Tag: maps

Google Maps will use your camera to determine your location more accurately

Have you ever come out of the subway running late for a meeting with no clue which way you’re supposed to go? Sure, Maps will tell you how to get to your appointment, but only if it’s aware of where you are and what direction you’re facing. Sometimes it “thinks” it knows these, even though the data it’s […]

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Microsoft introduces Azure Maps Android SDK in preview, new Azure Maps services

Microsoft today announced a slew of new capabilities for Azure Maps, its enterprise geospatial suite. The additions include a software development kit (SDK) for Android, cloud-based services, map tiles, and integration with Azure Active Directory. Additionally, several services — including Route Range, Get Search Polygon, and Satellite and Hybrid Imagery — have […]

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Google Maps is finally getting that crazy AR walking navigation, testing with Local Guides

Back in May, Google showcased an innovative navigation system that leveraged the phone’s camera to provide augmented reality GPS guidance. Although the demo was very promising, the feature wasn’t expected to be immediately available, even for testing. However, the company is now letting select people, mostly Local Guides with access to a preview version of […]

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Weekend poll: Which do you use more, Google Maps or Waze?

In the last week, Google Maps has been rolling out some welcome navigational improvements. We’ve got support for speed limits and speed traps, now, both of which sound pretty familiar. As this Waze-ification of Maps continues, we realize we’ve never actually asked our readers: Which of the two apps do you use more? I strongly suspect there’s […]

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Google Maps speed limit feature goes live for some across the United States

If you’ve never heard of speed limits popping up in Google Maps, we can’t blame you. As of July 2017, Maps’ speed limit feature was only confirmed to work in two areas: San Francisco, California and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. There’s been little news since then, but tonight we received three tips from different parts […]

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Google Maps finally gets usable voice commands with Assistant integration

Today Google is (finally!) announcing its rollout of real Assistant integration into Google Maps, though it was spotted in testing late last year, and announced at I/O. Gone are the days of limited voice controls in navigation. Soon we’ll all be able to harness Google’s full Assistant and all its enhanced functionality — from asking […]

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8 Places Where Smartphones Tracked People’s Movements

The business of location data has grown dramatically in recent years, a New York Times investigation found. Apps on smartphones send precise location data sometimes thousands of times a day. Companies prize the information, which can help advertisers target consumers and investments funds understand trends. Though the raw data is […]

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Google’s Find My Device can now map out exactly where you left your phone inside some buildings

Find My Device is a lifesaver feature for the absentminded among us. Even if you’ve just left your phone in the couch cushions, you can use the feature to ring it. Now, the service has picked up a new feature that can help in more dire circumstances: it can now show where your phone is […]

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Google Maps revamps navigation settings, lets you force the dark color scheme all the time

Google Maps keeps on rolling one change after the other. In October alone, we’ve seen the new Commute tab and music controls, overhauled hotel listings, star ratings on the map, EV charging stations, dish tagging, and more. But there’s one more change that was spotted a couple of weeks ago that we would have missed if […]

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The Red Dead Redemption II Companion app can help you navigate the fictional frontier

Red Dead Redemption II dropped at midnight on Friday, so if you’re reading this, you’ve probably already put somewhere between a few and 40 hours into it. But in a game of this scale, there’s plenty to see, and developer Rockstar Games has released a companion app for smartphones and tablets that’ll help you find […]

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Google to embed user-friendly data privacy controls into Search, Maps, and more

It seems like a new data privacy scandal crops up every day for some major tech company or another (okay, mostly Facebook) — but Google is working to opt out of that pattern. The tech giant has announced that it is building data privacy controls — and clear explanations of what it does with user data […]

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Google Maps is making it easier to find electric vehicle charging stations

Electric vehicles still make up a relatively small portion of cars on the road, and places to refuel them aren’t nearly as ubiquitous as gas stations. Google is taking steps to make living an EV lifestyle a little less of a pain, adding new information about charging stations to Google Maps starting this week. When […]

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Google Maps to put star ratings right on the map

Everyone’s favorite Map app has gone through some pretty major design changes in recent months, but smaller adjustments happen all the time that could easily go unnoticed. The most recent of those that we’ve been made aware of is the introduction of star ratings for bars and restaurants right in the map view.   Before […]

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Maps on Android Auto is getting a new layout and Material makeover

When you’re hopping into your car and starting up navigation with Google Maps, you might be in for a surprise as the UI is getting some pretty significant changes. This isn’t just about adding rounded corners or tweaking some colors, a few parts of the UI have been moved around and behave a bit differently, […]

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FYI: Google Maps can suggest parking spots near your destination

It can be tough to pinpoint when specific features go live, given Google’s perchance for silently flipping switches and subsequent, months-later announcements. In this case, we know Maps has been prepping for near-route parking since early last year, and some time between now and then, (likely around the beginning of this year) that switch was […]

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[Why?] Google Maps tests a standalone Map tab, separating it from the driving and transit views

You open a maps application, you expect to see a map of where you are. It’s common sense, yet we have to start this news article with this pretty basic knowledge bit. The reason? Whoever is behind the latest Google Maps server-side test seems to have missed that “Map app making 101” lesson and went […]

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