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All posts tagged "maps"

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Google Maps Celebrates 50 Billion KM with a New Look

Posted by Craig Horlacher in "Android Software" @ 10:00 AM

"So far, Navigation on Google Maps for Android has provided 50 billion kilometers of turn-by-turn directions...In today’s release of Google Maps 6.5 for Android we’ve redesigned the Navigation home screen in Android 4.0+ to make it easier to enter a new destination or select from recent and favorite locations by swiping left or right."

The latest version of Google Maps makes some interface changes and can now take advantage of all the qHD (540x960) and HD (720x1280) displays out there on new high end phones. They specifically mention Galaxy Nexus, Galaxy S II (which should not be in the list since it has a very unimpressive resolution of 480x800), and Droid Razr. I guess the interface changes only apply to devices with Ice Cream Sandwich but the high resolution support works on Gingerbread too. I'm actually surprised they had to do anything special to take advantage of high resolution displays since they switched to using vector based rendering a number of versions ago - at least I thought. Anyway, I'm glad they did the right thing now!

Anyone out there with a Galaxy Nexus have any comment on the interface changes? Did anyone with a qHD or HD device try out the maps with the new version and care to comment on any improvement?

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Google Maps Gets Updated

Posted by Jon Westfall in "Android Software" @ 03:30 PM

"Download the latest release of Google Maps, and never carry a paper map again."

Google Maps has been updated with some nice battery life improvements, improvements to transit navigation, and more! A nice little CES-week gift I suppose, however what I'd really like to see are some heavy duty G+ updates!

Tags: google, maps

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Google Maps: Not Just for Outside Anymore!

Posted by Craig Horlacher in "Android Software" @ 11:00 AM

"Google Maps also displays additional details, such as places, landmarks and geographical features, to give you context about what’s nearby. And now, Google Maps for Android enables you to figure out where you are and see where you might want to go when you’re indoors."

Have you ever been at a huge airport trying to figure out where you were in the airport and where you needed to get to? I have. Now Google maps may be able to help! The screen shots above are of the Mall of America in Google Maps before and then after the "indoor" update. Google will be adding more but for now you'll find indoor maps of some large malls and airports around the world in Google Maps 6 for Android.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Google Updates Maps

Posted by Jon Westfall in "Android Software" @ 04:00 AM

"The latest Google Maps update is now available in the Android Market for download."

Another day, another map update - this one with some interesting new features for those who live in NYC, San Francisco, Paris, Zurich, and London. Available in the Marketplace, as usual!

Tags: maps

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Google Maps 5.8 Released with Improved "Places" Features

Posted by Craig Horlacher in "Android Software" @ 10:00 AM

"When deciding on a place to go, people often want to know what a place looks like in addition to seeing ratings and reviews. You can now contribute photos to help others get a sense of places. You can now attach your photos to Places, and yours may even become the profile picture for that page."

Google has added a number of social features to Maps. As mentioned above it will now let you add your own photo of a place. New descriptive terms will also show up when you search for a place. You can add places if the one you're looking for doesn't exist. So now you can check in anywhere - even when the place isn't listed. Make sure you check the source for all the details but there is a lot here - especially for people who love to explore and try new destinations! Google Maps 5.8 for Android is compatible with Android 2.1 and newer. Have you been playing with any of the new features? Let us know what you think!

Monday, May 23, 2011

Web Version of Google Maps for iOS and Android Now Available

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad)" @ 02:00 AM

"Google wrapped up on Friday with a long-requested version of Google Maps for smartphones. Both Android and iOS users can both track their individual location with the usual Google Maps layers, such as satellite maps and traffic, as well as get directions. Place pages have their own optimizations and tie in properly with the map."

This was released Friday and works anywhere Google Maps exists. On top of that, the one big advantage is the continual updating you get from web versions over apps, which require updates from either Apple or Google. Sign-on to Google and you get access to all your favorite locations, saved maps and landmarks.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

New Google Maps 5.3: Now With Location History And Check-ins For Homebodies

Posted by Jason Lee in "Android Software" @ 03:00 PM

"Today, we're happy to announce Google Maps 5.3 for Android, which lets you see your Google Location History dashboard, check in at "home," and add your own aspects for places when rating them."

Google just keeps the cool features coming. The latest update to Google Maps for Android adds the ability to view your location history much like on the "Dashboard" view you get on your desktop. Another super welcome feature is the ability to check-in at home. Something I've personally missed. I can do it on Facebook... but I don't like Facebook. :) They've also added the ability for you to add custom fields to your reviews when rating places on.. well.. Places. Not sure I'll use this last option much but it's nice to have if say some place has really awesome salsa and I want to let everyone know. If you haven't already fire up the Market and get your update!

