Google Maps Receives “Fresh New Design” in Latest Update, Includes Uber Integration

Google Maps is getting its big Material Design makeover this week, as announced in a blog post by Google moments ago. The “fresh new” design with bright colors “is all about creating surfaces and shadows that echo the real world.” With Material Design leading the charge, Google has tried to make layers and buttons “come to life” so that you in-app experience is glorious.  (more…)

Google Maps Introduces Explore Button to Help You Discover New Places

This week, Google is introducing a new “Explore” button through Google Maps that will help all of us discover new places nearby. The button will appear in the bottom right corner of Google Maps, likely next to the location/compass button, “where available.” In other words, it should just show up if you are in an area that is ready to help you explore.  (more…)

Google Maps 8.2.0 Adds Bicycle Elevation, Voice Actions in Navigation

A Google Maps update to version 8.2.0 showed up last night and actually includes new goodies for you to look forward to. Once updated, you will find that bicycle directions now include elevation and a comparison of elevation between multiple routes to get you to a destination with less strain. You will notice that the profile button in the search bar has been replaced by a voice actions button, with the profile information moving into the slideout menu under a “Your places” section. (more…)

Google Maps Update Brings Android Wear Support

Google Maps received an update yesterday to bring support for Google’s brand new Android Wear platform, along with bug fixes. The update doesn’t specifically say what “support for Android Wear devices” means, but we are able to initiate turn-by-turn navigation from the G Watch and Gear Live that we have in house.

The update should be available now on Google Play for all.  (more…)

Garmin Releases viago Navigation App For $0.99, Pay In-App to Unlock Features that Google Maps Does for Free

Besides Gmail and Search, the other service that has become synonymous with Google has got to be Google Maps. Since it comes pre-installed on almost all Android phones, it has become the go-to mapping and navigation service not only because it is convenient, but because it is also very good. If for some reason you do not want to opt-in to Google’s great maps service, though, there are other options out there. A new option with a brand name attached to it has launched today in the form of Garmin’s viago(more…)

Google Services Experiencing Issues – How are Yours Holding Up? (Updated)

We are hearing a number of reports from readers who are experiencing issues with Google services. From Google Play to Gmail to Hangouts to Maps, many are not able to access information, receive messages, login, or install apps.

We are experiencing some issues in Gmail, but not in our Google Apps Droid Life account. The Google Apps Status Dashboard is showing green lights across the board.

Let us know in the comments if you are experiencing issues as well. We will update this post as we have more.  (more…)

Google Maps 8.0.0 Update Brings More Info to Navigation, Offline Maps Management, Transit Walking Times, More

Google Maps is seeing an update today (v8.0.0), one that Google seems proud enough of to give us a changelog for already.

Thanks to the update, you will now see more information during turn-by-turn navigation, like distance, arrival time, and quick access to alternate routes. You will be able to save and manage offline maps in a custom list for when you are traveling, see total walking time in transit directions, and be able to launch Google Maps if you have Uber installed. Oh, they also tossed in an option to see “Places to review” for previously searched-for place if signed-in.

The update is slowly rolling out as build 8.0.0. We will try to get a download for you. Edit: Download below. (more…)