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    Google has been working hard on making users love and rely on its Maps navigation services. Surely it isn’t the only service in the world, but I’m sure that many will agree that Google’s offering is one of the most complete services out there. Mountain View continues to improve these services, and today we learn of new plans. Today we hear of a new patent that Google has filed which will allow the company to use your car’s GPS Navigation system, among other sensors to detect damaged portions of the road through the vibrations that your vehicle is exposed to. This information will ...

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    Well, you asked for it. You've got it. When we compared Google Maps to Apple Maps this week, we found that while Apple has come a long way from its early follies, further improvements can't come fast enough. This time around, we have the cartography effort from Nokia doing the rounds against Google. Both apps share a few traits: they're on iOS and Android. They both have downloadable maps for offline use. They both have some pretty extensive databases on transit. But as much as those similarities count for HERE, it has some major drawbacks to it. From testing around greater Boston, there ...

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    Google Maps for iOS is one of the the go-to solutions (together with Here Maps and other third party offerings) for many iPhone owners that are not satisfied with Apple Maps. If you are a Google Maps for iOS user, you should check your iTunes app (or the link below) for an update to your application, as it brings a couple of new things to the table. Redesigned transit directions are now available in the latest version of the app (4.8.0) which also enables real-time information regarding arrival at your destination, where available. Additionally, you now have new options for sharing a place ...

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    Nearly three years ago, Apple released its Maps app. Prior to September of 2012, Google Maps was shipped on every iPhone. But with Google beginning to amp up its own mobile platform efforts at the time, it was clear time that a break had to happen between the two tech behemoths. No competition has its players hold their hands along the way. And so came Apple Maps to much fanfare and much hilarity. Sad but true that Apple couldn't seem to recognize bridges from mountains and oceans from roadways. Since then, it's had time to make back its ground and improve upon itself. It's starting to get ...

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    For those of you who didn't already know, I just got back from an epic road-trip vacation that covered more than 2,500 miles (4,000 km), and took me through four states. What's more, the route I selected took us through some very out-of-the-way locales and far from cellular data coverage. Being the tech nerd that I am, I loaded up my smartphone with Google Maps and went about pre-loading areas for offline use. When offline ability first came to Google Maps it was a pain to use. You'd select an arbitrary area, and zoom in and out until you could save the selection to your device. These ...

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    When it comes to accessibility, convenience, and arguably even fun, cars win out over trains any day of the week. But when these vehicles meet where road crosses track, trains are going to win every single time; when you've got thousands of tons of cargo moving along with such momentum, the only thing a car can hope to do is keep a safe distance. Unfortunately, all too often a car attempts to take on a train at such a crossing, often with deadly results. In order to help keep drivers everywhere a little safer, United States Department of Transportation is working with Google to bring ...

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    Maybe you're headed to that one store on the other side of town that carries the soda you crave, or planning to pop out for a late-night bite at a restaurant down the road – in either case, Google Maps is well equipped to point you in the right direction. But even if the app can get you there, there's little worse than arriving at your destination only to find out that it's closed. Luckily, the latest update to Google Maps for Android is set up to help prevent that from happening, gaining the ability to warn you when you're not likely to reach a business or attraction before it's closed ...

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    Google Maps has already offered users access to detailed public transit information, letting them plan routes that move from train, to bus, to on foot, and back again. And with multiple options to go over at a glance, it's let you choose the route that's right for you. But as anyone who's planned a multi-legged journey can attest to, plans have a nasty habit of going awry, and all too often we find ourselves having to make last-minute adjustments. Google's rolling out some changes to Maps right now to make it easier to do just that. Beyond showing you the info for the route you choose, ...

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    Ever since the old Froyo days, Google Maps has proven to be one of the most useful tools for Android devices. As such, we’ve seen a ton of momentum in how Google updates and brings new services to its Maps application. We really weren’t expecting to see much announced today at Google I/O, but boy were we wrong. On one hand, Google has just announced that its Transit services will now support more cities, like Mexico City, in addition to other cities within India. Now the coolest announcement is that Google Maps will now bring more functionality when offline. At the moment you can only ...

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    It's just about that time of year again, when otherwise quite respectable companies try and pull one over on us with news of all sorts of fake products and services. April Fools' Day may not technically fall until tomorrow, but we're already starting to see some of the first of its pranks arrive, and Samsung's getting us going with its announcement of the Galaxy Blade Edge smartknife. It slices, it dices, it makes thousands of... apps? Capitalizing on the Edge brand it introduced for its wrap-around displays, Samsung's dreamed up a cleaver married to a smartphone screen, packed into a ...

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    We may be seeing a lull in device launches for the next several weeks, leading up to the madhouse that is sure to be MWC, but there's still plenty of mobile news to keep us busy, In addition to all the rumors and leaks that are sure to give us plenty to talk about, software releases keep right on coming, and this week Google's got new editions of Maps out for both Android and iOS users, packed with a few useful new features. Let's start with the official changelog, and at the top of the list there is the ability to filter restaurant searches based on the type of cuisine you're looking for; ...

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    Being a user of Google products outside the US can be a bit (or more than a bit) frustrating at times. When new devices and services debut, and Google's not making a concerted effort for global availability, you can almost be assured that users in the States will have access long before you do. All the way back in May, Google released an update for the Android and iOS editions of Maps that improved upon the existing turn-by-turn navigation by adding lane guidance; when cruising around on a multi-lane road, no longer was there any guesswork involved in knowing if you were in the right place ...

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    With the Nexus 9 shipping and Android 5.0 factory images hitting Google's servers, Lollipop and the Material Design look it embraces are on everyone's mind. We've already heard this week about Google releasing updated versions of key apps like Calendar and Gmail to really show off that Material Design aesthetic, and today the company keeps that trend going, sharing word of a new version of Google Maps with some new Material Design influences of its own. That means plenty of bold colors, smart contextual info cards, and a layered interface designed to feel as natural to use as possible. But ...