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Google Navigation Adds Traffic Data into Routing Decisions

Posted by Jon Westfall in "Android News" @ 05:00 AM

"Ever been stuck in traffic, only to find out you’d have been better off going a bit out of your way to take a less congested route? If you’re like me, you probably hear the traffic report telling you what you already know: traffic is bad on the road you’re currently on, and you should have taken another. It doesn’t need to be this way, and we want to help. So we’re happy to announce that Google Maps Navigation (Beta) will now automatically route you around traffic. With more than 35 million miles driven by Navigation users every day, this should add up to quite a bit of time saved!"

Well, here's one of those things that makes you go "Hmm.... why didn't they do that before?!?". The traffic data plus routing could give Google's free product a real advantage over services that require payment for this sort of thing. Of course if you're in the middle of nowhere, you probably won't get the traffic data. Of course you probably don't have a data connection... or traffic in the first place!

Friday, March 4, 2011

Google Maps Gets More Social

Posted by Kevin Jackson in "Android Software" @ 06:00 AM

"You can now also invite Latitude friends to check in at Hotpot locales by sending them a request directly from the app. In other words, if you don't feel like actually texting or calling somebody to ask them to meet you at Starbucks, you can just check in there with Latitude and have the app start nagging them for you."

I'll admit that I haven't gotten into Latitude or Hotpot (a.k.a. Places) much, so this update doesn't add much new for me, but it seems like it could be a cool new feature for some. Is this something that you see yourself using?

Tags: google, social, maps

Friday, February 18, 2011

Map It With MapQuest

Posted by Karey Westfall in "Android Software" @ 09:00 AM

MapQuest has developed a version of it's popular navigation tool for Android with turn by turn directions and voice capabilities. The voice search and voice guided directions make this navigation app hands free. Plus, it has places of interest buttons conveniently located at the bottom of the screen for quick look up of gas stations, restaurants, shopping and more. Perfect for finding a nearby gas station to thwart those mid-trip munchies!

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Google Does Check-ins with Latitude and Maps

Posted by Craig Horlacher in "Android Software" @ 08:00 AM

"You can still use Latitude to automatically update and share your location, but check-ins let you add context to the location—like captions to a photo. For example, I live in San Francisco but often travel around the world. Until today, sharing my location let friends and family know if I was across the globe or in their neighborhood. Now, check-ins let them see the cool restaurant I’m trying in Taipei or join me for a latte at the cafe nearby."

It looks like Foursquare has some competition. Now you can check in to places with Latitude. It even supports automatic check-ins if you want to enable that feature and it will check-out automatically as well. You'll need to update to Maps 5.1.0 first. I'm trying to update Google Maps now and the download stops before it really starts. Are you a Foursquare user? If so how does this compare? If you use Latitude will you use the new check-in features?

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Google Maps 5.0: See It Now In 3D!

Posted by Jason Lee in "Android Software" @ 03:00 PM

"I'm excited to announce Google Maps 5.0 for Android, with two significant new features: 3D interaction and offline reliability.

We launched Google Maps for mobile a little more than five years ago. Since then, we've added dozens of features, and we've grown from a few thousand to more than 100 million users. Still, a couple of things have remained the same: a flat, north-up map and the need for a strong Internet connection. Today, we're changing that for the first time."

Google Maps for Android just got really freakin cool. (Not that it wasn't cool enough already.) Version 5.0 brings quite the list of exciting features to the table. The biggest change in my mind is the switch to vector based graphics, think PDF vs. JPG. While Maps still uses tiles of map data each tile now contains the information required to render any zoom level of that location. Which means once you've cached that section of the map you will not have to download any more data regardless of zoom level. Previously each zoom level had it's own static image that you needed to download when you zoomed in or out. According to Google this has reduced the size of the map data by 100 times. Which leads us to possibly the best new feature of all, offline rerouting and better offline reliability. With the massive reduction in map data size Google is now able to cache much more data very quickly. They are still in the early stages of rolling this out behind the scene but soon you will be able to setup your route and go without having to worry if you will loose data connection along the way and get lost. A few of the other great features include support for those cool 3D buildings we see on the full web version as well as tilting and rotating of the map using either gestures or the compass. So, what are you waiting for? Go get it NOW!

Tags: google, maps, offline, 3d, 5.0

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Google Voice & Maps Updated

Posted by David Tucker in "Android Software" @ 10:15 AM

Last week, Google updated their Voice and Maps apps. The update to Google Voice brought a nice new widget that allows you to view your messages. It displays both text messages and voice mails, giving a preview of the message right on the home screen. The update also added a settings widget that gives you fast access to all of your settings and also displays your balance.

Google Maps brought out quite a few changes as well. A big addition was walking directions. I'm constantly using Maps when I'm in a new city so I expect that the walking directions will prove very valuable. They've also added a Street View smart navigation feature which allows you to quickly jump to the street view of your destination. The search bar has also seen some improvements and is now always available at the top of the Maps application.

If you haven't updated them yet, hit the Market to get them. To see all of the details you can visit the Google Mobile blog.

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