Posts Tagged ‘Maps’

Well, we’re not entirely convinced that many people will care about this as such, but given Nokia’s apparently combative stance on the subject, we thought it would be worth sharing. The more we think about it, the more puzzled we get.

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Google may be all set to bet the bank on Google Glass, but all the rumors suggest that Apple is set to come up with its own wearable technology, but not of the spectacled variety. If all the analysts are right, then Apple is set to announce a watch based on iOS. If they’re really right, then it’ll be an iWatch.

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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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In two rather surprising moves, Google today changed the way users will interact with two of its post popular services; YouTube and Maps. One has received an all-new mode for people to use, whilst the other is going the way of Google Reader.

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Jaws definitely dropped when Apple launched the first iOS 6 beta with no Google Maps support, but we have moved on since then through the Mapgate scandal and now we have the official launch of Google Maps for iOS through the App Store, that comes with a reported admission from within Google that this latest launch for Apple devices provides a better experience than its Android based counterpart.

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If you pulled together all iPhone, iPad and iPod touch users running iOS 6 and polled their collective opinions on the new Maps app that replaced Google’s offering, then it is likely that the negative comments would far outweigh the positive ones. If you asked the same users to give some constructive feedback on the Maps app, then it’s unlikely that extremely harsh comments would show up in that poll, but that is exactly how the the Victoria Police Department in Australia have described the software to residents of the local area.

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Apple’s iOS 6 may have enjoyed record levels of adoption in its first couple of months in existence, but one area of the new mobile software sticks in everybody’s mind – that dreadful Maps app. Tim Cook apologized for it, iOS SVP Scott Forstall was ousted due (in part) to its shortcomings, and other mapping apps have benefitted greatly as a result. But whilst Cook assures us that his company is doing everything they can to rectify the issue, we perhaps underestimated just how dedicated the Cupertino are to have the best mapping app around. Rather than fix the inaccurate street names and landmark locations within the app, staff have been spotted attempting to change the world’s geographical traits to fall in line with iOS Maps!

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After months of rumor and speculation, the iPhone 5 finally hit the retail market at the end of September, but while the device itself launched without so much as a hiccup (save those well-documented yield and production issues), its accompanying firmware was not so fortunate. iOS 6 had also generated a fair amount of coverage during the course of the year, and although Apple’s decision to press ahead with its own in-house Maps offering in place of the old faithful Google iteration was initially seen as brave, the move quickly emerged as a strong candidate for tech fail of the year.

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iOS users have been tripping over themselves to pour scorn on Apple’s lackluster Maps offering, and even though Tim Cook released a public apology for the disastrous native app, consumers are still waiting to see most of the promised improvements bear fruit. Many have pined for Google to bring a app that at least gives the same functionality as the pre-iOS 6 version of iOS Maps to iOS 6, and although that may seem a simple enough concept, Google has been dragging its heels somewhat. Now though, it has emerged that a native Google Maps app could reach the App Store by the end of the year, and as the Wall Street Journal reports, the Mountain View-based search giant is applying the finishing touches before submitting.

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Users of iOS 6 will be more than aware by now that Google’s powerful Maps app is no longer part of Apple’s plans, with the latest iteration of the company’s mobile operating system shipping with their own mapping solution in place of it. It doesn’t really matter what your personal opinions are on the subject and whether you love or hate the Apple’s very own Maps app, the fact remains that competition always breeds innovation and having an official Google Maps app on the App Store can only be a good thing for iOS users.

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Apple’s Maps app, which, in case you hadn’t already heard, was released two weeks ago along with iOS 6, has quite a great deal wrong with it, and one of the key concerns of consumers is its lack of accuracy. Those accustomed to Google Maps may have been able to excuse many of Apple Maps’ other flaws and imperfections, but a mapping application strewn with error and falling short on delivering pinpoint results serves as little use to man or beast.

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Apple’s very own Maps app which comes as a part of iOS 6 has been under fire for quite a while, but the decision to build their own vector-based mapping system definitely has some distinct advantages for iOS users. By using vector graphics to form the map imagery, Apple is able to hold a fairly large area of territory in memory that can be extremely beneficial to those using turn-by-turn navigation in areas where cellular connectivity is poor.

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