Google-Maps

  • Google Folds Its Workforce Management Tool, Maps Coordinate, Into Maps Engine Pro

    Google Folds Its Workforce Management Tool, Maps Coordinate, Into Maps Engine Pro

    Last year, Google launched Maps Engine Pro, a service that aims to make it easier for businesses to create, manage and share maps to visualize their data. Until now, this offering was purely about map creation, but today, Google is adding Maps Coordinate into the $5 per month and user Maps Pro subscription service and is building it right into the existing Maps Engine Android app. Read More

  • Google Maps Update Lets You Measure Distance, Draw Crude Pictures

    Google Maps Update Lets You Measure Distance, Draw Crude Pictures

    Google Maps just released a small, useful update for its Maps desktop product (via TNW). On the web, you can now right-click on any map and select “Measure Distance” to start charting a path and adding points, with Google offering up distances for each of the segments you create. It’s a handy way to find out approximately how far you’ll be travelling for a backwoods hike… Read More

  • Google’s Smarty Pins Lets You Test Your Geography Knowledge

    Google’s Smarty Pins Lets You Test Your Geography Knowledge

    Here is a random little thing from Google: the company today quietly launched a Google Maps-based quiz game. Smarty Pins allows you to test your geography knowledge through questions in six categories (arts and culture, science and geography, sports, etc.). Read More

  • Apple’s Maps Are Still Lost

    Apple’s Maps Are Still Lost

    Apple, during WWDC last week, delivered some significant updates across various parts of its business. It released, among other things, some 4,000 new APIs (and a new programming language) to developers; a renewed, more aggressive effort in cloud services; and some changes across its mobile and desktop operating systems to make them a lot more integrated with the primary way that we… Read More

  • Google Launches Street View Imagery For All 12 World Cup Stadiums In Brazil

    Google Launches Street View Imagery For All 12 World Cup Stadiums In Brazil

    The first game of the 2014 soccer football World Cup in Brazil is scheduled to kick off a week from now and — in what’s slowly becoming a tradition around major sports events — Google today released Street View imagery of all 12 World Cup stadiums. In addition to the stadiums themselves, Google also took its cameras to the areas around the venues, as well as numerous other… Read More

  • Google’s Battle To Keep Maps Relevant In The Age Of Apps

    Google’s Battle To Keep Maps Relevant In The Age Of Apps

    The battle to own the digital map continues — with Google stepping up its game in the U.K. today by significantly expanding the transit data embedded within its mapping interface. It’s now offering Google Maps users public transport options for routes across the U.K., not just driving or walking directions to get where they want to go. Read More

  • Google Maps Has Forsaken Us

    Google Maps Has Forsaken Us

    Once upon a time, in the days of yore — meaning, in hyper-fast-forward Silicon Valley, five years ago — there were things you could count on, evident truths on which you could rely, cornerstones on which you could construct your mental model of the world; and high on any such list would have been “Google will provide you with relevant search results.” Yeah, well, that… Read More

  • Google Maps On Mobile Gets Uber Integration And More

    Google Maps On Mobile Gets Uber Integration And More

    Google has updated its apps for iOS and Android with a bunch of new features, including Uber integration directly in its collection of options for travel directions. The Uber option will appear when you’re looking up transit or walking directions if you have the Uber app installed on your device in some cities, offering you the estimated time for trips using the car hire service, and… Read More

  • Google Street View Now Lets You Go Back In Time

    Google Street View Now Lets You Go Back In Time

    Every day, Google’s Street View cars capture massive amounts of data and the company then publishes them on Google Maps at regular intervals. Until now, the only images you could see on Google Maps were the latest images. Starting today, however, you will also be able to go back in time and see older images. When you’re in the Street View interface, you will now see a small clock… Read More

  • Google Maps Rival Mapbox Adds Smart Directions, A Navigation Service For Any App

    Google Maps Rival Mapbox Adds Smart Directions, A Navigation Service For Any App

    Mapbox, the OpenStreetMap-based mapping platform that lets app developers incorporate maps into any app, is adding another feature to better compete against the likes of Google Maps, ESRI and Nokia Maps: Smart Directions, a navigation service that developers can customise with extra details such type of terrain, specific places of interest, and current traffic conditions. Its first… Read More

  • Google I/O To Elevate Focus On Design

    Google I/O To Elevate Focus On Design

    For Google to win, it needs to attract the best designers to its team and get beautiful third-party apps built for its platforms. Yet, right now it’s Google’s rival Apple and the iOS ecosystem that are known for their style. So Google tells me it’s “doing a really big push around design” at its 2014 I/O conference by adding sessions on Android UX, wearable app… Read More

