Update to Google Maps Android app allows you to share directions [APK Download]

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Google Maps was updated today to version 9.3. You won’t find too many new things, but one notable is the ability to share your directions with others. Just search for a place or address, then select the type of navigation, followed by your route selection. Then hit the three dot menu at the top right, and you will see the Share Directions option.

Tapping on Share Directions will open the normal Android Share Menu, allowing you to share the complete text and Google Maps link to apps such as Gmail, Hangouts, Facebook, or whatever shows up in your Share Menu.

The update won’t hit all devices for several days so we have the APK download link, as well as the Google Play link after the break.


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Google’s Santa Tracker Adds Holiday Light Pictures From Around The World

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In a new addition to Google’s Santa Tracker Village, viewers can select the option to view Christmas light displays from around the world. Just head over to this link and search away!

This new feature will accompany other fun activities in Santa’s Village, like being able to decorate your own ornaments, translate various Christmas phrases into different languages via Google Translate, and making festive e-cards.

Source: Google

Maps’ Street View comes to a Google Cardboard near you

google_cardboard_500k_unitsWhen Google said it was getting serious about Cardboard, it meant it. The search giant has added VR functionality to Google Maps, allowing you to take Street View to the little VR set that could. A newly added easter egg in the Maps app on Android allows Cardboard owners to activate the Street View VR function. By double-tapping the navigation circle in the lower right corner of the the Maps app, the VR view pops up allowing Cardboard users to take tours of various cities.


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Imagery from Street View and Photo Spheres can be embedded into sites

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Until today, only maps could be embedded into a site from Google Maps. Doing so provides visitors of a site with way to view a map and the surrounding area without having to open Google Maps in its entirety. Imagery from Street View and Photo Spheres can now be embedded into a site. This takes what was once an outside view to a hands on experience right from the ground level. It is so unbelievably simple to just take imagery for a link to be embedded elsewhere.

Google made this feature possible with the capabilities programmed into the Google Maps Embed API.

Source: Google Geo Developers Blog

Google Play Services version 6.5 updates Maps, Drive, Wallet, and Fit [Updated with APK Download]

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An update is rolling out now to Google Play Services, bringing new features to a slew of the company’s products. Maps, Drive, Wallet, and Fit are all involved in the version 6.5 update. On top of all of this, developers are being handed more control over the APIs utilized by an app.


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Material Design rolling out to Google Maps in coming days

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Here comes another wave of Material Design from Google. This time, it is Google Maps receiving the special treatment to resemble Android’s new design guidelines. Users of both the Android and iOS versions of the application will notice the design overhaul in the coming days. While the look of the app is different, Google has made some functionality changes. Google says that Material Design adds life to Maps.

Hit the break to see what Material Design for Google Maps looks like.


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Latest Google Maps update brings better Android Wear navigation notifications

 

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Google is currently rolling out a pretty hefty update for its official Maps application. In terms of added functionality, the upgrade brings Android Wear users “improved navigation notifications” for when they’re using the service on-the-go, in addition to the usual multitude of stability improvements, speed optimisations and bug fixes.

Hit the break below for the full changelog.


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