An addition to Google Maps this morning should have all New Yorkers who take public transit very excited. Google has had transit times for local subways and buses for a while now, but they also know that sometimes those vehicles don’t arrive exactly on-time. To help with this, they have added subway alerts and delays to Maps.
The Android app and web version of Maps will now alert you if any of NY’s subways are experiencing delays from maintenance or anything like that. If you are using navigation, Google will include these alerts and automatically re-routes to get you to where you are going. Maps may arguably be Google’s best app and it seems to only get better and better.
What else do you want to see in Google Maps that they haven’t added already?
In the Android ecosystem, once Google Maps got the ability to navigate via GPS, most people moved over and used that as their go-to navigation system. Before that, TomTom was big and now they are looking to regain some of their market share by releasing their application on Android.
If you’re a diehard TomTom fan you’ll be happy to know that the app will most likely launch this summer. The report is that “summer season is important” for TomTom so we might get to see the application within the next month or so. On iPhone the TomTom app is $59.99, granted it has a few tricks that Google Nav doesn’t. Can an Android user justify spending that kind of cash on this application? We’ll have to wait and see.
Via: Phandroid | Pocket-lint
Some major app players have received updates in the past 24 hours including Chrome for Android, Google Maps, Yelp, Dropbox, and everybody’s all-time favorite, Instagram. While Chrome and Google Maps were more bug fixing and stability tweaks, Yelp, Instagram, and Dropbox received a couple of new features. Yelp has added support for the country of Finland, not really beneficial for us over here, but cool nonetheless.
Instagram has added better search functionality for users, while Dropbox has added video streaming for Ice Cream Sandwich users and the ability to upload files of any size. Righteous. If you haven’t updated your apps yet, now would be the time to do so.
Play Links: Yelp | Google Maps | Google Chrome | Dropbox | Instagram
During today’s Google presentation on the Next Dimension of Maps, the company unveiled the next step for Google Earth – complete 3D renderings across the globe. Of course, such things do take time and Google will take baby steps in making this feature a true reality. As we saw in the presentation, the entire area of San Francisco has been mapped in complete 3D scale and it looks phenomenal. No exact time was given on when regular users will see the introduction, so we’ll keep our eyes open. (more…)
A few interesting updates await you in the Play Store today if you head on over. First up is an update for arguably the best app of all time, Google Maps. The application will now show you Google Offers based on your location, so if you’re walking around downtown you can find where to go to lunch and save some money. The map view of this is particularly handy. Also tucked into this update is “360 degree panoramas inside restaurants and stores” and indoor walking directions for the US and Japan. Both of which can be pretty interesting once they become more widespread.
Shazam also has an update waiting for you, one that enables NFC if you have it. You can “swap tags and share your favorite music” through Android Beam just by tapping your two phones together (provided you both have NFC). Now you can really be that guy who shares the music with all of his friends.
Play Links: Maps | Shazam
A couple of weeks ago, Google updated Google Maps Navigation screens with bigger buttons and to be more car-friendly. Today, they updated the actual starting Navigation menu with a new layout to help complete the experience. You now have 4 big buttons to choose from when entering the Navigation screen, along with a list of recent destinations. If you swipe to the left, you get a list of locations that you have starred in Google Places for quick access. If you swipe to the right, you get a list of your contacts that have addresses attached. Seems minor, but man does this make sense. (more…)