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Android for now, iOS later
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Context permeates chat
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Good-bye Daniel Graf
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Telenav now has two apps called Scout, but they offer different user interfaces and somewhat different functionality. One is for North America and the other — brought in through Telenav’s Skobbler takeover — for the rest of the world.
Slowly but surely, Nokia’s HERE Maps has worked its way to Android phones. It was a Samsung Galaxy exclusive but is now available for any phone running Android 4.1 and up. You won’t find it in the Google Play Store though.
Google-owned Waze is finding a new way to get detailed information about businesses and residences: The app has a new feature called Places which gathers crowd-sourced data to help the community, and likely Google Maps too.
Nokia tried to bring Here Maps to iOS before but it hit some bumps in the road. Now the company says it can offer a superior mapping experience on both iOS and Android at no charge and with offline features.
Photo spheres aren’t a type of picture you’d use on a regular basis but thanks to their immersive 360-degree imagery, they’re handy for sharing a detailed view of nearly any location on the planet. And now you can snap them on an iPhone or iPad.
If Uber beats Lyft to the punch on developing an API, it could do serious damage to its rival.
Apple Maps may be getting a little better at finding what you want thanks to a recent new hire. The company gained Benoit Dupin, former VP of Amazon’s A9 search team.
Apple wants to provide a better mapping experience than Google in the next version of its mobile operating system.
The Berlin startup scene also has another big exit to be proud of, with the deal carrying a value of just under $24 million.
A little bit of Google Now has made it into the latest update to the iOS Google Maps app, which now shows your flight, hotel and restaurant reservations.
Check out some of the very best in product experience design, according to these designers. Hear more from them at Roadmap on November 5th and 6th in San Francisco.
We’re excited to announce that Google Maps design gurus Jonah Jones and Bernhard Seefeld will be speaking at our third annual experience design conference RoadMap on November 5th and 6th in San Francisco.
It only took two months since Google bought Waze to bring the social, crowdsourced driving data to Google Maps. A new version of Maps for iOS and Android gains driving information while Waze gets Street View and satellite imagery.
Ads in the Google Maps app are relevant to what you searched for, but can send you farther out of the way than the actual nearest result.
The Google Maps app is an indispensable tool for finding your way around with your phone. Here are 10 ways to make the latest version work even better for you.
This is new to Google’s iOS app, but has been a feature of its Android maps app already.
Google has released a giant update for Maps on mobile, focusing more on discovery while sunsetting the social-focused Google Latitude.
Google Maps documented the internal and external surface of the world’s tallest building, the Burj Khalifa. Users can see every nook and cranny of the place — as well as astonishing views of Dubai below.
It’s now easier than ever to create your own maps — and to pick exactly what you want to feature. That’s a good thing, says the founder of one mapmaking firm, because more creative maps will lead to more creative ideas.
Sunrise tries to keep ahead of new iOS Calendar features coming in iOS 7 by adding Foursquare, Crunchbase integration into its app.
Google and the Catlin Seaview Survey are working as fast as they can to map the world’s coral reefs in Google Streetview. But the project’s founder fears he may be too late.
The GPS Navigation & Maps app combines OpenStreetMap-based maps with turn-by-turn navigation, with everything working offline as well as online. It’s a cheaper rival to TomTom and CoPilot, and one for privacy-minded Google users to consider.
Eight years after Google launched Maps as a beta product, the search giant is reinventing the map for a new data rich web that lives on fast broadband, and runs on computers with oomph to spare.
Barnes & Noble is integrating many Google services — including Google Play, Gmail, Google Maps and the Chrome browser — into its Nook HD and Nook HD+ tablets.
The OpenStreetMap-based app, already out there for Android users, can now be downloaded for iPhone and iPad. It’s a consumer play, but also a B2B showcase for Skobbler’s mapping technology.
The latest update to the app also includes quicker nearby search options and English language versions of the app and a choice of kilometers or miles in seven Middle Eastern countries.
The crowdsourced mapping project has now chalked up more than a million contributors, although fewer than 20,000 are active on a monthly basis.
