Google Maps Goes Completely Offline Later This Year

In an update that is set to release later this year, Google Maps will go completely offline for users on Android.

Announced during Google I/O, a Maps user with the updated app can select an area for which they want saved to their device for offline viewing. When offline, Maps still contains all of the same information that an online user sees, such as business locations, ratings for businesses, auto completion for addresses, and even navigation. (more…)

Google Now on Tap Brings Smart Multi-Tasking to Android M

Part of Android M is a major enhancement to Google Now, Google’s smart-as-hell automated assistant service, called Now on Tap. With Google Now on Tap, the new piece to the Now puzzle, you can get Google Now help from almost anywhere with a simple long press of your phone’s home button, allowing you to multi-task from any screen without having to leave what you are currently doing.  (more…)

Android M Developer Preview Will be Available for Nexus 5, 6, 9, and Player (Updated)

Google has announced a whole bunch of features of the Android M Developer Preview, which we have detailed here. But what about devices? Well, they also announced that it will be available on the Nexus 5, Nexus 6, Nexus 9, and Nexus Player. They didn’t say when, but I would imagine that it will be soon – maybe even this week.

As we learn more about availability, we’ll update this post.  (more…)