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…)
Is Google Maps just not cutting it for you anymore? Well, no worries, because a very unlikely company is here to try and help, that being Nokia. The company’s proprietary map application, called HERE, has leaked onto the web, working perfectly for any Android device running Android 4.0+, as long as its not Samsung hardware. (more…)
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 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…)
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 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…)
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…)