Yep, that's true, if you open any Positioning/Maps related app like Places, Pulse, Public transport and the likes, it leaves Maps Engine running. Saw on one of the posts that this was done on purpose by Nokia to allow users to load the apps much faster next time they open the above mentioned apps. Can't confirm this though. I use NetQin Mobile guard to stop the process since AppStop can't stop it (Weird)
I'm really uncomfortable resetting my phone with Software Updater not working on both Nokia Suite and the NSU app itself. Scared I might wipe my phone out and not be able to install the firmware again since Nokia confirmed that software update is not working for N8.
I'm more annoyed having to run the Mobile guard everytime after checking something on the maps, it's really frustrating!!!!!
Useless is a rather harsh view, I personally think the idea was good to keep the process running for faster and easier access, much like WhatsApp, the only problem is the memory consumption (Approx 1.6MB for WhatsApp vs. the killer 5+MB for Maps Engine).'
Atleast we have a temporary fix and don't have to restart our Phones to fix this.
Is this on N8 only or are there any other S^3 owners having the same problem?
Yes, unfortunately, the Maps Engine process running in the background is by design. But is it really necessary to sacrifice RAM memory and battery life just to let the maps applications start up a bit more quickly? On handsets like the N8, with only 256MB of total RAM and only a 1200 mAh battery, the drain on resources of too many background processes certainly outweighs the benefits.
Yes, Mobile Guard works well, but it is also always running in the background, even when you exit. So, in essence, we are using an additional resource-hogging app just to close another one that shouldn't be there in the first place!
I really hope that Nokia is aware of these posts and will reconsider changing this in a future maps update.