To everyone else in the world the places you visit daily- your home, work, favorite store -may just be blips on the map, but to you these are landmarks of your life. Google Maps has realized this and you will now be able to make your maps a little more personal. Starting today you will be able to label any location with your own personal name, and for your work and home addresses, you will be able to apply some cool custom stickers to the map.
Because not all of us experienced the Lewis & Clark Expedition, mobile devices are a huge help in navigating the world. Phones and tablets have made it extremely easy for us to get from Point A to Point B without actually being familiar with our surroundings. A service like Google Maps, which has hundreds of millions of users, is able to provide so many details based on your needs. Google Maps can explain the estimated travel time, show turn-by-turn directions, and offer local places to drop by and try. Despite all of its beauty, a missing internet connection or even a poor one can ruin the entire experience. That won’t be a problem, though, if you’re downloading an area in Google Maps for offline use. Google understood there may be times when you just can’t get a connection for maintaining navigation, so the company built offline functionality into Google Maps.
Allow me to show you how to save areas for offline use in Google Maps.
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.
Nokia has introduced a new standout feature of its HERE Maps app on Android that should appeal to anyone who likes to take trips with their friends and family. Now if you’re using HERE Maps you’ll be able to quickly share your route with someone through text message, email, or any other app that supports Android’s share menu. That can also be pretty useful for giving directions to someone without having to type out a list of twist and turns in a Facebook message. Read more
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.