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February 20, 2014 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Nearly a year ago Google launched a new version of Google Maps that eager users could voluntarily try. That version has now begun rolling out to all users. The Mountain View tech giant this week announced that over the coming weeks the "new Google Maps" will replace its predecessor as the default version of the service. The new Google Maps features a redesigned look that envelops the entire Web page, unlike the previous version which used about two-thirds of the screen for map imagery and the other third to display information.
February 4, 2014 | By Salvador Rodriguez
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.
December 13, 2012 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Google Maps is back on the iPhone after a nearly three-month hiatus. The map app became available in the Apple App Store late Wednesday night. However, the app offers a far different experience than what users had before Google Maps was removed from the iPhone as a pre-installed app when iOS 6 launched in September. The new Google Maps is similar to the version available for Android phones, and it offers a flurry of new features. Among them are Streetview and photos of the insides of some businesses, such as restaurants and bars.
October 9, 2012 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Apple iOS 6 users, rejoice. It looks like Google Maps is back. Well, not really. An iOS developer in Tokyo has made an app called ClassicMap that looks a lot like the Maps app of old. The app uses Google Maps, shows you your location, lets you zoom in and out, and even drop pins. Perfect, right? Not quite. Top 10 gems in iOS 6 Although ClassicMap appears to give us the Maps app used for the first iPhone through the iPhone 4S, it's missing too many key features to be worth using.
August 9, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Google updated its maps app for Android and iPhone smartphones not with new features but with redesigned ads that show up when users do a search query. Google Maps has been displaying ads since 2010, but Google revamped them to go with a new look it gave the app earlier this year. The company said the new ads introduced this week are "more attractive for users and more effective for advertisers. " PHOTOS: Top smartphones of 2013 The company said that now when users search for locations on the Google Maps apps, they'll see "relevant ads" appear at the bottom of the screen.
July 11, 2012 | By Deborah Netburn
Along with airports and shopping malls, museums are some of the toughest indoor places to navigate. Who hasn't found herself wandering aimlessly around a gallery of Greek and Roman artifacts while trying to find an exhibit of Impressionist paintings , or peering at a dimly lit minerals exhibit at a natural history museum when really you want to see the giant whale skeleton? Well, help is on the way. This week, Google announced it added indoor floor plans of 20 American museums to its Google Maps for Android.
December 12, 2012 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Google Maps might make its long-awaited return to the iPhone and the iPad on Wednesday night, according to a report. All Things D says unnamed sources have confirmed Google Inc. plans to release its Maps app for Apple's iOS mobile operating system Wenesday night. If that is indeed the case, there will probably be many happy iPhone users. QUIZ: How much do you know about Google? They have had to deal with Apple Maps since the Cupertino, Calif., company gave the pre-installed Google Maps app the boot in mid-September with the release of iOS 6. IPhone users quickly became frustrated because Apple Maps didn't seem to provide nearly as much information as Google Maps, its "Flyover" 3-D imaging feature didn't work correctly and commonly gave inaccurate information.
March 13, 2014 | By Mary Forgione, Daily Deal and Travel Blogger
How to take a white-water trip through the Grand Canyon without getting wet: Stay home and click on Google's Street View of the classic 286-mile ride on the Colorado River. It's red-rock heaven all the way, with pull-offs that scramble up side canyons too, in the latest take-you-there visuals debuting Thursday (today) on Google Maps. Google's take-you-there 360-degree Street Views (no, they aren't changing the name to "river views") have captured major landmarks like the Burj Khalifa tower in Dubai, the Taj Mahal in Agra, India, and the Eiffel Tower in Paris as well as five national parks in California.
September 20, 2012 | By Salvador Rodriguez
It's no secret that the biggest failure of iOS 6 has been Apple's decision to replace Google Maps with its own app. The app, which came with the new operating software, has a cool 3-D Flyover feature, but in general it's much worse than its Google predecessor. The new app provides inaccurate maps that sometimes place businesses in the middle of rivers , poor-quality satellite images that are not helpful and less information than Google Maps. On top of that, the 3-D Flyover feature barely works and often provides horrible results ( look at what it does to the Hoover dam )
September 25, 2012 | By Salvador Rodriguez
The rift between Apple and Google over a map app grew wider Tuesday as Google Chairman Eric Schmidt said Apple device users shouldn't expect the company to offer them a Google Maps app anytime soon.  Apple dropped Google's app and replaced it with its own in the latest operating system, iOS 6, that it released last Wednesday. That meant the new iPhone 5 also did not include the Google Map. It had been a feature on the iPhone since the smartphone first launched in 2007. The Apple Maps app offers new features to iPhone users, including 3-D maps, advanced live traffic updates and voice navigation, but it doesn't support directions for public transportation and its maps app doesn't appear to be as accurate as Google's in some areas.
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