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Google this week added more than 1,000 locations (1,001 to be precise) around the world to Google Maps, with destinations ranging from sports stadiums to historical landmarks and everything in between. Each new locale was also the beneficiary of Google's Street View photos, allowing you to zoom in and plot out your next adventure or simply explore the area(s) from the comfort of your home. Whether this update was planned all along or falls into the "tit-for-tat" category, Google's expansion follows a massive update by Microsoft to Bing Maps, in which 270 terabytes (the equivalent of 100,000 DVDs)... Read more...
Going skiing this winter? If so, be sure to bring Google up in the ski lift. The company has already accomplished some amazing things with Street View, but its latest achievement reaches beyond amazing and goes straight to useful. With timing that couldn't be more perfect, Google has added 38 run and lift maps for some of the most popular mountains across the US and Canada. Power up Google Maps on your Android device or iPhone, and the mountain information you need is right there. Blue, green and black runs are shown as solid colored lines and ski lifts are red dotted lines. Ski resorts in Google... Read more...
Being an investigative journalist isn't always easy. So, when a semi-illicit snapshot of a steamy dressing room scene in a French ski shop started making its way through cyberspace, we knew he had to, uh, take a closer look. For journalism, of course. And what exactly did we find upon a closer examination? We found that this particular ski shop has a sense of humor. Not only was the dressing room scene staged, but there are several funny scenes to be found as you virtually browse the store through Google Maps. Here's a look at the pic that grabbed our attention. We have no idea how far the naughty... Read more...
Fire up your Google Maps app and you'll now find that there's more detailed information for North Korea, a territory that up until now was left mostly blank. A community of citizen cartographers collaborated using Google Map Maker to fill in many of the blanks, including road names and points of interest. "We know this map is not perfect — one of the exciting things about maps is that the world is a constantly changing place," Google stated in a blog post. "We encourage people from around the world to continue helping us improve the quality of these maps for everyone with Google Map Maker.... Read more...
If you've been misguided by Apple's own mapping software in iOS, you have to be thrilled that Google Maps is back and better than ever. Certainly many are, as Google Maps notched 10 million iOS downloads in the first 48 hours following its return, an indication that iPhone users were eager to run, not walk, back to mapping software that wouldn't leave them stranded miles away from their destination. In any event, Google Maps is once again available, and to help you get started (or reacquainted) with the software, the search giant has put together a list of 10 quick tips on how to make the most... Read more...
When it comes to Apple’s much-maligned Maps, anecdotes about the app’s mapping errors are easy to find. But data makes a more compelling argument, and that’s what CrowdFlower set out to get. The results of its research led CrowdFlower to peg Google Maps as the most accurate mapper out there, with Bing taking place and Apple’s Maps taking second place. That’s in the U.S. – take Apple Maps to the U.K., and things start to get hairy. Business location accuracy results for major mapping services. Image credit: CrowdFlower CrowdFlower’s test involved... Read more...
One of the most unpopular decisions Apple ever made was to boot Google Maps from iOS as a native application and replace it with its own broken mapping software. Yes, that's up for debate, but there are also some hard numbers to back that assumption. One need only look at the rate of iOS 6 adoption before and after Google Maps returned to Apple's App Store. MoPub, a mobile ad exchange provider, examined the data from more than 12,000 iOS applications it supports. What it found was an almost 30 percent spike in unique iOS 6 users in the five days after Google Maps for iOS was released. "We observed... Read more...
Do you think Apple users may have missed Google Maps after the Cupertino company unwisely kicked the native app to the curb? You better believe it. The proof is in the numbers, and according to Google's Jeff Huber (Senior Vice President, Geo and commerce), Google Maps was downloaded more than 10 million times in 2 days after returning to iTunes. "We're excited for the positive reception of Google Maps for iPhone around the world. Congratulations to the Maps Team on the recognition for the passion and hard work they poured into it, for this release and over the last 7+ years," Huber stated in his... Read more...
Apple didn't exactly win any brownie points from iOS device owners when it kicked Google Maps to the curb in iOS 6 in favor of its own native maps application, and if you've been feeling lost without it (both literally and figuratively), hang tight, Google has your back. No, Apple didn't have a change of heart, but a version of Google Maps for iOS is one giant step closer to release. According to a report in The Wall Street Journal, Google has been distributing a test version of its new mapping app that's compatible with the iPhone. If all goes well, Google will apply a final coat of polish (if... Read more...
Google's been making an especially concerted effort lately to beef up its Google Maps software for desktop and mobile, and the latest addition entails constructing 25 million new building footprints in some of the larger cities and metropolitan areas scattered throughout the United States. These locales include Houston, Los Angeles, Chicago, Miami, and the San Francisco Bay Area. This is an ongoing effort that will see building footprints added to more locations over time. Google creates them using a special algorithm that examines aerial imagery. Computer vision techniques then use that data to... Read more...
Google's team of photography ninjas have been working overtime to add even more locales to the search giant's Street View technology in Google Maps. The result of all that hard work? Google Maps is now more robust and fleshed out than ever before, having today rolled out an update that effectively doubled the number of special photo collections and added 250,000 miles of road around the world. It's the biggest update to Google Maps since it was introduced seven years ago. Street View coverage as been increased in the U.S. and a number of places abroad, including Macau, Singapore, Sweden, Thailand,... Read more...
An Apple a day is supposed to keep the doctor away, but with the latest release of iOS -- version 6 -- Apple has managed to kick Google Maps to the curb, too. The decision to ditch Google Maps in favor of its own mapping service based on TomTom's data hasn't been particularly well received by users, some of which have complained that it oftentimes screws up the location data. Google Maps has powered the mapping service on iPhone devices from iOS version 1 through 5, but going forward, it looks as though Apple wants to do whatever it can to cut ties with Google, makers of the most popular mobile... Read more...
Google updated Google Maps for Android to version 6.5. With this update, you'll see a redesigned Navigation home screen on Android 4.0+ devices. For devices that have a high pixel density screen such as the Galaxy Nexus, Galaxy S II, Droid Razr and others, Google is now offering higher resolution map tiles which means you'll enjoy a crisper, less cluttered map while navigating. The new style is also said to help maps react more quickly to panning, zooming, and twisting. Google also added the ability to prioritize a transit mode and route option in Google Maps 6.5 for Android. Crossing the 50 billion... Read more...
Google recently launched a new project known as Google Public Alerts. With this project, you'll be able to see relevant weather, public safety, and earthquake alerts directly from Google Maps. Since the information will be from the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the National Weather Service, and the US Geological Survey, you'll know it's reliable. When searching for weather-related information in a particular area, you'll see alerts that correspond to your search. You can then click more info to find out additional details about the alert. Public Alerts now on Google Maps 1/25/2012... Read more...
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