Posts tagged with: Google Maps
  • by | March 12, 2014 7:54 PM

    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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  • by | February 5, 2014 7:57 PM

    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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  • by | September 25, 2013 7:03 AM

    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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  • by | August 20, 2013 11:39 AM

    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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  • by | August 15, 2013 3:55 PM

    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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  • by | August 9, 2013 9:00 PM

    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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  • by | August 8, 2013 7:05 PM

    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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  • by | July 22, 2013 7:30 AM

    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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  • by | July 16, 2013 7:08 AM

    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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  • by | May 22, 2013 6:45 PM

    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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  • by | April 15, 2013 11:03 AM

    I was driving from Canada to Boston several months back, about halfway back from the BlackBerry 10 unveiling in Toronto, when an unfriendly darkness crept up over the horizon ahead. Talking to my father on the phone, I mentioned that I was somewhere in eastern New York State, and he asked if I was driving into any weather; apparently he'd seen mention on TV of a storm in the region. My eyes flashed to my other phone, the BlackBerry Z10 review unit I'd just picked up, which was propped up on the dashboard with its GPS navigation app directing me back home. The display showed nothing ...

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  • by | March 7, 2013 7:51 PM

    Apple Maps in iOS 6 got off to just about the roughest start imaginable, and though Apple has committed itself to ongoing work to improve upon Maps, the launch of a stand-alone Google Maps for iOS no doubt stole away whole swaths of users. Apple's had a lot of time since its Maps first launch, so has it really managed to get better. In some situations, it just might be the map to beat, at least according to a recent informal test conducted by John C. Dvorak. The challenge pitched Dvorak against two other drivers, using Google Maps, Apple Maps, and Waze to navigate around the Bay Area while ...

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  • by | March 5, 2013 12:16 PM

    Last year, following the much maligned launch of iOS 6 and the new Google-less Maps, Google came to the rescue of Apple users and released a stand-alone version of Google Maps. Today, that app gets its first update, bringing the build up to 1.1 and introducing some improved search functionality, availability in new nations, and integration with your Contacts. Now when you search for the name of someone stored in your Google Contacts, Google Maps will offer to help locate their address. As for local search, this release introduces icons for places of interest you can tap to quickly bring up ...

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  • by | February 21, 2013 4:23 PM

    All the way back in 2009, Google first brought navigation to Google Maps for Android, but as useful as it can be, there are still some navigation features that you'll only find from its paid app competition. Some recently uncovered evidence in a new Maps update hints at plans to bring at least one of those to Google's free alternative, adding in support for lane-based guidance. Beyond just general turn guidance like Google provides, some of those paid apps also offer detailed break-downs on which specific lane or lanes you need to be in – if the highway is about to split, you'll want to ...

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  • by | December 20, 2012 2:30 PM

    On the eve of the Mayan Apocalypse, three men gather to talk strategy, survival ... and smartphones. This week on the Pocketnow Weekly, we discuss what device we'd like at our side for the end of the world, before going for a quick dip in the nostalgia pool with a chat about running new Android software on old devices. After that, we knock around some Samsung Galaxy-family speculation, then dive headlong into a rundown of the merits and drawbacks of the new Samsung ATIV S, before touching on the tablet-smartphone interaction issue. Finally, we wrap it all up with some tablet speculation ...

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