GMaps Inverted Zoom Blues? Worry Not
Updates and upgrades to existing, well established code are always a good thing—that is, until they are not. Every so often, someone having gone through literally thousands of lines of code will have the bright idea (after an excruciating 27-hour work day) to start changing things around without any rhyme or reason. Ladies and gentlemen, I give you Google Maps.
Undoubtedly, Google has invested a large amount of cash, engineering, and resources into the general betterment of their mapping solution—efforts which have been, for the most part, successful. (Does anyone even remember Mapquest?) However, there are times when an unnecessary change is implemented, and it is up to others to fix said unwarranted issues. In this particular case, we’re talking about the nonsensical inverting of the “zoom in” and “zoom out” gestures in the mobile version of Google Maps. Well, thanks to the seemingly endless possibilities available to Android developers, most of which are possible nowadays because of root and Xposed, there is a solution.
The problem started a few months ago when Google pushed an update to the Android version of Google Maps, which inverted the zooming activities for no apparent reason. In other words, the double tap and swipe zoom gesture was arbitrarily turned into its exact opposite. XDA Forum Member bgreco was fed up with having to remember which way to zoom in and out (particularly as the desktop version of maps retained the original actions), so he decided to investigate a tad and ended up creating a simple, yet very effective Xposed module. The module catches the intent when sliding your finger across the screen, and instructs the device to put out the opposing instruction—simple, effective, and elegant.