Google-Maps

  • 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