Google’s App Suite Getting Updated, Includes Updates for Gmail, Maps, and Play Music

A gang of updates are hitting Google Play this morning, covering a large part of Google’s entire suite of apps. Included are updates for Maps, Google+, Play Music, Search, Gmail, and more.

While the updates are hitting devices, there is still little detail as to what is inside, but since all of these apps have received Material Design makeovers, you should not expect anything too fancy. If anything, it is minor bug fixing and tweaks. If you spot something serious, let us know below.  (more…)

Nokia’s HERE Maps Launches in Beta for Select Samsung Hardware Through Apps Store

Select Samsung device owners have a new maps application to choose from this morning, as Nokia’s own HERE app has launched in beta through the Apps Store. Having a beta of HERE leaked already, we found that Nokia’s entry into the maps world for Android has been rather well done, as it offers one big feature that we wish Google Maps did much better, that being a true Offline Mode.  (more…)

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…)