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The latest new Google Maps feature might seem annoying, but it’s actually terrific

By on July 23, 2014 at 9:45 AM.

The latest new Google Maps feature might seem annoying, but it’s actually terrific

Advertisements can certainly be annoying, but they’re not always a bad thing. Problems arise most often when ads are intrusive or irrelevant, and when they do more to pester us than inform us. In the case of Google Maps, ads can actually be quite helpful in many scenarios, and Google just announced a few changes for the ads it serves in its Google Maps mobile app that might actually enhance users’ experiences. More →

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Google Maps Explore Nearby

Google is testing an awesome new Google Maps feature we can’t wait to get our hands on

By on July 21, 2014 at 10:21 AM.

Google is testing an awesome new Google Maps feature we can’t wait to get our hands on

Google Maps is an amazing tool that has quite literally changed our lives. Even the shortest trips to unknown locations used to be a production that involved searches and routing on Mapquest (or, heaven forbid, on an actual paper map) and then carrying printouts of one’s path to consult while driving. Now, we type a quick search in Google Maps on our phones and go.

Of course, Google is hardly one to rest on its laurels despite having released a product that has had such an impact. The company is constantly adding nifty new features to Maps, and now it’s working on one we cannot wait to get our hands on. More →

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Google Maps v8.2 for Android Update

Google Maps for Android just got some awesome new features

By on July 18, 2014 at 9:51 AM.

Google Maps for Android just got some awesome new features

Google Maps for Android is getting a new update, Android Police reports, which will bring users some interesting features for their favorite maps applications. Google Maps v8.2 for Android will support conversational voice actions in navigation mode – users will be able to ask things like “how long until destination,” “what’s my next turn” or tell Google to “show traffic,” – although they’ll have to make sure they hit the proper phrasing precisely, in order to actually be able to trigger an appropriate response from Google Maps. More →

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Maps Apps Scenic Route

The coolest new maps feature we’ve seen in a long time isn’t from Google or Apple

By on July 16, 2014 at 1:14 PM.

The coolest new maps feature we’ve seen in a long time isn’t from Google or Apple

The purpose of maps applications such as Google Maps or Apple Maps is to help users quickly find a point of interest and provide quick information, directions and navigating help to reach it. However, while maps apps always try to offer the quickest route to a destination, they don’t focus on also providing the most enjoyable experience possible, Wired reports. More →

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Google Maps iOS Update

New features make Google Maps on iOS an even better travel companion

By on July 14, 2014 at 4:13 PM.

New features make Google Maps on iOS an even better travel companion

For nearly two years, Apple has been dedicated to building the only mobile maps app you’ll ever need on your iOS device, but with every improvement to Google Maps, it becomes more and more difficult to convert. This past week, Google Maps was updated on iPhone and iPad to include search results with descriptions overlaid on the map, the ability to quickly switch between the map view and list view, reservations and events from Gmail labeled on the map and an improved Explore guide. Google Maps on iOS hasn’t quite caught up with its Android or desktop counterparts, but with every additional feature, Google gives iPhone owners another reason to slide that undeletable Maps app into a folder with Newsstand and Passbook.

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Google Maps Distance Measurement Feature

Awesome new Google Maps trick makes travel planning even easier

By on July 9, 2014 at 12:25 PM.

Awesome new Google Maps trick makes travel planning even easier

Google unveiled a new Google Maps trick that should further help users who often find themselves planning trips and/or outdoor activities with the help of the company’s popular mapping application: The desktop version of Google Maps now lets users measure distances between various points. More →

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How To Fix Google Maps Listing

There’s one major downside to relying so much on Google Maps

By on July 8, 2014 at 6:00 PM.

There’s one major downside to relying so much on Google Maps

There’s a reason that people prefer using Google Maps over other mapping applications: It’s just a flat-out terrific service. That said, there is one downside to having Google Maps serve as the de facto online mapping service: It’s a major target for hackers who can use it to effectively ruin small businesses. More →

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Apple Maps Vs. Google Maps

Apple comes up with another way to make sure its users never have to touch Google Maps again

By on July 8, 2014 at 12:57 PM.

Apple comes up with another way to make sure its users never have to touch Google Maps again

Apple really doesn’t like the fact that many of its own users seem to prefer using Google Maps to its own mapping service, which is why it’s figuring out new ways to make them less and less dependent on it.  More →

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Google Maps game: Smarty Pins tests geography and trivia

This awesome game breathes new life into Google Maps

By on July 7, 2014 at 8:30 AM.

This awesome game breathes new life into Google Maps

Google launched a mapping game called Smarty Pins this week that has no apparent function except to be a fun way to educate yourself about geography. Basically, the app will ask you a geography-related trivia question and you have to place a pin on the location that you think represents the answer. For example, if you’re asked to find the region of Mexico whose name is synonymous with a famous hot sauce, then you might place the pin on Tabasco, Mexico and see if you are correct.

If you are correct, you don’t lose any of the 1,000 points you start out with. If you are wrong, you lose points based on the number of miles you are from the correct location. More →

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Google Maps Update for Android Wear

Google Maps for Android is ready for Android Wear

By on June 27, 2014 at 7:45 PM.

Google Maps for Android is ready for Android Wear

Google updated its Google Maps app for Android including support for its newly launched Android Wear operating system for wearable devices, Android Police reports. That means developers and members of the press who got either the LG G Watch or the Samsung Gear Live at I/O 2014 will now be able to use Google’s popular navigation application on their new smartwatches. More →

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Google Maps Downloads 1 Billion

Google Maps becomes Google’s second 1 billion-download hit

By on June 13, 2014 at 5:45 PM.

Google Maps becomes Google’s second 1 billion-download hit

When we saw that Gmail last month became the first Android app to reach 1 billion downloads, we just knew Google Maps couldn’t be that far behind. And sure enough, Android Police points out that Google Maps has recently crossed the 1 billion download threshold, making it the second Android app in history to reach this milestone. Of course, like Gmail, Google Maps comes preinstalled on most Android phones, so it shouldn’t surprise us that it reached 1 billion downloads at around the same time as Gmail. Nonetheless, it’s an extremely impressive milestone for both apps and a reminder of just how much Google’s apps and services have been conquering the world, even among people who don’t like using Android as their primary platform.

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Top 50 Google Street View

50+ of the strangest things you will ever see on Google Street View

By on June 12, 2014 at 12:26 PM.

50+ of the strangest things you will ever see on Google Street View

Google Maps completely changed the way we travel. Planning even the shortest of trips to unfamiliar areas had been a huge hassle, but Google changed all that. Then the company took things a step further when it launched its Street View initiative, which provides users with actual imagery of the areas they search in Google Maps.

Of course, the vehicles Google uses to photograph the world’s roads also catch some peculiar things from time to time. More →

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