Google seems to be working on a lot of small refinements to their apps lately to help make their use that much easier. A new update for Google Maps on the desktop works with the latest Google Maps update for Android devices to do that by easing the process of sharing directions you look up on the desktop to your Android device. Read more
Showing up somewhere late is bad and showing up somewhere that is closed is even worse. You could have saved yourself a trip having known the hours. Now, Google Maps will help prevent any of that from happening. Google Maps will alert you when a place you are plan to head to will be closed by the time of your arrival.
In addition to this, Google Maps added car rental reservations to search results of personal events.
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There are still downfalls when it comes to using your phone for navigation. The world is not blanketed with one giant internet connection. Some parts of the world have no access to an internet connection whatsoever. Also, navigating with a phone is heavy on data and battery life. At Google I/O 2015, an update to Maps debuted that combats those downfalls.
Android for your car has been a long-rumored concept, and now it’s finally here in all its glory at Google I/O.
Dubbed Android Auto, it isn’t a fully embedded OS for your car, but a connection between your car’s interface and your device. Each system is personalized just for you, because all you have to do is plug in and go. For more information about the platform, click here.
Be sure to check out the rest of our Google I/O 2014 coverage as well. Read more
Garmin finally decided that its $30 StreetPilot app might be a little overpriced, and has just released a new app called víago. With víago, pricing starts at $1.99 ($.99 until July 13), but you can also add additional features through in-app purchases.
Let’s start with what you get for $1.99. You will get off-board maps for many regions around the world along with lane assist, weather information, in-map traffic display, photo-realistic junction views, and the current speed (with speed limits). Premium add-ons include downloadable maps (“Maps to Go”) for when you don’t have a data connection, real-time traffic, urban navigation with public transportation, 3D terrain view, and more. In app purchases range from $4.99 to $19.99.
One of the greatest features of a modern smartphone is its ability to completely replace your GPS. There are tons of navigation apps, from Google Maps for your location searching and turn-by-turn directions, to Waze for crowd-sourced road data, to apps like Foursquare that help you find interesting places in your area. The apps are fantastic, but there’s always a risk of distracted driving (and accidents) if a user plays with the app instead of paying attention to the road. Because of those accidents, the US Transportation Department may be looking into ways to impose stricter rules on the use of those apps. Read more
At CES 2014, Garmin decided to announce its HUD+ device to make driving safer. Like the original HUD did, information is projected onto the driver’s windshield. The difference is on the software side. Before, the HUD only worked with select Garmin apps that users had to purchase from the Play Store. The HUD+, however, allows drivers to use its own companion app. The original HUD will stick around for $149 while the new HUD+ will retail for just $179. Not bad for people that want a heads-up display.
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Want comedian Kevin Hart to give you driving directions? He can with Waze. Google’s other navigation service has teamed up with Universal Pictures to allow celebrities to guide you through your travels. The reason Kevin Hart is first up is because of his upcoming film Ride Along, appropriately named, that he costars with Ice Cube. Universal Pictures is likely paying some money to have Hart and the film’s name featured in the app. To activate this feature, head over to Settings/Sound/”English – Ride Along”.
Rather than just relying on data, Waze crowdsources information from other drivers. Users share traffic and accident reports, speed limit markers, stationed police, and hazards for others to know of; therefore, you can travel accordingly.
As Google Glass gets closer and closer to a public launch, features continue to be added. Today, Google announced a big new feature – Transit. Transit for Google Glass allows users who have paired their headset to their Android phone to see public transit directions while navigating. In addition to directions, users will see other helpful information like where to change trains, how far you have to walk to the bus stop and how long it should take to reach your final destination.
Another minor feature added is the ability to tap to select links in notifications. You can find the latest Glass update in the MyGlass Explorers Community.
If you are looking for a place to lay your head down for some rest, the latest update to Google Maps that is rolling out is definitely geared toward you. The latest improvements include improved hotel search results, including “sponsored” rates and booking links. To help you get to the hotel quicker, Google has made it faster to access navigation and provides both route and traffic overview information. Sliding out the side menu will reveal a new option “Tips and Tricks” that will take you to a help page in your browser. Of course, Google includes the standard “bug fixes” as part of what is included in the update.
You can use the link below to head over to Google Play to try to grab the update if you have not already installed it.
Google Play Download Link