Google pulled the compass tool from Google Maps on Android for a little while, and now it’s back, but never similarly disappeared from iOS…
Google inexplicably removed the compass widget from Google Maps‘ Android app some time ago. However, it remained present during this absence on the iOS version. Now, it’s back on Android. Google says the reason for its return was due to “overwhelming support,” from users. Basically, Google pulled the tool from Maps on Android and enough people complained to get Big G to reverse its decision.
Google Brings the Google Maps Compass Widget Back to Android
Anyone missing the feature can download or update to version 10.62 of Maps for Android. Plus, it retains its familiar functionality, allowing users to choose between always pointing North and always pointing upward. When Google first removed the feature back in early 2019, the company said it did so to “clean up the navigation screen.” But, it remained a function on iOS the entire time. Google writes on a support page:
“We’re excited to announce the return of the compass on Maps for Android. The compass was removed from Maps for Android in early 2019 in an effort to clean up the Navigation screen but due to overwhelming support it’s back!”