Google Maps and Search Updated With Business Holiday Hours

It’s that time of year again, when every business thinks it is cool to just close up shop early because it’s the holiday season. It can be a total pain to go to your usual spot, just to find they are shut down. Thanks to an addition inside of Google Maps and Google Search, holiday hours for virtually every business you can imagine are now available for viewing.  (more…)

Google Maps Update Brings Gas Prices, Ability to Add Detours During Navigation

An update is rolling out to Google Maps on Google Play, bringing with it the ability to check prices of gas at stations near you, as well as the function of adding detours to your trip during navigation.

Once updated, users inside of the Maps application can search for nearby gas stations, with the price of gas and the station’s name displayed in the results. For example, you will search for gas, and a Shell, Chevron, and BP station will pop up. You can then choose which station to drive to depending on how much you would like to spend.  (more…)

Google Teams Up With FRA to Include Railroad Crossings in Google Maps

According to The New York Times, Google and the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) will announce a partnership today that will lead to the inclusion of all grade crossings in the United States via Google Maps. The FRA’s hope is that this addition to Maps will bring down the amount of accidents that happen at crossings, which spiked last year by 9%.  (more…)

Google Maps Now Warns You If Your Destination Will Close Before You Get There

A Google Maps update that is rolling out to all today adds a new warning that appears if you are considering navigating to a location that is closing soon. The new warning will actually tell you that you won’t make it before the place closes, hopefully saving you a wasted trip.

Another new addition, thanks to the update, adds car rental reservations you have from Gmail should you do a search for “my events.”

The update appears to be available to all, but we have the .apk below if you want to sideload it.  (more…)

Google Maps Goes Completely Offline Later This Year

In an update that is set to release later this year, Google Maps will go completely offline for users on Android.

Announced during Google I/O, a Maps user with the updated app can select an area for which they want saved to their device for offline viewing. When offline, Maps still contains all of the same information that an online user sees, such as business locations, ratings for businesses, auto completion for addresses, and even navigation. (more…)

Wednesday Poll: Droid Life Community, Where You At?

To finish off 2014, we thought we should do something that hasn’t been done around these parts in at least a couple of years. It’s map time!

For those new to the “Where you at?” posts, just know that way back in the early days, we thought it was a cool idea to have the community drop pins on a map to show where they were reading the site from. As the site grew, obviously the number of pins increased, so we got some really fun maps out of it. Plus, it’s always interesting to see the different countries from around the world that are represented here.  (more…)