In recent days, users of GNOME and Ubuntu Gnome will have noticed how a useful desktop app has stopped working. This app is Gnome Maps. Gnome Maps has suffered a severe setback by running out of its map provider, MapQuest. This has caused the service to stop working and will remain so until the Gnome team finds an alternative or solution to the problem in question.
However the solution is not easy then there are not many services equal to MapQuest or as good as MapQuest. So already from the Gnome team is stirring the possibility that Gnome Maps is not in the next version Ubuntu 16.04.1 LTS, version that is expected to be on the street next July 21.
Yes, it is true that there are many alternative projects to MapQuest like OpenStreet Maps which are free and can be used in Gnome Maps to end this problem, however its implementation is not so easy and users need a quick fix. So the alternative of removing the app from the famous desktop is a good temporary solution to this problem.
Gnome Maps could temporarily disappear from Ubuntu
In any case it means that Gnome Maps disappears completely from the desktop, that is, it may be best that in Ubuntu 16.04.1 LTS is not but it returns for the future 16.10 or for the future 17.04, it is necessary don’t forget that Ubuntu 16.04 is an LTS version.
I personally do not use Gnome Maps, but of course users who use the app will be quite annoyed with this. Fortunately with the arrival of snaps and click packages, many users will be able to use UNAV as a temporary replacement although also you can use the Google Maps app if you are looking for an easier alternative.