Google, those kind-hearted mobile enthusiasts, made Street View available through Google Maps in mobile browsers, this morning. While Android users probably couldn’t care less because they have the best mobile turn-by-turn navigation and maps experience on the planet for free in the Google Maps app, this could be used as a backup. Oh who am I kidding, the only reason Google did this, was to let iPhone 5 and iOS6 users know that the mobile version of their Maps service is still better than what Apple is doing. Thanks, Google.
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In a somewhat surprising turn of events this morning, Apple’s CEO Tim Cook posted a letter to their customers to address the Maps situation in iOS6. As you all know, the Maps app that Apple has created is, to put it nicely, atrocious. Turn-by-turn directions lead people to opposite sides of town from their actual destination, entire cities are missing, data is appearing that changed decades ago, businesses are showing as being located in bodies of water, etc. It’s a mess. In fact, it’s such a mess, that we couldn’t help but poke a little fun at the entire fiasco.
In Cook’s letter, he admits that Apple “fell short” on their commitment to release a Maps app that lives up to their “world-class” standards. He actually went as far as to suggest alternatives while they work “non-stop” until maps lives up to those high standards. And yep, Google Maps mobile browser version even came up.
I can’t help but think, “Wow, Apple admitting wrong? When was the last time this happened?”
And you’ll notice that he offers no time frame for a quality Maps app. Basically, Apple fans, you better cozy up to Waze, Bing, or MapQuest, because it’s going to be a while. (more…)
In a recent outing, Google’s Eric Schmidt made one thing very clear – Google has no Maps application in the works for iOS devices. According to Schmidt, the decision was entirely Apple’s and he still feels that they should have stuck with Google’s app. Both Google and Apple were in constant communication on the matter, but in the long run, Apple decided to go with a homegrown alternative instead. (more…)
Android friends and family, tomorrow is a big day. It’s time to start preparing. In case you didn’t realize it yet, September 21 is the day that millions of new phone owners across the globe will have trouble finding their way to work, to the nearest gas station, to their lunch or dinner reservation, and as you can see in the picture above, surviving through take-off at their local airport. Tomorrow, is iPhone 5 launch day.
Google just published the 6.12 update for Google Maps that includes better syncing of places and directions between PC and phone, but that isn’t all that came with the update. They also introduced a new way to zoom without using two fingers or two hands. It’s called single-handed zooming and is accomplished by tapping once and then holding your finger to the screen on the second tap. Once you have held on the second tap, you can slide your finger up or down to zoom in and out. Neat.
A Google Maps update will be arriving shortly on your Android device. Once updated, your location searches from your PC browser will sync seamlessly with your mobile device at a faster pace, so that you can find info you’ve searched for in the past or even moments ago. All you have to do is sign into Google Maps and make sure your web history is enabled to get these new search and directions histories. (more…)
A Google Maps update to version 6.11.1 just went live in the Play store. It’s not clear yet if anything major was included, but we know that HTC Rezound owners have patiently been waiting for a fix after the last update. For those not familiar, the last Maps update was causing Rezounds and other HTC devices to reboot immediately after launching the app. To say it was an unfortunate situation is an understatement. The only way to fix the issue was to uninstall that last update and use an older build of Maps. Hopefully, this takes care of it.
If you own a Rezound, be sure to update and let us know how your device behaves afterwards.
Update: According to the comments, this update does indeed fix the reboot issue for Rezound owners.
Update 2: An official post with details for the update is now up. It sounds like biking directions and biking turn-by-turn navigation were also included along with the reboot fix.
Also, once an official changelog is posted, we will update this post.
Version 6.1.0 of Google Maps for Android is now available. Announced yesterday, this new build includes a transit page makeover, new transit options in the pulldown (not showing for me yet), more detailed My Places pages, and a Location History option. It also appears as if the standard icon for Maps in the app has been updated, but that doesn’t change functionality by any means. Another solid update.