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Google Maps Update Includes NFC Support!

  

As I looked in my market for app updates this morning, I noticed that Google Maps was listed as having the ability to reduce downloads of maps for different screen resolutions. Seemed pretty minor until I clicked “Update” and noticed that a new permission was included : “Control NFC.” As you may recall from the Ice Cream Sandwich event, the Galaxy Nexus and Beam will be able to share Google Maps information via NFC. Now your G-Maps can too – well, if you have one of the few NFC-equipped phones that is. And not until your phone gets Beam or some other NFC type of app that can utilize this permission. OK, so we got a little too excited over a simple permission. That’s what ICS will do to a person though.

Oh, they also changed the zoom in/out buttons to a more eye-friendly and minimal box layout.

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  • http://twitter.com/anhstein Anh

    People use the zoom in/out buttons?!

  • Anonymous
  • Anonymous

    tiny.cc/qcfnd

  • Anonymous

    What phone have NFC support as of this posting? Just the Galaxy Nexus?

    • Anonymous

      nexus s maybe?

  • Anonymous

    tiny.cc/qcfnd

  • Dickme

    Perhaps we can say NFC a couple more times without explaining WTF it is…

    • http://profiles.google.com/chasehammer Chase Johnson

      agreed, i was like ok sure.

  • Anonymous
  • Anonymous

    I wish more things had nfc… 

  • Guest

    who cares, no one has NFC

  • Xxx

    Quit trying to make NFC seem useful.

  • Anonymous

    Sweet, now Google will know everything about me. I hope this means when I drive up to a new Starbucks, my coffee is ready before I order. :-)

  • Kixofmyg0t

    ZOMFGBBQ!!!! NFC!!!! I NEED A GALAXY NEXUS NOW! My life isn’t complete until I have NFC!

    Now I can finally find my house! Thank you Samsung!

  • http://www.facebook.com/joseph.a.yager Joseph A. Yager

    The reduced app size is 2MBs bigger on my device after the upgrade – anyone else notice that the size is actually larger?  Probably not a big deal for most, but my Droid Eris needs all the MBs possible.

    Edit: I noticed the Market also says the size varies with device, so that might be the issue…

    • Anonymous

      its based on the devices screen size, they recently (a few months ago) started making various apk’s available for the same app, that way the developer could have a smaller sized apk for multiple devices. for example, the could have an apk for every different screen size or OS version to make it more stable and less of a size hog.  Droid Eris uses a small screen than most devices with android today, so could be why your seeing a difference in size.

  • Anonymous

    Now Google is just teasing… wheres my Galaxy NEXUS :(  

  • Jordan

    when will we get true offline maps instead of this pre-caching business???

    • QQMore

      I suppose that depends.  How much storage do you have?  Do you want full offline maps WITH satellite images as well?  That could suck up a lot of phone space and you sure wouldn’t want to download it on anything less than 4G/Wi-fi.

      • Jordan

        just offline maps would do. satellite images aren’t necessary for my nav needs. google needs to offer packages for larger areas instead of the current 10mi radius feature. dont think that would make a dent in my storage capacity. besides, i care less about storage than i do data suckage, battery drain, and being lost without a signal

        • Anonymous

          If its within the same area though that is cached, i don’t think it would consume less or more data than it would when it was cached, but i agree, larger caching would be nice for areas without data coverage.

          downloading vs real time data has no difference though since it would be downloading the same commands and directions as it would in real time, and it might even consume more download data while downloading if its downloading a larger map rather than a compressed one that loads via the cache

          i’m not 100% sure,  but not having data coverage is a definite problem when using Google Maps for Nav

          • Jordan

            i hafta assume that pre-downloading a map will use less data because i wont need to constantly download new maps as i enter “foreign” areas. this is separate from commands and directions, which are largely handled by the gps alone. no?

          • Anonymous

            If your caching the whole area, i would assume it would do more than just directions and commands as the purpose is also including nearby areas, POI’s and detours if needed. Thats why I tink it might use more, it would be fine to cache before you leave your wifi and move over to data though, but i’m just trying to point that out.

    • http://www.facebook.com/borgey401 Andrew Borges

      Who cares, all that matters right now is that Verizon has screwed us over with the Nexus once again…. I knew it was way too good to be true… Now I get stuck with a damn Thunderbolt until something better comes out

      • Anonymous

        Wow, how exactly do you figure were screwed over? Its coming to Verizon first, i think that the reason they didn’t announce or show off the LTE version is because Verizon had just announced the DROID RAZR, it would make stupid business sense to announce two major handsets the same day and expect it to not hurt sales on either device.

      • Anonymous

        What are you talking about? How did Verizon screw “us” over with the Nexus?

  • Big Chris

    I want the galaxy nexus!

  • http://www.facebook.com/jeffandrews82 Jeff Andrews

    The Galaxy Nexus can’t arrive soon enough!

  • QQMore

    Woot go ICS!!