Google has retired the standalone Google+ Local app for iOS. 9to5Mac first reported on an email that Google sent around (which has since made its way to other publications) that it would be retired as of August 7th, though the app appears to have already been pulled from the App Store.
In the email, Google says:
The good news is that all features of the Google+ Local app are now available in Google Maps for Mobile on iOS devices:
- Search by categories of places, like “restaurants” or “coffee shops”
- Read place information, including written reviews, average price, address and Street View (where available)
- See what people in your Google+ circles have to say about their favorite places around the world
- Rate and review places you’ve been to
- Share places, locations and businesses you find
Google says that after August 7th, you’ll no longer be able to access the Google+ Local app through your iOS device.
Google launched the new Google Maps app for iOS last week, shortly after it launched on Android. Clearly, Google would just rather have people using Google Maps, which probably makes things a lot simpler in the long run, though some like to have these kinds of standalone apps for specific features.