Google Maps Gets WiFi Only Mode, Offline Maps to SD Cards

A Google Maps update will start rolling out to Android users today that includes a WiFi only mode and the option to save offline maps to microSD cards..

Google walked through a bunch of scenarios specific to each feature in today’s announcement post, but this stuff is really pretty self explanatory. In WiFi only mode, you get to tell Google Maps to only work when connected to WiFi. That way, you can save on data consumption and use Maps offline. The added bonus here is that you are basically putting Maps in airplane mode, while the rest of your phone stays connected. Sweet, right?  (more…)

Google Maps Updated With Improved Typography, Areas of Interest

An update for Google Maps will affect users on Android, desktop, as well as iOS, bringing a cleaner look, improved typography, and much more. As you would assume, when looking over a city in Maps, there is a lot of information, all condensed until you zoom in. Because of this, Google is redesigning the layout of Maps, but don’t expect anything too drastic. Google will be providing a “cleaner” look, plus improving the typography to make things a bit easier to read.  (more…)

Google Earth Satellite Imagery Updated With Superior Clarity

Google announced updated satellite imagery for Maps and Google Earth this week, courtesy of the USGS/NASA Landsat Program. Using HD images from primarily the Landsat 8 satellite, these images feature greater detail and truer colors, offering a better look at a cloudless Earth.

Not only does Landsat 8 provide better photos than Landsat 7 (which most of Google’s previous images were compiled from), but the sensor also snaps shots twice as fast. This allows Google to provide the most up-to-date look at our planet from the sky.  (more…)

Google Maps Gets an Official Beta, Sign-Up for It Now!

Google Maps joined the Google App as having an official beta version this afternoon, and you can sign-up now!

All you need to do is hit that link below, click the “Become a tester” button, and then head to Google Play to “update” to the beta version. It’s just like you have done with the Google App and Nova and any other beta through the Play store. That same link below will allow you to leave the beta test as well.

The new beta version is 9.27.0.  (more…)

Google Maps Integrates Ride Services With Dedicated ETA Tab, Fare Estimates

Starting today, users of Uber can simply open up the Google Maps app, plug in a destination, then get detailed information on whether an Uber is the best option for you to get somewhere.

Usually, if you want to use Uber, you must open their app, hail a car, type in your destination, then you will be on your way. With this ride service integration in Google Maps, a newly dedicated tab specifically for ride services will show you estimated time to your destination, as well as the cost for the different tiers of Uber service. This is in addition to the other ETAs the Google Maps app provides, such as public transportation, walking, and biking.  (more…)