Google Maps looks way nicer now, plus less confusing thanks to a much-needed visual revamp. A smattering of icons and color schemes are headed over the next few months to make traveling, driving, and transit better.
Apps/Software November 16, 2017
Google Maps and Google News Lab teamed up to create the Mapping Thanksgiving page, which includes a tool to help families avoid Thanksgiving traffic. The page also includes some interesting information on what users search for during the holiday.
Google November 15, 2017
Google has upgraded its Street View cameras to see the world better. It will feed such photos to its machine learning technology as a way to index the world and provide better, more nuanced location info.
Google September 6, 2017
Google Maps for Android has now been updated to include more cities in the parking difficulty feature. It can now also display all available parking spots in a given area.
Apps/Software August 30, 2017
In France, Apple has turned to freelancers to help improve the accuracy of Apple Maps. Apple is looking to make the mapping service a better competitor to Google Maps, and now has both drones and humans working for the cause.
Apple June 3, 2017
Several apps have quietly removed support for the Apple Watch. Without any official announcements, no one knows if the disappearances are permanent or not.
Wearable Tech May 2, 2017
Google shut down its Map Maker on March 31 and many key features are integrated into Google Maps. The company would strive to incorporate minor features of Google Map Maker into Google Maps in the near term.
Google April 3, 2017
Google started testing a neat 'Save Your Parking' feature with a recent Google Maps beta, aiming to help users locate their car faster. After just 10 days of testing, however, the feature has been removed.
Apps/Software March 30, 2017
Google Maps will soon receive a feature that will allow users to share their real-time location with others. The feature will be a very useful one due to its potential applications, but it also raises certain concerns on user privacy.
Google March 23, 2017
Google has released a beta version of Google Maps for Android, which adds parking and meter reminders. The features, however, look pale at present owing to the lack of any form of automation.
Apps/Software March 21, 2017
Google Maps got a neat new update that now allows users to create lists and share them with friends and family. Here's a quick guide on how to create shareable lists in Google Maps, and how they could come in handy.
Google February 14, 2017
Google Maps add new list features that allows users to create a bucket list of places to visit, share lists to recommend places for friends and follow their friends lists.
Apps/Software February 13, 2017
Google has announced that it will be adding three new tabs to its navigation app. The new tabs are Places, Driving, and Transit, and will make it easier to get information from the app.
Apps/Software February 7, 2017
Google announced that it will be adding a new feature to its Google Maps app that allows drivers to know if they will have difficulty finding a parking spot. The feature will be initially available to 25 cities in the US.
Apps/Software January 29, 2017
Google Maps for iOS has been updated with the Live Popular Times feature. The Live Popular Times assists in better navigation and is now available for iOS users of the Google Maps app.
Apps/Software January 26, 2017
Google Maps can be accessed in the offline mode through your iPhone and iPad even without any Internet access. Here's a guide on how to use this handy feature.
Apple January 24, 2017
Google has already released a beta build of Maps that enables the app to provide parking details in a specific location. The company has not yet provided any information regarding the launch of its stable version.
Google January 18, 2017
After mapping areas in Mexico, Canada, South Africa, and the United Kingdom, Uber is now starting to gather mapping data on the streets of Gold Coast, Australia.
Car Tech January 16, 2017
Google has expanded the capability of its Maps with a new update for iOS and Android. Now users will be able to book their Uber ride directly from the app.
Apps/Software January 13, 2017
According to consumer research company Nielsen, Facebook and Google dominated the list of top 10 apps in the United States for 2016. The report also revealed the top operating systems for smartphones in the country for the third quarter.
Apps/Software December 28, 2016
Google Maps has a new feature that displays information on whether a location is accessible by wheelchair. The feature is the latest product of Google's famous '20 percent time' policy.
Google December 19, 2016
While there are around 20,000 apps available for the Apple Watch not all of these are useful. Here is a list of some that you will most likely use, make you more productive and even enjoy.
Apple December 18, 2016
Apple has been tirelessly working on improving its Maps and it reportedly has big plans for the future. The company plans to use drones to infuse Apple Maps with a range of fresh data to challenge Google Maps, and some indoor mapping is reportedly in the cards as well.
