November 30, 2011 |
Google is bringing its mapping technology to the great indoors. With the launch of Google Maps 6.0 on Tuesday, users of mobile devices running Android OS 2.1 and up will have the ability to use Google Maps not just to get directions to an Ikea, Macy's or one of several airports but also to figure out how to find housewares, ATMs and their airline boarding gates. Google's inside mapping will work like its outside mapping. A little blue dot will move along with users to show where they are, and the technology is even able to know what floor they are on — what Steve Lee, director of product management for Google, called "the third dimension of mapping.
March 11, 2010 |
After a long wait and more than 50,000 signatures on an online petition, cyclists will be happy to know that Google Inc. has finally added bicycle routes to Google Maps. In Google Maps, users can now find "Bicycling" in the tool's "Get Directions" drop-down box. After choosing the option, bikers can input two addresses and find the bike route that will get them to their destination. The mapping tool provides turn-by-turn directions and an estimated travel time. The new Google Maps bicycling feature is available in 150 U.S. cities, including Los Angeles, San Francisco and New York.
August 13, 2007 |
A knife sharpening truck parked outside of O.J. Simpson's old Brentwood address tops the list of curiosities captured in Google Inc.'s street-level photographs of Southern California. Others include unflattering snapshots of passers-by, a woman gazing out her window in Encinitas and a sea gull above La Jolla caught mid-flight dropping a surprise below.
December 17, 2012 |
Did you have trouble downloading the Google Maps for iPhone app last week? That might be because lots of people were downloading the app -- more than 10 million in 48 hours to be exact. Jeff Huber, a Google senior vice president, revealed that statistic on Google+ on Monday. But the number of downloads, though impressive, is hardly surprising. Apple users had been looking forward to the return of the Google Maps app ever since it was removed from the iPhone three months ago and replaced with Apple's own software, Apple Maps.
August 20, 2013 |
When Google bought Waze, it wasn't just buying a startup -- it was also buying a highly engaged community of users willing to provide real-time traffic information. And that community is key to Google's effort to stave off rival mapping apps, namely Apple Maps. Google on Tuesday announced that iPhone and Android users of Google Maps would now begin seeing live traffic reports posted by Waze users. That means that when Waze users indicate construction, heavy traffic, or a car accident on the road, the report will show up on both the Waze and Google Maps apps.
February 4, 2014 |
Google Maps for the iPhone is getting smarter thanks to a new feature that will recommend quicker routes to users as they drive. "Outsmart traffic and save time on the road -- #GoogleMaps will notify you if there's a faster route," the Silicon Valley company said Tuesday morning after updating the Apple iOS version of its app with the new feature. As iPhone users drive, Google Maps will account for traffic and road conditions. If the app finds a quicker way to users' destinations, it will let users know how much time the new route could save them.