By Christian Zibreg on Jun 24, 2015
Yosemite National Park’s El Capitan isn’t just the world’s most famous rock wall, but the official name of Apple’s latest desktop operating system, too. Coincidentally or not, Google Maps has teamed up with legendary climbers Lynn Hill, Alex Honnold and Tommy Caldwell to capture an awesome panorama tour of El Capitan’s epic 3,000 feet climb.
You can explore it inside your browser with Google Maps’ marvelous vertical Street View mode offering high-quality 360-degree photography of the rocks from the climbers’ perspective that can be rotated and panned around. Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Jun 9, 2015
Google’s native Maps application for the iPhone and iPad now includes a handy option to send a place you search for on desktop to your iPhone, iPod touch or iPad. Before you can use this handy feature, you must update to Google Maps 4.7 for iOS or later, and enable this option in settings. In this post, I’m going to teach you how to set up and use this feature so you can easily send any place from Google Maps on your desktop to your iOS device. Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Jun 2, 2015
According to a post on the official Google Lat Long blog, the company’s mapping service now includes improved real-time transit information for select cities in the United States, the United Kingdom, Hungary and the Netherlands.
The more accurate transit data includes real-time information on arrivals for buses, metros and subway systems, Google said. Google Maps will even alert you to cancelled routes, so you can “better navigate the intricate and unpredictable world of transit in major cities around the world.” Read More
By Sébastien Page on May 29, 2015
No, the mysterious vans that were spotted in different parts of the country this year aren’t part of Project Titan, Apple’s secret self-driving car project. Instead, they are used to gather data that will most likely be used to power future versions of the company’s Maps app, reducing reliance on third-party data providers, as Mark Gurman reported Friday. Read More
By Christian Zibreg on May 21, 2015
Memorial Day is one of the busiest driving days in the U.S. so little wonder that Google is now boosting traffic alerts on Google Maps to warn drivers of congestion on the route ahead, helping them avoid traffic jam.
“Now when you input your destination, you’ll get an explanation of upcoming traffic conditions that helps you identify the quickest route,” according to the Internet giant. Read More
By Jake Smith on Apr 22, 2015
Bloomberg reports that Apple is among the list of companies Nokia is hoping will purchase its struggling HERE Maps, as it seeks to cut divisions that are losing money.
According to the publication’s anonymous source, Nokia is seeking more than 3 billion euros ($3.2 billion) from a sale of the unit. It’s selling HERE Maps for the “ubiquity and utility” of its location-based services. Read More
By Jake Smith on Apr 5, 2015
Next time you’re driving through Chicago looking for a nice place to stay – Apple has you covered. Over the last several days, the Cupertino company has added more hotel review data to its Apple Maps app on iOS, as it works to continue bolstering Maps to compete with the king, Google Maps.
The new data for hotel reviews isn’t being served up by Apple itself, outsourcing the work courtesy of Trip Advisor and Booking.com, along with reviews from Yelp that have been there for quite sometime. Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Mar 19, 2015
Google Maps last evening received another update which has brought out a couple noteworthy new features.
The application can now render maps in full-screen mode to maximize screen real estate and provide colored transit lines when retrieving transit directions. To access maps in full-screen mode, just tap an empty spot on the map. Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Feb 27, 2015
The Internet giant Google on Friday issued a refresh to its native mapping application for the iPhone and iPad, adding Local Guides and a couple other nice-to-haves.
A global community of the top reviewers on Google, Local Guides now appear in Google Maps 4.3 for iOS.
You can also add transit directions to your calendar.
Search has been improved, too, with the ability to search for event information for select venues, nearby businesses based on their address and even retrieve fun facts about popular points of interest. Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Feb 9, 2015
Yesterday marked the tenth anniversary of Google Maps, arguably the best consumer mapping application in the world.
Maps first started as a C++ program designed by two Danish brothers Lars and Jens Eilstrup Rasmussen at the Sydney-based company Where 2 Technologies.
After pitching their idea for a web-based version to Google management, the search giant in its never-ending pursuit of new revenue sources snapped up the young startup in October 2004.
Under Google’s stewardship and the oversight of current Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer, who in 2005 became Vice President of Search Products and User Experience at Google, the project quickly transformed from a relatively unimpressive desktop program into a full-blown web service.
Since its inception, Google Maps has been praised by critics and haters alike for its accuracy, coverage and the rapid pace of development resulting in new feature additions on a regular basis. It’s been imitated by both Yahoo and Microsoft, and later by Apple, but none of these technology giants has come close to touching Google Maps. Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Jan 15, 2015
Google has bumped its Maps for iOS app to version 4.2, bringing out a few new features and improvements that enhance your experience concerning searching for restaurants, retrieving weather information and more.