  • Google Makes Creating Maps Easier For Developers, Adds GeoJSON Support To JavaScript API

    Google Makes Creating Maps Easier For Developers, Adds GeoJSON Support To JavaScript API

    Google Maps is announcing a small update today that makes life a bit easier for developers who want to use the service by adding GeoJSON support to its JavaScript API. GeoJSON is an open-source data format that has found widespread adoption in the last few years and is quickly becoming something of an informal industry standard. The Google Maps JavaScript API currently supports a number of… Read More

  • Don’t Expect To Use Google Maps With Apple CarPlay

    Don’t Expect To Use Google Maps With Apple CarPlay

    Hopefully iPhone owners have gotten used to Apple Maps by now because it’s likely going to be the only mapping solution available through CarPlay. Apple just released a preview page for its forthcoming iOS vehicle integration. Called CarPlay, the system brings the iPhone’s core functionally to cars. Connect an iPhone 5 or later device through a Lightning cable, and the… Read More

  • Google Launches Maps Gallery To Make Public Data Maps More Discoverable

    Google Launches Maps Gallery To Make Public Data Maps More Discoverable

    Google today launched the Google Maps Gallery, an extension of the Google Maps Public Data Program it announced last October. The new gallery is meant to showcase maps from the organizations Google is working with, including the likes of National Geographic, the U.S. Geological Survey and the City of Edmonton, and to make them more discoverable. As Google Maps product manager Jordan… Read More

  • WTF
    Google Maps Mistakenly Labels Berlin Square After Hitler

    Google Maps Mistakenly Labels Berlin Square After Hitler

    Google lets anybody suggest changes to its maps, and on January 2, an anonymous user suggested that Theodor-Heuss square in Berlin shouldn’t be named after Germany’s first federal president but after Adolf Hitler. Google uses a small army of volunteers and its own moderators to check all submissions before they go live, and whoever checked this one apparently thought the… Read More

  • National Geographic Offers Up Over 500 Maps Through Google Maps Engine’s Public Data Program

    National Geographic Offers Up Over 500 Maps Through Google Maps Engine’s Public Data Program

    Google is launching an initiative to let organizations share their map data with the public, via Google’s Maps product and cloud-based infrastructure, and today partner National Geographic announced their participation in the project and shared some info via the official Google Maps blog. The partnership will mean that more than 500 reference and historic maps will now be available to… Read More

  • Embeds Return To New Google Maps, Will Soon Include Ads

    Embeds Return To New Google Maps, Will Soon Include Ads

    Google has quietly brought back embeds to its new Google Maps interface today and announced that it plans to include ads in these embedded maps in the coming weeks. When Google launched the new version of its online mapping service, it introduced a new look, more personalized maps and a slew of other features, but it also left out things like easy access to Streetview and the ability to take a… Read More

  • Sygic Fleshes Out Travel Experience With Features Powered By Groupon, Foursquare, And ParkMe

    Sygic Fleshes Out Travel Experience With Features Powered By Groupon, Foursquare, And ParkMe

    The offline navigation system Sygic is rounding out its offerings by integrating with Groupon, Foursquare, and ParkMe on a slew of new features for their U.S. and Canada user base. Although the Slovakian startup’s apps have accumulated 30 million users across 115 countries since 2004, Europe remains their biggest market. In order to lock down a larger swath of the Americas, Sygic is… Read More

  • New Google Maps For Desktop Brings Back Pegman, Adds Waze Data And 3D Earth Tours

    New Google Maps For Desktop Brings Back Pegman, Adds Waze Data And 3D Earth Tours

    Google today launched an update to its new Google Maps for desktop that brings traffic data from Waze to the desktop for the first time (it’s already integrated into the mobile Maps apps). This integration will bring information about traffic incidents, construction zones and road closures from Waze, which Google acquired earlier this year, to Google Maps on the desktop. In addition… Read More

  • Dear Google, What’s Wrong With You?

    Dear Google, What’s Wrong With You?

    Dear Google: What’s wrong? I ask because last weekend, while in San Francisco, I asked Google Maps for “hot chocolate mission” — and was promptly directed to an ARCO station in Fremont, 40 miles away. Similarly, last month I searched for “coffee” while in the Embarcadero Center, one of the denser coffee hotspots in America, and was sent to a Starbucks more… Read More