Google Services Experiencing Issues – How are Yours Holding Up? (Updated)

We are hearing a number of reports from readers who are experiencing issues with Google services. From Google Play to Gmail to Hangouts to Maps, many are not able to access information, receive messages, login, or install apps.

We are experiencing some issues in Gmail, but not in our Google Apps Droid Life account. The Google Apps Status Dashboard is showing green lights across the board.

Let us know in the comments if you are experiencing issues as well. We will update this post as we have more.  (more…)

Google Maps 8.0.0 Update Brings More Info to Navigation, Offline Maps Management, Transit Walking Times, More

Google Maps is seeing an update today (v8.0.0), one that Google seems proud enough of to give us a changelog for already.

Thanks to the update, you will now see more information during turn-by-turn navigation, like distance, arrival time, and quick access to alternate routes. You will be able to save and manage offline maps in a custom list for when you are traveling, see total walking time in transit directions, and be able to launch Google Maps if you have Uber installed. Oh, they also tossed in an option to see “Places to review” for previously searched-for place if signed-in.

The update is slowly rolling out as build 8.0.0. We will try to get a download for you. Edit: Download below. (more…)

Maps Measure for Android Lets You Measure Distances and Areas in Google Maps

If you’ve ever wanted to quickly check distances, Google Maps hasn’t had the most streamlined of approaches. And don’t even think about areas, as Google has yet to implement this feature in both the desktop and mobile versions of Maps. Maps Measure is a handy new app letting users quickly check up on areas or distances simply, even all the way across the world. (more…)

Google Update Bonanza: Maps, Translate, YouTube, Chromecast, Search, and Chrome Beta

Google is still going strong with their trademark “Update Wednesdays,” and this week is absolutely no exception. We already saw the Wallet update and the possibly erroneous YouTube update, but now have a plethora of other fresh meat, most being relatively minor. Regardless, it’s definitely a good thing to see Google paying attention and squashing those bugs, adding nifty new features along the way.

All the updated apps are listed down below. We’ll be updating this post as we learn more. (more…)

Google App Updates Galore: Hangouts, Cloud Print, Maps, Search, and More

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…)

Google Maps 7.5 on Android Secretly Matches iOS Version – Now Pulls Hotel, Flight and Restaurant Reservations From Gmail

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…)