You can now find restaurants by cuisine type in Google Maps 4.2 for the iPhone and iPad and (at last) access weather information for other cities around the world, not just for your current location. Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Dec 11, 2014
The search monster Google this morning posted a major update to its main search app for iOS.
The company says it’s enhanced the software by bringing out support for the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 and 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus screens, a fresh new look with Material Design appearance, Maps alongside search results, easier-to-find recent searches, a “G” button that lets you start a new search from anywhere within the app and more.
You can grab the completely rebuilt Google 5.0 app for the iPhone and iPad free of charge in the App Store. Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Nov 6, 2014
Announced yesterday, a much-improved Google Maps for the iPhone and iPad featuring Material Design appearance, OpenTable reservations, Uber integration and more is now rolling out in App Stores worldwide.
Featuring engaging animations, shadows and depth — courtesy of Google’s newly-found design language for desktop, mobile and the web — Google Maps 4.0 promises to be the funnest version of the app to date.
The search giant says the layers and buttons “come to life so you know just where to touch to get directions, recommendations and imagery.”
Download the app now, give it a whirl and tell us how you liked it in comments.
Google Maps 4.0 is free in the App Store. Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Nov 5, 2014
Keen on deploying Android Lollipop’s Material Design across its mobile apps on all platforms, Google on Wednesday announced a new version of Google Maps for the iPhone and iPad featuring engaging animations, shadows and depth.
The fresh new design is all about creating surfaces and shadows that echo the real world, the search firm said.
With Google Maps’ new material feel, layers and buttons “come to life so you know just where to touch to get directions, recommendations and imagery”. The update will be rolling out over the next few days.
Google Maps is available free in the App Store. Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Jul 11, 2014
As Apple continues to decrease its dependency on Google for maps in products such as the Find My iPhone service, the Internet giant keeps on adding new features to the native Google Maps iOS app in an effort to widen the gap between its own service and Apple Maps.
Today’s version 3.2 update adds a couple new features to Google Maps, starting with a new Explore section acting as your local guide that highlights different places and activities, depending on your location and time of day… Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Jul 8, 2014
It would seem that Google gave way to Apple Maps on the web in a new Find My iPhone beta, which was released yesterday alongside iOS 8 Beta 3 and the third OS X Yosemite Developer Preview.
At the time of this writing, the change appeared to affect Apple’s Find My iPhone beta on the web, which has switched from Google Maps tiles to an Apple Maps backend. For those wondering, the native iOS app stopped using Google Maps in 2012… Read More
By Christian Zibreg on May 21, 2014
Google last night issued a minor but welcomed update to its free Google Maps for iOS app. In addition to some bug fixes, version 3.1 now offers “smoother, faster transitions when you move through Street View.”
The latest update arrives two weeks after the Internet giant issued a major 3.0 update, bringing the much-needed offline mode to Google Maps in addition to lane guidance, Uber integration, Voice Search, pins and more… Read More
By Christian Zibreg on May 6, 2014
The Internet giant Google today refreshed its native Maps iOS app with a handful of stuff, including lane guidance in turn-by-turn navigation, Uber integration, Voice Search and more.
A major update, Google Maps 3.0 – available free of charge in the App Store – now allows you to save maps so you can access them without an Internet connection, a major advantage over Apple’s built-in Maps.
While you could previously save maps by typing ‘ok maps’ into the search field, version 3.0 takes this further by providing a proper menu item for the feature and syncing your saved maps across devices. There’s lots more to get excited about this Google Maps release so jump past the fold and have a look yourself… Read More
By Sébastien Page on Mar 23, 2014
I was very reluctant to get a Pebble but I have to admit that finally purchasing one a couple months or so ago is probably the best decision I’ve made in a while. If you listen to Let’s Talk iOS or Let’s Talk Jailbreak, then you probably already know that I am now a complete Pebble convert. Well, that is at least until Apple comes up with its own wearable, because as it is, the Pebble is extremely limited with what you can do.
Getting directions on your Pebble for example is something that I was anticipating before buying the smartwatch, but as it turned out, the alternatives that are available in the App Store are so bad, that I couldn’t believe someone hadn’t figured out how to get turn by turn directions on the Pebble the right way. Then I had a breakthrough… Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Feb 28, 2014
Google has been dutifully adding new features to its native Maps application for the iPhone and iPad. Just earlier this month, we saw Google Maps gain a new feature allowing users to get notified when a faster route becomes available when heading towards a destination in the navigation mode.
Today’s minor update, now live in the App Store, includes the obligatory bug fixes and another new feature: an improved route planning with multiple modes of transit.
Although it seems like a minor addition, the feature is quite handy when planning your route because you are no longer limited to defining a route based on either walking, driving or biking and can instead choose multiple modes of transit… Read More