Although Google may have aspirations of being a major player in the IT infrastructure of major corporate enterprises, that does not mean parts of the company do not have time for some fun and unique projects. A team with Google Maps in their Street View group recently got to spend some time playing – make that working – on creating a Street View experience of the Miniatur Wunderland in Hamburg. Read more
Google has started rolling out an update to the Google Maps app that includes some significant changes to the Navigation portion of the app. The app on mobile devices is getting updated to version 9.19, although some of the new features appear to require Google to flip a switch on your account on the server side of things. The headliner for this latest update is a new Driving Mode that has been added to the app. Read more
Moovit, the popular local transit app, is able to display step-by-step directions in real-time with today’s update. The feature, appropriately called Live Directions, gives users information that is updated continuously so that they can be where they have to be when they have to be without waiting around or being late. Everything should be right on time.
If your partial to leaving a venue review, or two, on Google Maps, you’ll be glad to hear that the search engine giant will be rewarding you for your efforts. As part of its new Local Guides program, members can earn points whenever they write reviews, upload photos of locations, add any new places to visit and correct outdated content.
Google recently rolled out a new update to its Maps application giving users easier access to street views. With Maps version 9.13.0, Google makes it easier than ever to see what a location looks like.
Google Views was a lesser known place where people could upload their own photos or photospheres to Google Maps for all to see. Whenever you were in Google Maps and saw photos at the bottom of the screen, those were all taken from Google Views contributors. Unfortunately, that service has been officially shut down by Google.
Nokia is close to finishing an agreement to sell its maps unit to German luxury-car makers BMW AG, Mercedes-Benz parent Daimler AG and Audi AG for a deal estimated at approximately 2.5 billion euros. Read more
Google has announced that My Maps, its custom map tool, is accessible for Drive users. Custom maps can be attached to documents, forms, presentations, and spreadsheets that are housed in Google’s cloud storage service. Drive users can use the search functionality to call upon items so they never waste time sifting through files for the right custom map.
Google has added an interesting tweak to their current crop of Android apps; splash screens with the Google logo. If you’ve updated and used some of Google’s Android apps lately, you may have noticed a brief splash screen upon opening the apps. The screen is simple, displaying the app’s logo and Google’s brand logo at the bottom, but it definitely creates a slight delay when opening the app. That’s not a good thing.
Most of us want our apps to open as quickly as possible, but Google wants to give themselves and other developers a chance to push some brand recognition. They’ve even changed Android’s app developer guidelines to suggest making a brief splash screen while an app initializes, recommending a concise logo or tagline without flooding the screen with too much text. Read more
Google is getting ready to start rolling out a new update to Google Maps, bumping it up to version 9.10, that brings some minor changes to several existing features and adds information on car rental bookings. An early look at the APK reveals updates to the photo gallery view, the Your Places screen, and some tweaks to the Settings available. Read more