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    HERE Maps has sort of been the salvation for navigation for Windows Phone users, especially offline navigation. The praises of this feature are sang across the internet almost any time the service is mentioned. Many prefer Nokia’s take on mapping over the baked-in Bing Maps on Microsoft’s mobile platform and understandably so. Although Nokia’s mapping services, such as navigation or transit directions, are divided across multiple applications, it’s typically a more reliable and renowned service. HERE Maps is one of the parts of the business Nokia didn’t sell to Microsoft, so ...

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    Last night, we brought you a summary of Google's “app update Wednesday” releases, and while it didn't update every piece of software under the sun, with new versions out for half-a-dozen some apps, it sure felt like it. Today we've got one more straggler to check out, as the latest update to Maps brings back a feature that Android users have gone far too long without. Back in July 2013, Google brought Maps up to version 7, and while the release delivered fun features like a new tablet view, Zagat reviews, and an “Explore” feature to discover new business, it came up short in one ...

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    It's not even Wednesday yet, when we normally expect Google to come out with a few app updates, but today we've got an update so packed full of new features that it couldn't wait until tomorrow. Let's take a look at what's new in today's big Google Maps update for both Android and iOS: Where to begin? Well, how about with Uber? More smartphone users are taking advantage of the car service all the time, and with today's Maps update, you can compare Uber travel times with other options, like public transit or even walking. If you're more the type of Maps user to be driving yourself, you ...

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    A few hours back we were looking at the new version of Google Wallet that Google had just announced, but this being a Wednesday and all, we knew to expect word of even more Google app updates to start coming in. We've picked up on three of them by now, with new versions of Maps, Translate, and YouTube on the way out to users. Unfortunately, at least in the case of YouTube, it looks like Google might have jumped the gun. When employees of a company run not-yet-released versions of their own software in order to try and spot bugs, we call that “dogfooding.” The idea is that of “eating ...

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    Google is having a busy day when it comes to Android apps, with update after update hitting the Play Store. A little earlier we told you about the changes to Google Search, and what that meant for the Nexus 5's launcher, but that's merely the tip of the iceberg. We've also spotted updates going out for a number of additional apps, so let's take a moment to look at what's new: Maps's official changelog just mentions bugfixes, but it also delivers changes to how it presents Offers, and routing controls get some expanded options for both preferences and things to avoid. Drive sees the arrival ...

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    You love your smartphone. You keep it well-protected, charged, and within an arm's reach of you throughout the day. And why wouldn't you? In recent years it's become your conduit to the world, keeping you in touch with friends and family, helping you navigate work, and providing a break when you need to get rid of a little stress. Liking your phone as much as you do, you keep on top of all the latest updates – sure, that means the major (and minor) system updates, keeping the platform at its freshest, securest, and most feature-packed, but also updates to the dozens of apps that no doubt ...

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    As late spring started giving way to summer, we heard that social mapping service Waze was fielding offers for an acquisition, looking to offload itself to a bigger competitor. It didn't take long before Google emerged on top, and we found ourselves waiting to see what would be come of the beloved app. Google insisted that it wasn't going to shutter Waze or anything, but we still weren't sure just what effect the purchase would have on products from either company. Today we finally get to start seeing just where this all is leading, with the introduction of Waze-sourced real time traffic ...

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    A new release of Google Maps, version 7.1, has slowly begun to roll out for Android devices. While many of us are still waiting for the update to hit, it's already been torn apart and analyzed, giving us a preview of what to expect. Maybe the most interesting development is one that's not yet active; text strings in the new Maps APK describe a still in-testing 3D mode. While Maps already has simple 3D views in certain cities, it's anticipated that this mode would be more like the sort of fully-textured 3D experience we're used to from Google Earth (above) – certainly, warnings about ...

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    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about how NVIDIA's CEO has begun teasing the future of Microsoft's Surface tablets. Samsung is next as "confirmed" reports say that the Galaxy Note III will launch with Android 4.3. New leaks also talk about a possible change in manufacturer for the future Nexus 10. Then we go through some new reports that the future Nexus smartphone will be made by Motorola. We end todays' show talking the new ads that have reached Google Maps. All this and more after the break. Stories: - NVIDIA CEO teases the second-generation Surface - Samsung Galaxy Note III ...

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    You ever get that feeling when you're using Google Maps for iOS or Android that, while you're very satisfied with the app in general, you wish there were more prominent advertisements eating up map space? Worry not, for today Google announced a new way it's pushing ads through Google Maps. The ads, which Google insists are "more attractive for users," appear at the bottom of the screen when conducting searches for local businesses or attractions. Beyond just telling you about these advertisers, Maps will also be ready to spit out directions leading you right to them. You can also expand ...

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    When Google Maps for Android was originally announced, it lacked one very important feature: offline mode. On the surface this wasn't a big deal, after all, we are always connected to the cloud when we're on our smartphones, right? Unfortunately, no, we're not, especially when it comes to navigation. Driving through rolling hills in the middle of Nowheresville, USA or even through urban canyons, cellular data can be slow, or absent completely. For people depending on their smartphone's navigation suite to get them from point A to point B, they could quite literally be lost. We needed a way ...

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    I love maps. I have for as long as I can remember – won my middle school geography bee three years in a row. I'm the kind of person who has serious opinions about which map projections are optimal in specific cases, and will defend them with vigor. As such, I've been a huge fan of Google Maps. I can literally spend hours just browsing my way around the globe, soaking it all in. Sure, there have been online maps before it, but the combination of its highly functional user interface and vast quantities of high-quality data won me over straight away. So, when I heard news last week of some ...

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