaming and asset tracking (real-time positioning of vehicles, assets and equipment).

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Pricing for our core products is pay as you go and you only pay for what you use. You also get a recurring $200 credit on your billing account each month to offset your usage costs, and you can set usage limits to protect against unexpected cost increases. For more information on pricing changes by API, browse theGuide for Existing Users and the guide to understanding billing. You can also understand your current API usage in the Google Cloud Platform console, and estimate your monthly bill with the pricing calculator.


    0—100,000 100,001-500,000 500,001+
Mobile Native Static Maps Unlimited loads $0.00 $0.00 CONTACT SALES

for volume discounts.

Mobile Native Dynamic Maps Unlimited loads $0.00 $0.00
Embed Unlimited loads $0.00 $0.00
Embed Advanced Up to 14,000 loads $14.00 $11.20
Static Maps Up to 100,000 loads $2.00 $1.60
Dynamic Maps Up to 28,000 loads $7.00 $5.60
Static Street View Up to 28,000 panos $7.00 $5.60
Dynamic Street View Up to 14,000 panos $14.00 $11.20

Rates in the pricing charts above are based on your monthly usage, determined at the end of each month. For simplicity, prices listed are per 1,000 calls; note that on your bill, you incur a charge for each call, not for each 1,000 calls. For each billing account, a monthly $200 USD Google Maps Platform credit is available and automatically applied to the qualifying SKUs. Additional currencies may be available within the console. When you select a different currency, rates will convert from the USD equivalent listed here.
Definitions: Load (map load): See here. Pano (panorama): See here.