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Introducing new badges on Google Maps

Google Moderator

Update: Badges are coming soon for everyone, but we’re experiencing a delay on Google Maps for Android. Stay tuned for more info in the coming weeks.

 

Do you love taking photos? How about reviewing the places you visit? Maybe you’re into exploring new areas, or adding details about places to help others get around.

 

Local Guides share their knowledge in many ways. That’s why, starting today, we’re introducing badges to recognize different kinds of top contributors on Google Maps.

 

Caption: Screenshot of four new badges in Google Maps: Expert Photographer, Expert Reviewer, Novice Fact Finder, Novice Trailblazer.Caption: Screenshot of four new badges in Google Maps: Expert Photographer, Expert Reviewer, Novice Fact Finder, Novice Trailblazer.

Here are the four new badges you can earn right now:

 

Reviewer

You’ll earn this badge by writing detailed reviews that help people decide where to go.

 

Photographer

This badge is for sharing photos of places, so others can see the world on Google Maps.

 

Trailblazer

Here’s the badge for exploring. Earn it by being the first to add, review, or take a photo of a place.

 

Fact Finder

Earn this badge by checking facts, making edits, and answering simple questions about places to help people find the right information on Google Maps.

 

By sharing more, you can get upgrades for each one. For example, a Novice Photographer can become an Expert Photographer, and then reach legendary status as a Master Photographer. Your past contributions will be factored in too, so some of you may have already reached that status!

 

This feature is rolling out over the next few weeks. To see if it’s on your device right now, go to “Your contributions” on Google Maps for Android or iOS. There, you’ll see your progress toward each badge. Tap each one to see how to earn the more advanced version of your new badge.

 

275 Comments
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Level 7

Hi, three days ago, (28 Sept. 2017) new badge information and statistics started to be shown on my account of google map app., which are Expert Trailblazer, Photographer, Reviewer, and Fact finder with the required rating for those badges. One day later I have lost that badges and went back to the original account page??? Any one know how can I get them back. Thank you

Level 10

@G77Abood I have seen other reports of that here on Local Guides Connect, but have not seen it on either of my Android Devices, nor on the web interface.

 

It is possible that it is a feature in development, and was inadvertently turned on for some users before it was ready (or more than likely an update to the Maps application was pushed out with the new badges). Realizing that it was "live", they may have turned it back off (or if it was an update, they just pulled the update, and only a select few devices that got the update in that short time see it, but once the application updates again they are gone). 

Level 7

Thank you, MW Jones. Yes, it thing it was a temporary update. However , it provided an overview about my contribution to Google maps. Thus, it would be better to be continued. Thanks 

Level 7

@G77Abood@MWJones,

 

Here is a news article that briefly addresses new features that might be added in a future release of the Maps app(s).  It is not saying that the features will be added, nor does it say when.

 

Android Police, Sept 28, 2017, "Google Maps v9.63 beta gets ready to launch new commuting features, ...

Level 7

Thank you for the link

Level 9

Hi Everyone I was just out there using my Google maps as usually and I saw that a recent updates has been made to the Google Maps. You can check yours too. Now badges reflect across the Google Maps application that reflects the way in which we contribute to the Local Guides Program ranging from Reviews, Photos, Edits e.t.c. You can share your Achievement/Badges directly from the app itself now. I have earned a lot of them and one I would like to share is this, have a look at it belowIMG_20171010_111536.jpg

 

Screenshot_2017-10-10-12-11-50.png

 IMG_20171010_123625.jpg

 

 

 

You can check yours to see this updates. This looks awesome, the application is more interactive than before. I love this new updates.!!!

Level 9

Thanks Samson! Noticed this on the latest available APK, we suspected that something new was coming!

Level 7

Hello @HelloSamsonR,

Awesome!! This will make Local Guides more motivated in contributing to the community. This update is really good.

Best,

Avinash

Level 10

@LucioV it is on iOS or Android or both?

Level 8

@HelloSamsonR it is really a nice update in Google Maps. 

Thanks for the news and information. 

Level 10

@AkmalB I couldn't see updates,  it is on iOS or Android or both? please respond.

@HelloSamsonR

@avinashvijay


AkmalB wrote:

@HelloSamsonR it is really a nice update in Google Maps. 

Thanks for the news and information. 


 

Level 7

@HelloSamsonR This looks interesting But has not reached Australia yet I've checked both Android and IOS I look forward to seeing it soon 

Level 9

LucioV wrote:

Thanks Samson! Noticed this on the latest available APK, we suspected that something new was coming!


Yes @LucioV you were right, I noticed that too. I knew they got something cooking up!!!

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ProfArunCM wrote:

@LucioV it is on iOS or Android or both?


I don't know, still not rolled out in my country.

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Level 9

avinashvijay wrote:

Hello @HelloSamsonR,

Awesome!! This will make Local Guides more motivated in contributing to the community. This update is really good.

