July 23, 2011

3D Maps Are Available for More Folks Worldwide


  While I’m not one to use Google Maps’ 3D maps feature often, I can imagine there are a good amount of you here and abroad who get a kick out of it. And some actual use, really. Google’s added new cities to the list of folks who can enjoy three dimensional map viewing.  London, Paris, Barcelona, Stockholm, Singapore, Lisbon, Boulder, and 11 major cities in South Africa are today’s recipients, and the best part is that you don’t even need to update! Just fire up Google … [Read more...]

13 New Countries Get Live Traffic Updates in Google Maps


  The folks at Google are adding traffic support for Google Maps in 13 more countries, mostly European. The list of countries: Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Germany, Ireland, Israel, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Poland, Slovakia, Spain and Switzerland. Alongside live updates, Google will estimate how traffic will look in the near future based on current traffic trends. We’re not surprised at Google chipping away at providing a great Maps experience for the whole world to … [Read more...]

Google Maps Mistake Brings Hordes of Vacationers to New Jersey Woman’s Home


  When we make a mistake here on Phandroid, it can often times be funny (poultry anyone?). But when Google makes a mistake, it could potentially ruin someone’s life. Okay, maybe “ruin” is too strong of a word but it’s definitely one huge headache for this woman in New Jersey. Laurie Gneiding lives right on the border of Round Valley Reservoir and recently her life has been made a living hell thanks in part to Google Maps wrongly listing her home as the entrance to the … [Read more...]

Google Maps Updated to v5.6.0


  A small update is now available for Google Map and while it’s nothing major, you may like the new addition. This new update changes you version number to 5.6.0 and adds a new option under the rate a restaurant which will allow you to make it as “Best ever.” On top of that restaurants awards are then added to their Places page provided they have one setup. It’s a nothing to run to the market and grab but may come in handy if you fancy yourself a food … [Read more...]

Rumor: Google Maps to Get True Offline Navigation Soon


TomTom, NDRIVE, CoPilot and Garmin have all just collectively cowered in fear as rumor has it Google is set to provide true offline navigation this summer. A player inside the Dutch telecom industry apparently reveal as much to All About Phones, a Dutch site focused on mobile. Google has already had caching in Maps for quite some time, but it wasn’t like services provided by CoPilot and NDRIVE which don’t require internet connections at all. (Meaning you could use navigation on your … [Read more...]

Google Maps Updated, v5.5.0


Upon thumbing through the Android Market you may have noticed that you had an update (or maybe a few updates if you’re like me) available. Google Maps has been updated to version v5.5.0 bringing  a few feature tweaks. For those of you that haven’t already updated you’re missing out on: What’s in this version: Check in and check out directly from place pages Change your latitude work and home addresses See the redesigned transit pages To grab the update simply … [Read more...]

Google Maps Updated for Mobile Browsers, Who Needs an App?


In striving to maintain consistency across platforms, the Google team has overhauled Maps for mobile browsers, bringing it more in sync with the experience we have come to expect from the desktop version. Pointing your mobile phone’s browser to maps.google.com and opting-in to location sharing gives you access to everything you’d expect, from searching nearby places to getting driving directions. You get layers, clickable icons, photos, you get the picture.   For Android users … [Read more...]

Google Maps Receiving Tons of 1-Star Ratings Due to Lack of Changelog in Today’s Beefy 5.3.1 Update


Well isn’t this just about the weirdest thing we’ve seen from one of Google’s market apps? They’ve apparently issued an upgrade to Google Maps which clocks in at 5.3MB. What’s more is that no changelog is included – something that Google usually doesn’t forget – and there are no noticeable changes within the app itself. Thus, market raters are damning Google’s free navigation and maps utility to a plethora of 1-star ratings until they ‘fess up. We’ll certainly be contacting … [Read more...]

Google Maps Update to 5.3 Brings Location History Dashboard, “Home” Check-Ins, and More


Another update has arrived for Google Maps on Android and location-based features are at the top of the short list of changes. Your Location History dashboard you might be familiar with if you are a Google Latitude user can now be accessed directly within Maps. Location History gives you a nice statistical view of where you are spending your time and how much time you are spending there. Speaking of where you have been, you can now check in at “home” using Google Maps. Set “home” to an … [Read more...]

Google Maps Sees 40% of Traffic from Mobile, Navigation Expected to Log 2 Billion Miles this Year

While SXSW isn’t a tech show in any traditional sense, the convergence of art, media, and technology invites a wide range of folk to attend the event in Austin, TX every year. Of course, Google was on hand and their very own Marissa Mayer offered some insight into the current state of Google Maps and where it might be headed in the future. Mayer revealed that 40 percent of Google Map’s traffic comes from mobile devices. This number shouldn’t be too surprising considering the … [Read more...]

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