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7 new Google Maps features you’ll wish you knew about all along

7 new Google Maps features you’ll wish you knew about all along

By on January 20, 2016 at 10:12 AM.

Do you remember what life was like before Google Maps? Do you remember how much planning it took to drive somewhere you had never driven before? You had to plan your trip meticulously using a site like Mapquest and then print out the step-by-step directions and maps once you were done. Then, inevitably, all that hard work flew out the window when you hit traffic or major construction and had no idea how to work your way around it.

Those were dark days indeed, but now we have fantastic free products like Google Maps to take the sting out of road travel. But as great as Google Maps is and as often as you use it, how well do you really know the more recent feature additions Google has added to its popular mapping service? In this article, we’ll make sure that you’re taking full advantage of the best new features Google has added to Google Maps in recent history. More →

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Google Maps Driving Mode

Google Maps will predict your destination before you even ask for directions

By on January 13, 2016 at 7:30 AM.

Google Maps will predict your destination before you even ask for directions

Arguably one of the best products Google made, Google Maps is only getting better with each update. And Google plans to make it even smarter in the near future. A new update for Android brings over one such clever feature, a Driving Mode that will try to predict where you want to drive to next before you ask for any directions. More →

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Google Maps iOS Update Gas Prices Business Hours

What can’t Google Maps do at this point?

By on December 14, 2015 at 12:24 PM.

What can’t Google Maps do at this point?

Google Maps is no longer just about helping you get to where you need to go, and with the latest update to the app for iOS, it will help you save both time and money. Google Maps version 4.13.0, which is now available to download from the iTunes App Store, has added two important new features: Lists of gas prices at nearby gas stations and hours of operation for nearby businesses. More →

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Apple Maps Vs. Google Maps

Apple Maps now 3x more popular than Google Maps among iOS users

By on December 9, 2015 at 11:30 PM.

Apple Maps now 3x more popular than Google Maps among iOS users

The original launch of Apple Maps was far from a rousing success. Though Apple may have initially been hoping to give Google a run for its money, the first iteration of Apple Maps was famously plagued by bugs and laughably inaccurate mapping directions. Compounding matters was that Apple Maps’ feature set at the time didn’t even include transit directions, thus relegating it to more of a curiosity or second-option than a legit contender to Google’s throne.

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Google Maps Holiday Traveling Tips

Traveling this Christmas? Remember these essential Google Maps tricks

By on December 4, 2015 at 5:05 PM.

Traveling this Christmas? Remember these essential Google Maps tricks

Regardless of whether you’re going home this Christmas or whether you’re planning an exotic getaway, the Google Maps app shouldn’t be missing from your iPhone or Android smartphone. The app is now even more useful than ever, as Google added various handy features over the past few months. More →

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Street View App

Fascinating website lets you experience the world (with sound) through Google Street View

By on November 17, 2015 at 2:02 PM.

Fascinating website lets you experience the world (with sound) through Google Street View

People always find fun, creative and useful things to do with Google’s open source tools, and this latest project can be filed under all three of those categories. Some people have the time and the money to travel the world and see everything they want to see, but the rest of us have to pick and choose our destinations carefully. You might never make it to Machu Picchu or the Great Barrier Reef, but now you can experience the next best thing thanks to a great new website called Jumper. More →

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Google Maps Android iPhone Offline Navigation

How to use the new offline navigation feature in Google Maps

By on November 10, 2015 at 8:00 PM.

How to use the new offline navigation feature in Google Maps

Google promised at its Google I/O developer event a few months ago that Google Maps would finally receive the offline navigation mode many users had been seeking for years, and the company is finally ready to roll it out on Android devices. More →

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Google Maps Update

New update to Google Maps and Search is just what you need this season

By on November 9, 2015 at 4:04 PM.

New update to Google Maps and Search is just what you need this season

If you stick to BGR this holiday season, you can take care of all of your holiday shopping without ever having to leave your house, and you’ll still save a ton of money in the process. Some people will still want to brave the crowds and chaos to see what kinds of deals they can get in stores though, and we won’t hold it against you if that’s the case.

Of course, there are important tools at your disposal if that’s the case, and perhaps none is better than our Black Friday 2015 hub. There are some other things that supplement our hub though, and the latest comes courtesy of Google. More →

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Google Maps iOS Update Spoken Driving Directions

Google Maps iOS update gives you real-time spoken traffic alerts

By on November 5, 2015 at 9:00 PM.

Google Maps iOS update gives you real-time spoken traffic alerts

Google Maps just keeps getting better and better. The latest update of the app for iOS adds a terrific new trick in the form of real-time spoken traffic alerts that will let you know about traffic jams and accidents as you’re driving. This feature will pop up automatically whenever you’re using the Navigation feature to give you spoken turn-by-turn directions. More →

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Google Maps Directions

Google Maps web app gets new UI: Say hello to Material Design

By on October 12, 2015 at 8:35 AM.

Google Maps web app gets new UI: Say hello to Material Design

Material Design is one of the cornerstones of Google’s Android when it comes to overall design and user interface elements, and the company hasn’t been shy about wanting to use the same design principles for mobile and web apps. Google has slowly updated its mobile apps to Material Design surrounding Lollipop’s launch last year, and the company is moving forward with similar plans for the web. The overhauled design has now finally reached one of Google’s most prized possessions, the web version of Google Maps, which now mirrors the Android and iOS interface. More →

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Google Maps Android 9.15 Update Download

Google Maps for Android update is out with a new traffic feature – download it right now

By on October 1, 2015 at 7:45 AM.

Google Maps for Android update is out with a new traffic feature – download it right now

Google does a tremendous job updating its maps and navigation software for smartphones, frequently releasing new versions of Google Maps that bring over several interesting tricks meant to make traveling an enjoyable experience. The company quietly released a new Google Maps update for Android, bringing the app to version 9.15, which can be downloaded right away. More →

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Google Maps Update

Google Maps for iPhone was just updated – here are the 4 key changes

By on September 15, 2015 at 9:20 AM.

Google Maps for iPhone was just updated – here are the 4 key changes

With hundreds of millions of users all over the world, Google Maps is easily one of the most widely used mobile apps on the planet. As the company did with Gmail, Google completely changed an industry by disrupting it with free mapping and voice-guided navigation. And we’re not talking “disrupt” as in the meaningless startup buzzword. We’re talking “disrupt” as in Google changed the game and toppled industry leaders in the process.

But as expected, Google isn’t satisfied with simply changing the game. Instead, the company continues to improve Google Maps while rivals chase at its heels. And on Tuesday, Google released another new update for the iPhone and iPad version of its popular Google Maps app. More →

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