When 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.
In a series of announcements via Google+, the Google Drive development team has announced several enhancements to the service to make it easier to use and more powerful whether being tapped on the desktop or from a mobile device.
If you’re travelling in Europe this holiday season, you may be glad to hear that Google Maps recently received an update that now offers voice-guided lane navigation for highways located in Germany, France, Italy, Spain, the UK and Ireland.
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
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.
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.
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.
Google Maps has the whole “traveling without actually being there” thing pretty much down.
But in outer space? They have that now, too.
Just head over to Google Maps and you’ll be able to rove both the Moon and Mars with brand new, 3D explorable maps. To find out how to get started, just hit the break.
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.
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