Lightroom: What is the future of the Map module? (Google Earth API retirement)

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I use a piece of flight planning software which has Google Earth embedded in it, in a similar way that Lightroom's Map module does. The vendor of this software has just told all users that it will cease to function on 12th December 2015 because "Google will stop supporting Google Earth" [I suppose they mean the Google Earth API], and "since [our] software is based on the Google Earth API, we will also discontinue support [for our software]". As you might imagine, existing users are just a little unhappy, but that's a story for another forum elsewhere.

Lightroom's Map module is also (presumably) based on the Google Earth API, which makes me wonder what the future is for that Module. Does Adobe have a special arrangement with Google that allows it to keep on supporting Lightroom's interface to GE, or are there plans to switch to some other mapping solution in the future?
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Ian Jones

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Posted 3 years ago

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Tom Mickow

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I'm sure others can answer this more authoritatively than me, but you may be mixing Earth & Maps.

You are correct that the Google Earth API is being retired in December, but I believe LR uses Google Maps & its APIs, which are still going strong.
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Ian Jones

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Tom, I could well be mixing up Earth and Maps, it wouldn't be the first time :) . If LR uses the Maps API then all is well. Thanks for your reply.
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Tom is correct. Lightroom does NOT use the Google Earth API. Lightroom licensed to use the Google Maps API, which is the same one used in by Google Maps in the browser.
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Thanks for clarifying that Simon.