It was clear last week it was going to be popular as it quickly shot to the top of the App Store’s download charts. But the release of the exact number helps illuminate the demand for Google’s app after Apple dropped it from iOS 6.
Exactly how many iPhone users downloaded the app isn’t clear — neither Google nor Apple has released any such statistics just yet. But zooming to the top of the free charts, bypassing mega-hits like YouTube, Angry Birds Star Wars and Snapchat, indicate a large volume of downloads.
Google Maps’ return to the iPhone has been much anticipated since Apple removed it as a default app with the launch of iOS 6 in September. For the first time on iOS, it has voice-guided directions.
The company announced several other updates to the Google Maps for Android API on Monday, including vector-based maps, better 2D and 3D maps, as well as indoor mapping.
Apple has said it’s working on improving its own Maps app, but there are many longtime iPhone users who’ve been anxiously awaiting the return of Google Maps to the platform. A new report indicates Google is testing a new Maps for iOS app now.
Google is said to be working on a new Maps app for iOS. But even if they do make one, and Apple approves it, having a Google Maps app on your device will not bring back the same Maps experience the you had in the past.
Google might be getting antsy about getting its mapping app for iOS approved by Apple. Monday anonymous sources at the company said they’re pessimistic that Apple will approve a competing Google Maps app. But that goes against what the company’s chairman has been saying.
Apple CEO, Tim Cook, has already apologized for the quality of Maps in iOS 6, which certainly acknowledges the issue. But how big of an issue is it? According to data from Snappli’s iOS app, people quickly adopted Apple Maps only to leave it even faster.
Here’s our daily pick of stories about Apple from around the web that you shouldn’t miss. Today’s installment: Google’s standoff with Apple over maps, a potential miscalculation of where iPhone buyers shopped, life in a Foxconn factory, and details on the iPhone 5’s Lightning adapter.
Here’s our daily pick of stories about Apple from around the web that you shouldn’t miss. Today’s installment: Apple is targeting Google Maps developers for help with its maps app, iPhone 5 stock, games could be harder to find in iOS 6 App Store, and more.
While some may be surprised by the seeming lack of quality control over the new Maps app from Apple, this situation is something of a tradition when the company rolls out a new service. Apple still isn’t as good at services as it is at hardware.
It looks like Apple’s new Maps app needed more time and development before it was pushed live. The general consensus is that while the maps look better and have welcome additions that weren’t included with Google Maps, there are still some key features missing.
Amazon is giving Kindle Fire developers a new maps API, providing an alternative to Google Maps. This could help developers become less dependent on Google. And it may show how Amazon plans on implementing native mapping in its tablets.
Indoor-positioning-startup Wifarer has landed its first customer, the Royal BC Museum, in Victoria, Canada. Wifarer and the BC, however, aren’t just slinging location-triggered coupons. The museum is using Wifarer technology to create an object-aware virtual guide to its exhibits.
Besides iPhone users, it’s the engineers behind the thousands of third-party iOS apps that are faced with navigating the switch from Google Maps to Apple’s new maps app in iOS 6. But the reaction from developers is that Apple has made the change easy on them.
A Wall Street Journal report details the falling out between Apple and Google over Google Maps on iOS devices. The two sides have bickered for years over the implementation of mapping technology, and it turns out Apple has already begun moving away from Google’s technology.
A new report indicates Apple is on the verge of replacing the Google Maps app altogether in the next version of iOS. Considering Apple’s history of buying up mapping technologies and its preference of using its own technology rather than third-party solutions, the report makes sense.
Google updated Maps for Android in a way that adds value to brick-and-mortar shoppers. Maps now includes indoor walking directions for stores, malls and such, plus users can find nearby Google Offers and 360-degree panoramic views of buildings and shops as well.
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Google is adding indoor mapping to Google Maps 6.0 for Android, which brings much of the power of its mapping product into large indoor public spaces. Users will be able to locate themselves on a map, which can identify which floor a user is on.
