The GPS Maps service reportedly stopped working for several hours in some major cities in the United States.
Tens of thousands of users of Google services reported outages to the benchmark site DownDetector.com on Monday evening, notably concerning the search engine but also Maps, its mapping application. “User reports indicate that there are problems on Google Maps since 9:36 p.m.“, tweeted the website in the night from Monday to Tuesday.
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In the United States, more than 40,000 people reported to DownDetector that Google was not working for them at 9:20 p.m., including in major cities like New York and Denver, Colorado. This figure fell significantly in the two hours that followed, but reports continued to arrive, in fewer numbers, for Google Cloud (remote computing) and Google Calendar, in particular. On Twitter, some users of the dominant search engine posted screenshots of error messages, mentioning a server problem.
“We are aware of a software update issue that occurred late this afternoon Pacific Time that briefly affected the availability of Google Search and Maps, and we apologize for the inconvenience.“Said a spokesperson for Google, contacted by AFP. “We worked quickly to resolve the issue and our services are back online.“, he added.