Best,

Avinash


You are right @avinashvijay it would make Local Guides more interactive with the Google Maps. The updates is a very brilliant initiative 

Level 10

Thanks for quick reply @LucioV

Level 7

Hello @ProfArunCM,

Yes, I too have not received the update in India. Maybe we are yet to receive them.

Best,
Avinash.

Level 9

ProfArunCM wrote:

@LucioV it is on iOS or Android or both?


@ProfArunCM It is available on both phones!!

Level 7

@ProfArunCM thanks for your reply


ProfArunCM wrote:

Thanks for quick reply @LucioV


 

Level 10

Not yet here in New Delhi, India @HelloSamsonR

Level 7

@HelloSamsonR are talking about android and IOS?


HelloSamsonR wrote:

ProfArunCM wrote:

@LucioV it is on iOS or Android or both?


@ProfArunCM It is available on both phones!!


 

Level 9

AkmalB wrote:

@HelloSamsonR it is really a nice update in Google Maps. 

Thanks for the news and information. 


@AkmalB You are welcome bro. Anything for the Family. I just can't do without pressing or using the Google Maps in a day. That's how I see this updates.😊

Level 9

DavidTito wrote:

@HelloSamsonR This looks interesting But has not reached Australia yet I've checked both Android and IOS I look forward to seeing it soon 


Hi @DavidTito Yes the updates are still rolling in am sure it will arrive for the Aussies soon 😊

Level 7

Congrat Master Reviewer @HelloSamsonR

And Congratulations for all of us 🎉😁🎉😁🎉😁🎉😁🎉😁🎉😁🎉😁

Wow @HelloSamsonR

What a fantastic achievement! A well deserved honour! A great accomplishment! I am so so happy for you! A sensational accomplishment to be recognised by Google as a Master Reviewer. You are very talented, this show your excellence in what you do! Congratulations my friend! This is total awesomeness! Superb! Shine on champion! Cheers! Hooray hooray hooray! 

Well done! 

Best wishes

@Justine

 


HelloSamsonR wrote:

Hi Everyone I was just out there using my Google maps as usually and I saw that a recent updates has been made to the Google Maps. You can check yours too. Now badges reflect across the Google Maps application that reflects the way in which we contribute to the Local Guides Program ranging from Reviews, Photos, Edits e.t.c. You can share your Achievement/Badges directly from the app itself now. I have earned a lot of them and one I would like to share is this, have a look at it belowIMG_20171010_111536.jpg

 

You can check yours to see this updates. This looks awesome, the application is more interactive than before. I love this new updates.!!!


 

Level 7

@HelloSamsonR yeah usually takes about 2 or 3 days

Level 9

OSAMA wrote:

Congrat Master Reviewer @HelloSamsonR

And Congratulations for all of us 🎉😁🎉😁🎉😁🎉😁🎉😁🎉😁🎉😁


@OSAMA Thank you bro Lol. Very soon the updates will arrive for you too. Congratulations in advance 😊

Level 9

Justine wrote:

Wow @HelloSamsonR

What a fantastic achievement! A well deserved honour! A great accomplishment! I am so so happy for you! A sensational accomplishment to be recognised by Google as a Master Reviewer. You are very talented, this show your excellence in what you do! Congratulations my friend! This is total awesomeness! Superb! Shine on champion! Cheers! Hooray hooray hooray! 

Well done! 

Best wishes

@Justine

 


HelloSamsonR wrote:

Hi Everyone I was just out there using my Google maps as usually and I saw that a recent updates has been made to the Google Maps. You can check yours too. Now badges reflect across the Google Maps application that reflects the way in which we contribute to the Local Guides Program ranging from Reviews, Photos, Edits e.t.c. You can share your Achievement/Badges directly from the app itself now. I have earned a lot of them and one I would like to share is this, have a look at it belowIMG_20171010_111536.jpg

 

You can check yours to see this updates. This looks awesome, the application is more interactive than before. I love this new updates.!!!


 


@Justine Your words are too kind. Thanks a bunch. Congratulations to you too in advance to yours as well. Can't wait to see all the badges you will earn too :).

Level 10

Any additional info on update features will be welcomed by LGs those who yet to receive new updated version.

@Justine @HelloSamsonR @DavidTito @OSAMA @avinashvijay


Justine wrote:

Wow @HelloSamsonR

What a fantastic achievement! A well deserved honour! A great accomplishment! I am so so happy for you! A sensational accomplishment to be recognised by Google as a Master Reviewer. You are very talented, this show your excellence in what you do! Congratulations my friend! This is total awesomeness! Superb! Shine on champion! Cheers! Hooray hooray hooray! 

Well done! 

Best wishes

@Justine

 


HelloSamsonR wrote:

Hi Everyone I was just out there using my Google maps as usually and I saw that a recent updates has been made to the Google Maps. You can check yours too. Now badges reflect across the Google Maps application that reflects the way in which we contribute to the Local Guides Program ranging from Reviews, Photos, Edits e.t.c. You can share your Achievement/Badges directly from the app itself now. I have earned a lot of them and one I would like to share is this, have a look at it belowIMG_20171010_111536.jpg

 

You can check yours to see this updates. This looks awesome, the application is more interactive than before. I love this new updates.!!!


