If Google decides to push out a bunch of updates to their suite of apps on any given day, Wednesdays are usually a good bet. Sure enough, we are seeing all sorts of apps receive updates today (Hangouts, Cloud Print, Google Search, Maps, Newsstand, and more), most of which don’t have changelogs or haven’t arrived on anyone’s device due to our favorite thing in the industry, staged rollouts for updates. Thankfully, this is the internet, which means that some people are bound to be a part of that initial wave. Some of those delightful people also like to share their treasures.
Below, we’ve started a list of the apps that are being updated, along with download links and changelogs (as we have them). We will try to update this throughout the day. (more…)
Yesterday afternoon, an update to the iOS version of Google Maps rolled out, bringing with it hotel, flight, and restaurant reservation info that it had pulled from Gmail. In other words, Google Maps on iOS became a lot like Google Now. If you have emails from flight reservations, upcoming hotel bookings, or a confirmation email from something like OpenTable, Google Maps will show you information in card-like panels should you search for those specific places related to those reservations.
Well, guess what? The update started rolling out on Android last night as well, as version 7.5. We received the update figuring there had to be something to it related to this iOS update and sure enough that’s exactly what we’re looking at. Of course (and to no one’s surprise), Google hasn’t updated the listing of “What’s new” yet in Google Play, so we had to do the in-app searching on our own. There could even be more included in the update, but we know it at least includes this snazzy new Gmail-pulling trick. (more…)
Back in June, Google officially purchased the GPS and traffic application Waze so they could implement it into Google Maps. Luckily for most of us, they were pretty quick on the uptake, eventually adding traffic reports into Google Maps in August. Today, they are looking to expand that functionality to even more people around the world. (more…)
The Google Maps team announced a new feature and a couple of tools to help make your excursion planning a whole lot simpler. Starting today, Maps users can place multiple destinations inside of a trip, allowing you to only input information a single time when planning. When selecting directions for either car, walking or biking, just hit the new “+” icon and add another destination to your trip. From there, Google will do the rest. (more…)
It’s the beginning of a new month, so to the three of you who own $1500 Google Glass explorer edition devices, a new update as build XE10 has been released. The update introduces public transit step-by-step directions for buses, street cars, subways, or any other mode available to your locale. But that’s not all, you’ll be able to tap on links in tweets, texts, emails, and more going forward and also see the images of people you are conversing with in the backgrounds of messages. (more…)
A new Google Maps update popped up earlier this week through Google Play, but since staged rollouts start in small waves before arriving on everyone’s handsets, we’re now just seeing the rollout increase. If you haven’t yet updated, there is a pretty good chance that the update is awaiting your approval. (more…)
It has been only a few months since Google bought community-influenced map service Waze, but they are starting to incorporate its features into their own Google Maps service. In a new update, Google Maps will begin to feature reports of accidents, construction, road closures and more from Waze. So as the community-mapping service is filled with information from its users, the benefits will push forward onto the mapping service that most of you use, Google Maps.
The Waze integration will be available on Android and iOS in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, France, Germany, Mexico, Panama, Peru, Switzerland, UK and the US.
Also, Waze will receive an update that will introduce Google Search and Street View. So no, Google isn’t ready to kill it off just yet.
Via: Google Lat Long
Today, Google announced the return of clickable ads for the Google Maps app for Android. When a user makes a search for a particular place/business, a corresponding result with be featured (advertised), which will then allow for the user to either look up that business’s information and from there, the choice is the searcher’s. (more…)