Google Intros Updated Street View App for Google Maps Users

Today, Google introduced an updated Street View application for both Android and iOS. For users on iOS, the new Street View app will replace the Photo Sphere Camera app, but on Android, it will simply be an update for existing Street View users in Google Maps.

With the updated application, users can view Photo Sphere galleries from across the world, and even upload their own panoramic and Photo Sphere shots instantly to Google Maps. If you visit a beautiful place or go on an insane hike, your content can now be viewed by others, giving them a taste of what they can expect at that location.  (more…)

Google Teams Up With FRA to Include Railroad Crossings in Google Maps

According to The New York Times, Google and the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) will announce a partnership today that will lead to the inclusion of all grade crossings in the United States via Google Maps. The FRA’s hope is that this addition to Maps will bring down the amount of accidents that happen at crossings, which spiked last year by 9%.  (more…)

Google Maps Now Warns You If Your Destination Will Close Before You Get There

A Google Maps update that is rolling out to all today adds a new warning that appears if you are considering navigating to a location that is closing soon. The new warning will actually tell you that you won’t make it before the place closes, hopefully saving you a wasted trip.

Another new addition, thanks to the update, adds car rental reservations you have from Gmail should you do a search for “my events.”

The update appears to be available to all, but we have the .apk below if you want to sideload it.  (more…)

Google Maps Adds Real-Time Transit Info to 4 New Metros, Route Option Summaries

Google announced today that Google Maps and its real-time transit info is now available in four new metro areas, but also that “relevant journeys are handily arranged and summarized in the app.” Google doesn’t want you to miss your ride as you guzzle that “last sip of coffee,” but should you, these new summaries will help you always find another option.  (more…)

Google Play Services 7.5 is Packed Full of Goodies

Not only did we get Android M (our tour!) yesterday, but Google also introduced Google Play Services 7.5, which includes all sorts of new goodness like “Smart Lock for Passwords, Instance ID, new APIs for Google Cloud Messaging and Google Cast, as well as access to the Google Maps API on Android Wear devices.” See, this is a big time update. Let’s talk about some of it.  (more…)

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…)

Be Gone Peeing Bugdroid! Google Apologizes for This Morning’s Maps Fun

The peeing party is over. Google has apologized for this morning’s Google Maps action that involved their Android mascot relieving itself on the Apple logo. According to a statement released to the Washington Post, Google is “sorry for the inappropriate user-created content” found on Maps, which is them referencing a user submitted change to Google Maps via Map Maker. The search giant will learn from whoopsies like these and continue to “constantly” improve the way they “detect, prevent and handle bad edits.”  (more…)