Apple December 1, 2016
A prankster successfully replaced the Trump Tower at Google Maps last Saturday. Google was only able to revert the label back after users began talking about the error in social media.
Apps/Software November 28, 2016
Google introduced its 'Popular Times' feature for Google Maps last year, letting users know how busy places typically are at different times. A recent update of Google Maps now updates users with real-time data on how busy an area is.
Google November 24, 2016
Google has introduced a very important feature to Google Maps in time for Black Friday and Thanksgiving. It is going to let you know how many people are in one place and how long they are staying there so you can plan the best time to go or avoid it entirely.
Google November 22, 2016
Google will start closing Panoramio on Nov. 4 because its features are already being offered in Google Maps and the company's Local Guides program. Users will, however, still be able to access their photos for a year.
Google October 9, 2016
Google's latest update to its Maps application integrates Calendar to give users a visual reference to their appointments. Calendar entries will begin showing up in the app as events as well as the directions to get there.
Google October 1, 2016
Google Street View blurs an ordinary cow's face as it was grazing, and as expected, the bovine puns started coming in. Hilarity aside, it shows that the company's face recognition technology needs some tweaks.
Google September 17, 2016
Google Maps may get a new Explore interface, suggests Google Maps beta testers. The interface in the works has a card-like design as found in Google Now.
Apps/Software September 12, 2016
Google Maps is no longer limited to Uber when it comes to ride-haling options. Lyft and Gett are now joining the scene, effectively making the app an all-in-one place for various booking services.
Google September 9, 2016
Google Maps for Android just got better-suited for emerging markets, with Wi-Fi-only option and SD storage capability. The company also offers more transportation possibilities than before, which should come in handy for tourists in many markets.
Apps/Software August 9, 2016
Google's Arts & Culture initiative, aptly titled 'Beyond the Map,' documents the pulsating rhythm of life in Rio's favelas. While Google launched Doodle Games inspired by the 2016 Olympics, Beyond the Map shows the human face of the urban community.
Google August 7, 2016
Google has launched a fun new app for Android called 'Verne: The Himalayas,' which lets children explore the Himalayas in 3D as a 500-foot tall Yeti called Verne.
Google August 4, 2016
Apple mobile device owners can finally plan multiple-destination trips inside and out of the city, thanks to the feature landing on the Google Maps iOS app. The update is just one in a series of recent Google Maps improvements.
Apps/Software August 1, 2016
Uber invests $500 million to develop its own maps and reduce dependency on Google Maps. Developing in-house maps will help Uber in precisely marking pickup and dropoff locations on maps.
Business Tech August 1, 2016
Google has recently rolled out a few simple graphical enhancements on its Google Maps platform for all devices that carry the feature. The updated user interface (UI) will now sport a cleaner look while still highlighting the important aspects of an area.
Google July 26, 2016
Google Maps recently expanded its feature for Android users, but the new capabilities still require some testing. However, they are promising as they could help save cellular data and time for commuters.
Google July 25, 2016
Reports are speculating that a new feature for Google Maps on Android may be hitting the app very soon. The update is expected to bring the desktop-limited functionality of adding multiple destinations on a navigation route to smartphone devices.
Google July 1, 2016
Google Maps started rolling out a new feature for Android that allows users to set multiple 'stops' or destinations when getting directions.
Apps/Software June 30, 2016
Google improved the satellite imagery for its Google Earth and Google Maps services. It pushed out an update that brings clearer and sharper images from its new Landsat 8 satellite.
Google June 28, 2016
India wants no part of Google Street View, at least for the time being. Under the umbrella of 'security risks,' the Home Ministry rejected the service, but the search engine company seems unwilling to give up.
Google June 11, 2016
The Google Maps APK for Android was scrutinized by XDA developers, and the experts found hints of major features coming our way. The update to the navigation app should pack shareable ETA information, Shortcuts and more.
Apps/Software June 1, 2016
Google has revealed that both Google Maps and Google.com are getting local search ads, which will endorse certain locations as promoted pins. This will aid businesses in luring more local customers.
Apps/Software May 25, 2016
Google has appealed again to the South Korean government to provide detailed digital maps of the country. The plea comes as the restrictions are hindering the efforts of firms that rely on accurate driving directions for their apps and services.
Apps/Software May 18, 2016