Google Launches “Views” as a Place to Share Your Photo Spheres and Panorama Shots of the World

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If you own a Nexus 4, Nexus 7, Google Play Edition phone or have flashed a stock Android 4.2 ROM that supports Photo Sphere, Google has given you a new service to upload your beautiful pictures of the world to. It’s called Views, and is somewhat of an extension of Google Maps. All Google asks that you do is take Photo Spheres as you travel the globe and then share them to Views to create one of the coolest photo collections we have ever seen.  (more…)

Google Maps Listens to Feedback, Adds Offline Maps and “Where’s Latitude?” Buttons in New Update

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The freakout that ensued after the release of Google Maps v7.0 over the thought that both Latitude and Offline Maps were missing was heard loud and clear by Google. We know now that Offline Maps is still there, it simply requires that you put an area of the map you’d like cached in view, then tap Search, and finally enter the words “OK Maps” to save it for later. Seems simple, right? Not so much. But as I just mentioned, users also noticed that Latitude, the popular person tracker, was missing. Google addressed both issues in a blog post hours after the update was released, confirming that Latitude was being retired and that Offline Maps required an extra not-so-intuitive step or two to work. Apparently, that was not enough as they are preparing to push another update to make all of this as clear as ever.  (more…)

FYI: Offline Maps Saved by Typing “OK Maps” in Google Maps, Latitude Retires August 9

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Moments after the new Google Maps v7.0 went live last night, the cries of “Where is Latitude!” and “What happened to offline maps?” spread throughout the internet crowds. Since Google had yet to push out a blog post detailing the new features of Google Maps prior to releasing the update, you can imagine that we were all scrambling and concerned. Now that a post has been issued, we have two bits of news – one good, one bad. Offline maps are indeed still there, but Latitude will retire on August 9.  (more…)

New Google Maps 7.0.0 Goes Live in Google Play, Here is the New UI We Saw at Google I/O

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Remember the new Google Maps app for Android that we saw previewed back at Google I/O? It went live this evening for both phones and tablets! Well sort of. As is typical since I/O, Google is using their staged rollout method of releasing app updates, so there is a pretty damn good chance that you can’t download it yet. Sucks, right? But anyways, the new Maps is here!  (more…)

Google Buys Waze Social Traffic Service, Hopes to Outsmart Traffic Together

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Google announced this morning that it has acquired Waze, a GPS and social traffic application that updates routes and drive information in real-time thanks to a community of users. Through Google Play alone, it has anywhere from 10-50 million downloads, but is on iOS as well.

The app has voice navigation, shows community-contributed road alerts, learns from your frequently traveled routes, and can even find the cheapest gas station on your way. But it also takes on a social function, in that your friends can join Waze, and be seen as you all attend a concert or arrive for a dinner reservation.  (more…)

Google Maps for Mobile Gets Reworked, Coming to Android and iOS “This Summer”

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Google tipped us off early this morning, aside from the leaks we saw previously, that Google Maps might be getting some love at this year’s I/O.  A preview build of the new Maps was shown on iOS and Android. It featured a new slimmed down look with a search bar that took you into a revamped reviews section that has a 5 star scale instead of the previous 4. Google Offers was also worked into this same space to make finding food and deals easy.  (more…)