Despite progress on the Google Maps preview proceeding very slowly in terms of adding back in features that were present in Classic Maps, Google continues to work on other fronts to make their new maps framework something to be experienced. Their latest addition was announced today and continues their effort to capitalize on Photo Spheres and their ability to mimic the Street View. In fact, Google says you can now build your own Street View by stringing together several Photo Spheres in the Views community and then sharing the result on Google Maps. » Read the rest
If you haven’t already opted in to the new Google Maps, you might want to now. Along with so many great new features and an updated UI, you can now easily embed a map with easy access to the HTML snippet.
Click on the gear icon on the bottom right and then go to “embed map.” Once the map is embedded, users can sign into the maps to see their own relevant content such as saved places— they can also save a place from your own embedded map so they can see it later on on their device. Usage limits are non-existent as well.
Source: Google Geo Developers
When Apple maps on iOS originally came out, it was somewhat of a laughing stock among tech geeks around the world. It had a lot of bugs and errors, and seemed to be a failed attempt at launching something that could be as good as Google Maps. Despite this, Google Maps has lost a whopping 23 million users to iOS since Apple Maps was first released, almost a quarter of the 81 million user that it used to have.
A year after Apple maps was originally launched, it now has a total of 35 million users. It is important to note that Google still has more users with a total of 58.7 million users across both Android and Google Maps for iOS. Around 6 million of those users are using it from the Google Maps app for iOS.
Maps data is extremely important for both Apple and Google. It helps both companies monitor information like traffic jams, and it also helps Google provide location based advertising, which is an extremely important source of income for Google.
After buying up Waze, Google announced they would use the acquisition to improve Google Maps. It hasn’t taken long and we’re already seeing some new features popping up in Maps to make the navigation experience much better. Starting today, Google Maps users will be able to see real-time reported traffic incidents from Waze users, which includes traffic accidents, construction, and a handful of other nuisances. Waze users aren’t being left out of the fun, either, as they’ll get access to Google Search within the Waze app to give users even more results when searching for something, and a new Google Street View feature added to the Waze map editor.
Hopefully this will be the first of many improvements we’ll see across both apps. Anybody going to get a chance to use these apps while travelling today?
source: Google Blog
Today Google announced a new community site called Views, which allows people to publicly share photo spheres to Google Maps. Users just need to sign into the VIews site using their Google+ profile. They can then import their existing photo spheres from their Google+ photos or Gallery. The photo spheres will then be part of Google Maps for those particular locations.
Furthermore, each user will have their own Views page where all of their shared photo spheres will be found. Views also incorporates the Street View Gallery so you will be able to see panoramas of the most popular Street View collections. Just click on “Explore” at the top of the Views site to browse a map of these special collections right alongside shared photo spheres.
Although the new Google Maps update has been nothing short of a Godsend,
many some of you have complained about not being able to make your maps offline… despite Google actually leaving an indirect method to save maps and stuff. Fortunately, the Google Maps team (through its Google+ page) went ahead and listened to you all and implemented a simple “Make this map area available offline” card below the search box for easier access. Oh and Google quietly implemented a ”Where’s Latitude?” as well for those of you who still want an explanation for why Google decided to chuck deuces to its Latitude service.
So yes friends, Google does listen and care about its minions. Huzzah!
Along with the new Google Maps app comes the loss of another app. They announced today that Google Latitude is being retired by the company effective August 9. You’ll no longer be able to share your location via Latitude, and your friends list will be deleted. To prepare, the new Google Maps app of course does not have Latitude as a feature.
Considering you can share your location on Google+’s Android app, Latitude began to seem a little unnecessary. Location sharing is integrated into every social network these days, so an app solely for location sharing is no longer needed.
Source: Google Support
Since the new Google Maps began to roll out last night, the first major complaint has been the loss of support for cached maps. Have no fear, Google has you covered. Apparently, there’s an easter egg that the developers built in to the new version of the app that allows you to cache portions of maps for later use. All you need to do is follow the steps below:
- Zoom in on the map to view to the region you want to cache
- Tap the search bar
- Type “Okay maps” or “OK maps”
- Tap the search button
And there you go, that portion of the map is cached for offline use! It’s surprising that this wasn’t built in to the app via a “Make available offline” button like the previous version, but it’s a relief the feature hasn’t disappeared completely.
The Google Maps design refresh, which was first unveiled at Google I/O, is finally making its way to Android tablets and smartphones. The update features a clean, card-based UI that is very similar to both the web version and the iOS version. From the screenshots, it looks very polished and streamlined. New features include enhanced traffic navigation, reviews from Zagat, and “Explore,” which allows you to discover new places by tapping the search button.
The update is using the staged-rollout option, so it might be a while until you receive it. You can try your luck through the download link after the break.
We told you about Map Diving last week. It’s a skydiving simulator created by Instrument, a Portland tech startup. We finally got to see it action at Google I/O, and yours truly even gave it a shot. They created this simulator using Google Maps and it’s pretty darn cool. Don’t worry, everyone will get a chance to try it out because it will land on Chrome Experiments soon. When that happens, you won’t use your body, but you will be able to use your tablet’s accelerometer to control the skydiver that’s on your desktop. Hit the break for the video and to find out why I never took up skydiving.