New Google Maps app starting to seed on Google Play

Google’s transitioning certain features away from Maps, and as such check-ins and Latitude support are absent in the new version (the company’s blog post says it’ll be retired altogether from Aug. 9). “My Maps” support is also absent for the moment, as is offline map caching, at least as officially — you can still cache areas of the map by typing “OK Maps” in the search box, in a sort of Easter egg.

Why Google, what did offline map caching do to offend you? Latitude I can live without, but the ability to save and access maps offline is still very useful to me and I’m sure to many of you out there too.