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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...
Google released Google Maps 6.0 for Android. The latest version of Maps now has the ability to help you navigate inside of buildings. With the launch, Google has partnered with some of the largest retailers, airports and transit stations in the U.S. and Japan to provide maps. As Google says, this is just the start: The company is planning to add new indoor maps for public places throughout the world. Other new features with Google Maps 6.0 for Android include a drop-down menu to help you jump from one feature to another within the application and a new Places home screen that now includes popular... Read more...
With all due respect to meteorologists, the weather makes for a boring topic and the only time it should be discussed is when planning a trip or organizing an outside event. With that in mind, it only seems logical that Google would integrate a weather layer onto Google Maps, and that's exactly what the sultan of search has done. The weather layer shows current temperatures and conditions all over the planet, so unless the forecasts suddenly changes, you'll know if you're heading into a snowstorm on your cross-country trip. You access the weather layer by hovering over the widget in the upper right... Read more...
If you've used Google Maps and used the time estimates it gives to help you figure out how long it will take you to get someplace, you might have found that feature useful. Half of the information has been removed, however: the esimate that Google Maps used to give for "in traffic" situations. Search Engine Roundtable was among the first to notice the change. Or rather, they appear to be the first site to have noticed it, as users noticed the change, and asked Google what was up. Google's response: We have decided that our information systems behind this feature were not as good as they could be.... Read more...
One reason to stick with Android, particularly for avid travelers, has been Google Maps Navigation. It's a built-in turn-by-turn navigation system that comes free with Android, and isn't available on iOS. But Google may be shooting themselves in the foot somewhat here. The company recently reported that 40% of all Maps usage is on mobile devices -- not surprising given that people really need to know how to get from place to place while on-the-move. And now, they've upgraded their Maps for Mobile service by making it even more robust in mere mobile browsers. Browsers that work on both Android and... Read more...
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