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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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    It's become a trope in mobile tech: write an article about Nokia, and someone will leave a comment suggesting that all the beleaguered company needs to do to return to prominence is build an Android phone. Mark my words: it'll even happen on this article, despite the contravening headline. And, fanboys being fanboys, a flame war (or at least a small brush fire) will erupt. As Emperor Palpatine might say, "it is unavoidable." You don't know the power of the (nonexistent) Nokia Android phone. While I disagree with the premise that a Nokia-Droid would save the company, I understand its ...

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