 


 

Level 7

@HelloSamsonR master Review is awesome does that makes


HelloSamsonR wrote:

OSAMA wrote:

Congrat Master Reviewer @HelloSamsonR

And Congratulations for all of us 🎉😁🎉😁🎉😁🎉😁🎉😁🎉😁🎉😁


@OSAMA Thank you bro Lol. Very soon the updates will arrive for you too. Congratulations in advance 😊



you master faster lol @OSAMA

Level 9

ProfArunCM wrote:

Not yet here in New Delhi, India @HelloSamsonR


Hi @ProfArunCM Stay tuned for the updates I believe its a gradual process.

Level 10

Yes, @HelloSamsonR, agreed. Best wishes.

Level 9

DavidTito wrote:

@HelloSamsonR yeah usually takes about 2 or 3 days


@DavidTito You know you guys are really ahead of us all. I guess you are right with this.

Level 8

Yes @ProfArunCM its available on both ios and Android phones. 

Hopefully it will available in India soon.

Level 7

Hello @ProfArunCM,

Previously, the videos we have been uploading to Maps were only visible on a mobile phone. Now, the video is also visible to anyone accessing Maps on a PC/Mac.

Best,
Avinash

Level 9

@AkmalB Have you seen this updates too in your Google Maps application?

Level 7

@HelloSamsonR  this is  a worldwide concept they will install it when it approved


HelloSamsonR wrote:

DavidTito wrote:

@HelloSamsonR yeah usually takes about 2 or 3 days


@DavidTito You know you guys are really ahead of us all. I guess you are right with this.



 I guess 

Level 7

Hello @AkmalB,

Looking forward to the update for Maps.

Best,
Avinash

Level 10

Thanks Dear @avinashvijay

Level 10

Thanks @AkmalB

Level 9

 

IMG_20171010_111536.jpg

 

Screenshot_2017-10-10-12-11-50.png

 

@ProfArunCM@avinashvijay@DavidTito@AkmalB@Justine@OSAMA @LucioV I have updated it again. Just have a glimpse to see how the badges reflects.


 

Level 7

@HelloSamsonR can you PM my new Badge for me I am bleeding here lolz


HelloSamsonR wrote:

 

IMG_20171010_111536.jpg

 

Screenshot_2017-10-10-12-11-50.png

 

@ProfArunCM@avinashvijay@DavidTito@AkmalB@Justine@OSAMA @LucioV I have updated it again. Just have a glimpse to see how the badges reflects.


 



 

@DavidTito

David, there is no delay or waiting with Google. With Android it all happens in Sync! 

As soon as it is released it is released to everybody! Turn your phone off and on again may be your problem, a glitch on IOS!! lol lol  Or just more like you clear your cache will fix it as Google works awesome on both!

Congratulations for getting to level 8 David.  

For sure it is updated like all Google Map releases,  total awesomeness happening for everyone all at once! 

Enjoy! 

Congratulations again to @HelloSamsonR for his sensational achievement!

Shine on! 

Looking forward to all the terrific updates from all our friends, the fabulous Local Guides in wonderful San Francisco!

Cheers! 

@Justine

Level 9

@DavidTito 😂😂😂😂. Bro please don't bleed. I could pm you all the badges and how they look. Certainly you would get the updates soon.

Level 7

@HelloSamsonR im joking 


HelloSamsonR wrote:

@DavidTito 😂😂😂😂. Bro please don't bleed. I could pm you all the badges and how they look. Certainly you would get the updates soon.


 

Level 7

HelloSamsonR wrote:

 

IMG_20171010_111536.jpg

 

Screenshot_2017-10-10-12-11-50.png

 

@ProfArunCM@avinashvijay@DavidTito@AkmalB@Justine@OSAMA @LucioV I have updated it again. Just have a glimpse to see how the badges reflects.


 


Hello @HelloSamsonR,
Can't wait to receive the update and see what my stats are. I am sure it will be the same to @ProfArunCM@AkmalB, & other who are yet to receive the updates.
I will surely share my stats in the same thread here.
Best,
Avinash

Level 7

@Justine I've  tried that that's not remotely  possible 


Justine wrote:

@DavidTito

David, there is no delay or waiting with Google. With Android it all happens in Sync! 

As soon as it is released it is released to everybody! Turn your phone off and on again may be your problem, a glitch on IOS!! lol lol  Or just more like you clear your cache will fix it as Google works awesome on both!

Congratulations for getting to level 8 David.  

For sure it is updated like all Google Map releases,  total awesomeness happening for everyone all at once! 

Enjoy! 

Congratulations again to @HelloSamsonR for his sensational achievement!

Shine on! 

Looking forward to all the terrific updates from all our friends, the fabulous Local Guides in wonderful San Francisco!

Cheers! 

@Justine


 

Level 10

true @HelloSamsonR, I am far behind from all you LG Friends, I ams till learning.

@DavidTito

@Justine

@avinashvijay

@AkmalB