Maps

  • Google’s Maps App For iOS And Android Gets Material Design And Uber Estimates

    Google’s Maps App For iOS And Android Gets Material Design And Uber Estimates

    Google has updated Maps to keep with the visual theme introduced with Android 5.0 Lollipop, which it calls material design. The new mobile apps now feature bold headers of solid flat colors and animations that evoke pieces of paper sliding over one another. The apps also offer new features, including reservations you can make at restaurants through the app via OpenTable, and both time and… Read More

  • Nokia Brings Its HERE Maps App To All Supported Android Phones

    Nokia Brings Its HERE Maps App To All Supported Android Phones

    This August, Nokia, the Finnish company that remains after selling its handset business to Microsoft, rolled out new versions of its HERE mapping product to Samsung smartphones, powered by both Android and Tizen. However, at the time, the company wouldn’t provide an ETA as to when other Android devices would gain access to HERE maps. That day, as it turns out, is today. According to a… Read More

  • Apple Explores Augmented Reality Navigation For iPhones

    Apple Explores Augmented Reality Navigation For iPhones

    Apple has two new patent applications out today (via AppleInsider) that show it’s been working on boosting the iPhone’s navigation abilities with augmented reality features. The patent describes a way that the iPhone could use its camera in combination with on-device software to generate virtual maps of your surroundings, which are overlaid on a real feed, and which can do things… Read More

  • Michael Halbherr Steps Down As CEO Of Here, Nokia’s Location And Mapping Division

    Michael Halbherr Steps Down As CEO Of Here, Nokia’s Location And Mapping Division

    Yet more changes for Nokia, the Finnish wireless behemoth that was split apart earlier this year when Microsoft acquired its devices and services business for $7.2 billion. Michael Halbherr, an eight-year veteran of the company, is stepping down as the CEO of Here, Nokia’s mapping and location services division. Here is one of the only mobile-device assets that Nokia held on to in… Read More

  • Yandex’s New Local Search App, Yandex.City, Goes Where No Yelp Has Gone Before

    Yandex’s New Local Search App, Yandex.City, Goes Where No Yelp Has Gone Before

    Yandex, Russia’s answer to Google, continues apace with its strategy to launch more products that stretch it beyond basic search. Today, it is tackling the business of local search with Yandex.City, an iOS, Android and web app that aggregates user reviews on restaurants, bars, shops, auto mechanics and more and then plots the results on a map based on what you’re looking for… Read More

  • Transportation Department Looks To Regulate Navigation Apps

    Transportation Department Looks To Regulate Navigation Apps

    The Transportation Department is angling for regulatory control over navigational apps as a part of the Obama administration’s proposed transportation bill, which is expected to pass later this year. This particular part of the bill would give the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration the ability to enforce a set of rules for navigation apps on smartphones, which many drivers… 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

  • Apple Acquires Spotsetter, A Social Search Engine For Places

    Apple Acquires Spotsetter, A Social Search Engine For Places

    Spotsetter, a social search engine using big data to offer personalized recommendations as to places to go, has been quietly snapped up by Apple, TechCrunch has learned. The technology, which involves layering social data on top of a maps interface could be used to beef up Apple Maps with features competitor Google lacks. The deal, we understand, was mainly about acquiring the technology and… Read More

  • Nokia Buys Desti To Add AI To HERE Maps, Will Shut App Down

    Nokia Buys Desti To Add AI To HERE Maps, Will Shut App Down

    Nokia, now lightened of its handset load thanks to Microsoft, has made an acquisition to expand its HERE mapping business, one of the assets that has remained with the Finnish company. It has bought Desti, a mapping startup and app maker that uses artificial intelligence and natural language processing to help people find what they are looking for. Desti is a spin-out from SRI International… Read More

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