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All posts tagged "google maps"


Tuesday, June 14, 2011

GoogleGoogle Says ByeBye To TomTom

Posted by Jason Lee in "Android Software" @ 10:00 AM

http://phandroid.com/2011/06/08/rum...avigation-soon/

"TomTom, NDRIVE, CoPilot and Garmin have all just collectively cowered in fear as rumor has it Google is set to provide true offline navigation this summer. A player inside the Dutch telecom industry apparently reveal as much to All About Phones, a Dutch site focused on mobile."

I've not used stand-alone GPS software since I got my Nexus One. 99% of the places I travel have wireless service so I haven't really needed off-line maps. I have to say though, the ability to use Google Maps for navigation while off the grid will be awesome! No clue if this will just be some massive caching or if there will be an option to download all of Google's map data to your SD card. Either way I am excited. The route caching added in the last big update was wonderful for those trips that always manage to have a dead section of road or two but fill blown off-line map access will be wonderful. Alas, poor TomTom. I knew him well.


Tuesday, April 5, 2011

New Google Maps 5.3: Now With Location History And Check-ins For Homebodies

Posted by Jason Lee in "Android Software" @ 03:00 PM

http://googlemobile.blogspot.com/20...hboard-and.html

"Today, we're happy to announce Google Maps 5.3 for Android, which lets you see your Google Location History dashboard, check in at "home," and add your own aspects for places when rating them."

Google just keeps the cool features coming. The latest update to Google Maps for Android adds the ability to view your location history much like on the "Dashboard" view you get on your desktop. Another super welcome feature is the ability to check-in at home. Something I've personally missed. I can do it on Facebook... but I don't like Facebook. :) They've also added the ability for you to add custom fields to your reviews when rating places on.. well.. Places. Not sure I'll use this last option much but it's nice to have if say some place has really awesome salsa and I want to let everyone know. If you haven't already fire up the Market and get your update!


Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Google Maps 5.0 Update Delivers New Features

Posted by Karey Westfall in "Android Software" @ 09:00 AM

http://www.engadget.com/2010/12/06/...ap-drawing-and/

"Why look at static images when you can get a more 3D view of the urban scene? Google's Maps for Mobile 5 just got previewed..."

Google Maps 5.0 for Android is updating with some cool new features such as 3D buildings and offline caching. Plus, it will load faster! No date has been specified for the update, but it should be out soon!


Sunday, October 31, 2010

Google Maps Hits Version 4.6: Updated Reviews, Search Filtering, And Real-Time Stalking

Posted by Jason Lee in "Android Software" @ 11:30 AM

http://googlemobile.blogspot.com/20...id-updated.html

"Lately, we've been working on giving you even better ways to find nearby places with Google Maps for Android, such as the Places icon and rich Place pages. Today, we are launching Google Maps 4.6 with a new design for Place page reviews, more options to filter search results, and a Google Latitude real-time updating option."

This latest update to Google Maps brings some very nice features to the Places portion of the program. Search results can now be filtered down in several ways. You can choose to restrict the distance away from your location, rating level, or even if the joint is open now. All very nice features when you are out and about in strange lands looking for a bite to eat.

The feature I am most excited about it the experimental real-time updating option in Latitude. This feature allows you to select one of your Latitude friends and enable "real-time" location poling for the next 15, 30, or 60 minutes. It turns their map marker orange and gives you darn near instant location updates. Well, much faster than the 5-20 minute updates you normally get. This is a great feature if you were actually trying to meet up with said person. Unfortunately it requires both users to have Google Maps 4.6 and Android 2.2+ so you may be limited on who you can use it with at the moment. Still a very nice feature.


Saturday, September 4, 2010

Get your motor runnin, take your Android on the highway.

Posted by Jason Lee in "Android Articles, Resources & Developer" @ 09:00 AM

http://lifehacker.com/5626711/the-b...ps-for-your-car

"Having an Android along for your daily commute or occasional car trips can make the ride a lot easier, safer, and simply more fun. Here are our favorite Android apps to have on hand when it's time to hit the road."

If you're a car buff like me, you love to drive. As it turns out I also love Android! So why not put the two together? On any trip I take you'll find my trusty Nexus One stuck to the windshield (on the inside, unlike the bugs). In a recent article the guys at Lifehacker went over their favorite Android programs to have along for the ride. What apps do you consider "must-haves" for your little green co-pilot? Hit the discuss link below and let us know, I could always use more software on my phone.


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