Google-Maps

  • 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 design, speech interfaces, and more. 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 car’s… 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 Breckenridge… 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 submission was correct. 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 browse as an… 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 map… 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 hoping to use… 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, this… 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 than two miles away. And it hasn't… Read More