Google has begun the rollout of Google Maps 7.5, and while initial impressions were that nothing significant had changed, it seems that there’s been a few “under-the-hood” changes which may (or may not) greatly change the way you view information in the mapping application. With this new version (and indeed, the newest version 2.5 for iOS) Google has integrated Gmail into maps. How does that work? What we’re seeing is that hotel, restaurant and flight reservations are being presented to users in maps in context relevant situations. For example, if you’ve got a flight booked from Sydney to Melbourne, and you[Read More...]
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One of the great things about Android is that we don’t need to wait for a major OS update for the core apps in the ecosystem to receive an update. One such app — Google Maps — receives fairly regular updates, and each time Google manages to make the product just that little bit better. Artem and the guys over at Android Police have cracked open the latest Google Maps update (version 7.2 to be precise), and having installed it ourselves, we thought we’d give you a quick heads up on the new features. Route preview and one-click navigation Users[Read More...]
Google has introduced a program which involves asking people to review local places and become what they’ve deemed ‘City Experts’ in return for some freebies. The program has been running somewhat un-officially via the @googlelocalsyd twitter account. According to the signup page, to become a City Expert you have to live in one of the following cities : Austin, Birmingham (UK), Bristol (UK), Chicago, Edinburgh, London, New York, Portland (OR), Phoenix, Raleigh-Durham, San Francisco and Sydney. But if you choose to sign up but don’t live in one of these cities, Google will notify you if/when the program rolls out[Read More...]
Google has today started a slow roll out of a new version of Google Maps which includes a refreshed UI similar to that of the Google Maps Desktop Preview and the latest version on iOS. It’s very clean and, so far, simple to navigate around. There’s nothing really groundbreaking to tell you about, so we recommend you just download it for yourself now (Android 4.1 and 4.2 only for now) or wait for the official roll out for your specific device via Google Play. Download Android 4.2: Download .APK Android 4.1+: Download .APK In our quick play around with the[Read More...]
Google this morning announced that they have released an update which will allow you to use Google Maps for Android to navigate your way around the internal layout of over 200 locations within Australia. The new feature covers Shopping Centres, Museums, Sporting venues, Airports and more, and has been rolling out in other territories worldwide since early 2012 – it’s nice to see this feature come to Australia. Indoor Maps includes the ability to use the familiar blue dot within the app to narrow down your approximate location within the building up to and including which floor you’re on, and[Read More...]
While that other mapping service might not be able to show you were a hospital is, Google has been pushing their mapping service, Google Maps, to make it more in-depth. This time they’ve taken that literally; going to the depths of some of the coolest oceans and reefs in the world. There are 12 underwater areas that you can peruse on your Android device using Google Maps. They include Heron Island, Lady Elliot Island, Molokini Crater, Hanauma Bay, Apo Islands, and Wilson Island. Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m off to find Nemo. Enjoy!
Google has just added some updates to the Play Books app to add some extra help when reading. From today the app now contains Places and dictionary cards which popup when you select either an unfamiliar geographic location or word in a book. The popup card will contain a Google Map and the option to get more information by searching on Google or Wikipedia while the dictionary option will deliver the definition via a Google Search. Adding further functionality there is also the option of instantly translating words into your language from within the Books app as well, you can[Read More...]
Look, I’ll say this right up front — you don’t really need a reason to like Android. However, if you’re looking for one, just one, then here’s a big one. You used to be able to access Google Maps via a native app on iOS. As of iOS 6, you can’t. The replacement — made by Apple — by many accounts, including those with a close relationship with Apple, is rubbish. Even Waze CEO’s Noam Bardin offered little praise for iOS’ new mapping solution, saying: “Apple went out and partnered with the weakest player,” he said. “They’re now coming out[Read More...]
Since the Nexus 7 started arriving in Australia I’ve been asked a number of times via Twitter, Google+ and in person ‘What Apps should I look at for my Nexus 7’? The Nexus 7 is a pretty ground breaking device with that $250-$300 price point and (now) widespread availability, which means that new owners aren’t necessarily people who have used Android before and they are looking around at what they can load on their tablets to utilise them to their fullest. If you are new to Android and specifically Jelly Bean we did a review which you may want to[Read More...]
Another day, another video from the GoogleNexus YouTube Channel. Today the Nexus 7 video is addressing Google Apps. Starting with Chrome they show off the speed of pages loading and then how easy it is to switch between tabs and also into incognito tabs. It then shows the Gmail app and how you can swipe between your mail in your inbox to quickly access all your messages. Maps gets shown off including how to use the Voice Search for places nearby. Google Earth also gets shown off, showing different layers such as the 3D maps and finally the YouTube app[Read More...]
Google and the Transport for NSW department have collaborated to bring a feature to Google Maps that other cities across Australia including Canberra, Adelaide and even our own Lucas Burnett in Perth, have been enjoying for years: Public Transport Directions. You can now enter in an origin and a destination and choose a departure or arrival time within Sydney in Google Maps, Select ‘By public transport’ and receive schedule information from buses, ferries, trains and light rail services operating in greater metropolitan Sydney. The service is also available in 12 different languages including Mandarin, Spanish and German. Pretty cool feature[Read More...]
Google just held an event on Maps and Mapping, one of the biggest features announced was that they are bringing Offline mode to the Google Maps app for Android, this feature has been available as a Google Lab for a while where you could download a 10-square mile area for viewing offline but this will now be a standard feature of the maps app. You will have to have the foresight to download the map, so it’s usable offline but still usability wise that is a pretty cool feature. People have been asking for the ability to use our maps[Read More...]