Google has snapped up The Dealmap, an aggregator of nearby shopping deals, in an acquisition that furthers its Google Offers ambitions. The purchase, whose price was not disclosed, shows that Google is proceeding even without its unsuccessful $6 billion bid for Groupon last year.
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Google has hit 200 million installs of Google Maps on mobile devices, said Marissa Mayer, Google’s VP of maps and local today. The milestone highlights Google’s strength in location especially in regards to mobile devices, which is benefitting from the rise of Android devices.
After helping improve maps in 183 countries and regions with Google Map Maker, Google is turning the power of crowd-sourced mapping on in the United States, a move that highlights the work Google is doing to own the local market.
Google today updated Maps for Android devices to version 5.3, adding a location dashboard and graphs showing the amount of time spent at work, home and out. Again, iOS users are left in the cold; it’s likely Apple will soon tell Google Maps to get lost.
Like breadcrumbs, a series of acquisitions, job postings, and service changes lead to the conclusion that a major change in maps on iOS is coming. The latest clue is a strongly-worded job posting that indicates “radical” improvements are in the cards for maps on iOS devices.
Google may have more distributed data than any other company but it still takes user input to create smarter machines. Google’s Voice Search speech recognition, for example, began to improve when the service started to train itself and improve accuracy through the use of end-user data
Verizon’s new paid Navigation service launches today, adding 3-D visuals, satellite mapping and Facebook integration. VZ Navigator VX is initially rolling out on three Android phones that have Google Maps navigation. Should carriers continue investing effort and money on paid services to compete against free ones?
In Silicon Valley, history often repeats itself. Most often it’s the tale of a startup that captures the attention of millions and topples its bigger, incumbent competitors. Then it becomes hated monopoly, despised for the control it wields. In the late ’80s and early ’90s, this tale belonged to Microsoft. Now, a current wave of anti-Google sentiment — both inside Silicon Valley and inside the Beltway — is on the rise, and the search giant is in danger of becoming Public Enemy Number One.
Google is revamping its Google Maps for Mobile product, relying less on the cloud and more on the processing power of the phone to help improve the experience and give users more offline help. The upgrade should appear first on newer Android devices soon.
Google has started to put ads on Google Maps in Australia. When you zoom in on the map, you see logos for local businesses and their locations. Google is making sure that despite being “branding” ads, the messages are contextual and relevant.
Did you know that Google Maps’ most-requested feature addition is biking directions, in large part due to a vocal 50,000-signature-strong group of “Bike There” petitioners? The petitioners’ wish is being granted tonight, with bike directions for 150 U.S. cities and 12,000 miles of trails going live.
I do a lot of my correspondence electronically, but sometimes I still need to mail a letter. I know where the blue USPS mailboxes are in my neighborhood, but it’s getting harder to find pickup locations when I’m on the road
Google Maps now has a series of “labs” features, allowing users to enable or disable enhancements such as aerial imagery (in certain locations only), as well as drag-and-zoom, smart zoom, location-based features, a satellite-imagery guessing game and other new options.
Taking a cue from Simon Mackie, editor of WebWorkerDaily and VC blogger Paul Kedrosky, I am sharing a list of articles I think you should read this weekend. An interview with Steve Jobs, an essay about life before Google Maps and MTV’s new logo are here.
Nokia, which recently launched a new, free version of its Ovi Maps app, may also open it up to outside developers via a more robust API than the one currently available as it looks to extends the app’s capabilities even further.
In an attempt to ward of competition from the likes of Google, Nokia’s has released new Ovi Maps software for free. With the new Ovi Maps app, Nokia has a chance to become the GPS-of-choice in countries where standalone navigation devices are hard to find.
As the year winds to a close, GigaOM Pro’s crack team of contributors takes a look back at what went right, what went wrong, and for whom in the world of mobile.
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In a move that is sure to strike fear in the heart of local news providers such as your newspaper or TV affiliate, Google News has added the ability to see local news based on your location. Aggregating local news stories from a variety of sources is nothing new for Google News, but this is the first time we have been able to see a specific city’s news items as a news category.
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