Posts Tagged ‘Google Maps’

Google Maps is widely regarded as the authority in its field, even compared with the navigational prowess of TomTom, Garmin and the like. When the iOS 6 fiasco went down with Apple Maps, for for example, scores of ardent Apple fans were only too relieved to see the search giant’s famed utility re-enter as a third-party App Store app. Today, said app has been treated to a healthy update for both iOS and Android, and you can catch the full details and download info right after the break!

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Whichever way you look at it, Google Street View is a staggering example of modern technology and the world in which we live in. The Maps and Street View team at Google have accumulated photos and imagery of over six million miles’ worth of road around the world, all of which is pretty much immediately accessible online through mobile or desktop browsers and native apps. That level of achievement deserves to be applauded but it seems Google isn’t stopping there. In an effort to allow users to “time travel” the company is enhancing the Street View service by adding all of its archived footage to allow time lapse experiences at specific locations.

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Apple may have gotten its act together in improving the general performance of its home-baked Maps app, but well over a year on from the disastrous launch of Cupertino’s first navigation app for iOS, many users still swear by the third-party Google offering that used to take pride of place as a native feature. Despite the obvious limitation of being developed as an App Store entity, Google Maps remains the real deal, and if you were wondering how to go about saving map segments and routes for offline use, here’s a little step-by-step guide on how you can achieve your goals.

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Google Street View is an invaluable resource in certain situations. If you’re dashing out to meet a client, or visiting the new home of a friend or family member then Street View is fantastic for getting a real-world look of the address that you’re heading to before actually setting off. Even if you’re just the inquisitive type who is sitting in the comfort of your own home looking eagerly at streets in your local area then you can easily lose countless hours to the wonder that is Street View. If you’re bored of looking at terraced streets or local parks then maybe you should cast your eyes over the internals of the HMS Ocelot, which is now fully documented thanks to the power of Google Street View.

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Flying on Emirates Airlines, compared with most other aviation companies, is a pretty expensive gig, to say the least. Indeed, if you fancy flying on an Emirates A380, you could be looking at a ticket price of for up to $20,000 for First Class, and naturally, not everybody has that kind of cash just to throw around. Still, if you’ve wondered what it’s like to mosey on through one of these monstrous planes, Google Street View has you covered, for now you can get up close and personal with the 610,000 lb beast and take a tour of the entire plane, including First, Business and Economy Class, as if it were a long luxurious road.

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It was just a few days back when Google Maps 7.0 APK for Android was released, and the same day, the Big G also promised that the iPad version of their famed Maps offering was on its way. Having stayed true to their word, version 2.0 of Google Maps for iOS has been released. We have all the details and the download link right after the jump.

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As we discovered just a short while ago, the Google Maps for Android app has been afforded a tidy update bringing with it a plethora of new and exciting features, but although we’re impressed with the work Google has put into this overhaul of the Android app, you may have noticed that the feature allowing you to save maps for offline use is strangely missing. Luckily, there’s a quick workaround to the issue, and in following the steps below, your shiny new Google Maps for Android will be storing maps for offline caching like there’s no tomorrow.

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Google isn’t shy when it comes to killing off its services, and having recently knocked Google Reader on the head, the company has announced via its official blog page that Google Latitude will be discontinued as of August 9th. The Big G now feels that the antiquated service has run its course, and will instead look to extend its check-in and location services on Google+. The announcement was made alongside the release of version 7 of Google Maps for Android app.

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Google not only vends the Android operating system, but also a lot of quality apps for smartphones and tablets running the said OS. Time to time, Google keeps bringing a much-anticipated and completely radical update to one of its apps that usually prove to be a game changer in most cases. This time around, the app to receive such an update is the famous Google Maps, pushing the version number to 7.0 and gradually rolling out globally for Android (iOS update still to follow).

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Google Street View is quite possibly one of the company’s best innovations to date, besides cataloguing the entire World Wide Web, that is. Being able to take a virtual walk down a very real street is something that would have seemed almost impossible not too long ago, but Google made it happen. And today, Google is stepping things up a notch.

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Google’s Maps is seen as the authority in the field of navigation, and of course, mapping, and having established a large user base already, the company is preparing to revamp the mobile arm of the service in the coming weeks and months. Following on from the new-look desktop version, Google will now be bringing the look of iOS Maps to Android, and an iPad version is also going to be hitting the App Store in the summer along with a revamp of the desktop version of Maps. More details after the break.

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Google’s Maps is by far the navigation utility of choice not only on the company’s very own Android platform, but also iOS, where millions of iPhone, iPad and iPod touch users have downloaded the search giant’s third-party offering from the App Store. Why do we all love Google Maps so much? Well, besides being one of the most accurate and feature-rich experiences in the field, it is also incredibly easy to use, and the swiping, tapping and pinching gestures make the whole process pretty seamless. Thanks to mobile device enthusiast Carl Sednaoui, we’ve got a little video demonstration of a feature many of you may have missed within Google Maps, which allows users to zoom in and out effectively using a little-known one-handed shortcut.

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