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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Google Maps gets new Explore feature to help you find points of interest nearby

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In addition to getting new ad extensions, Google Maps is getting a brand new Explore feature that’s going to make finding new locations and points of interest even easier.

Tapping the new Explore button at the bottom of Google Maps opens up a pane that displays different kinds of places to visit in your general location. After confirming your location, you can specify how close you’d like recommendations to be (within 10 minutes walking distance or 20 minutes driving distance, for example) and what time of day you’re interested in going, and Google populates the results based on that information. This keeps the feature from suggesting you head to a breakfast spot at 8 at night, or from recommending driving locations when you’re out and about on foot for the day.
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Google Maps now show ad extensions in search results

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Not too long ago, Google Search started returning results for eligible ads whenever you searched things like hotels or restaurants. These results quickly show you nearby and relevant locations, which is great if you’re trying to find somewhere to eat or go and need to see what’s in the area. Starting today, those ad extensions are also going to start showing up in Google Maps, too.

Whenever you search for any type of location, the results you see in Maps will show ads for businesses or places if applicable. Searching for a restaurant will show places to eat near you, and you’ll be able to quickly tap one and get directions to it. The implementation isn’t intrusive, so it’s a very welcome addition to make navigating and finding places much more convenient.

source: Google Plus

New and improved ‘Explore Nearby feature’ coming to Google Maps

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Google recently updated the Maps app last week with new features, but it looks like a handful of people are getting one additional feature. It’s a new and improved “Explore Nearby.”

Everybody already has the current version of Explore Nearby, which will give you ideas for different types of establishments. This newer version gets its own button at the bottom right, and it’s more powerful. It has more groups along with points of interest. You can even select the time of day to get better suggestions such as a bar for later at night.

We aren’t sure when this will land on an official update, but we are thinking sooner rather than later.

source: Android Police

Latest Maps update allows you to take tour of London in 3D

london3dIn Google’s latest update for Maps users of both the mapping app and Google Earth will be able to take a 3D tour of London. In the 3D map you’ll be able to take a virtual tour of the Thames, and other landmarks from the city. London is just one of five cities that appears in 3D in Maps. Others include Birmingham, Leeds, Reading and Stoke on Trent. Of course, the 3D aspect isn’t just exclusive to the tourist portions of the English City and 3D imagery has extended to cover the entire city.

So if you’re in an exploring mood, head here to get started. Of course it should be noted that a decent Internet connection is a must.

source: Engadget

Google creates Smarty Pins, a cool trivia game involving Maps

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That’s not Smarty Pants, it’s Smarty Pins because it involves Google Maps. It’s a trivia game created by Google that isn’t as simple as just knowing the answer. Each question will be about a particular location, and you will have to move the pin to the right location within Google Maps.

The game features six categories: Featured Topics, Arts & Culture, Science & Geography, Sports & Games, Entertainment, and History & Current Events. You will find various topics within each of these categories.


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