Google Maps

45 more countries now have Google Map Maker back

Three months after Google decided to temporarily shut down their Map Maker tool because of some users that abused the features, the tech giant has finally announced that they are bringing it back online in 45 more countries, including the US. Two weeks ago, 6 countries were given back this privilege and after some fine-tuning, Google is now opening up Map Maker, but with a few changes to try and ensure the incidents don’t happen again.

Google testing out food picture-taking feature for Maps

Google may have scraped their supposed foodie photo app Tablescape for some reason or another, but that doesn’t mean they’re giving up on getting something running to satisfy the frustrated food stylist/photographer in all of us. They did promise us that some elements or influence of the closed experiment may make its way to some other future apps. Well, it’s not a future app, but it looks Google Maps is the one they’re integrating it with.

Google Maps updated with easy Street View access

Google Maps is no doubt one of Google's best projects ever since it actually began. It has changed the mapping and navigation industries big time. More enhancements have been made when the Android version was released because more people are no longer at risk of getting lost. Having a digital map on mobile device can be really helpful especially if you're going to or already in a new place you are not familiar with.

Google Maps and API for Android Wear updated, more travel apps integrated

The Android Wear wearable platform by Google is expected to get bigger and better this year as the Internet giant continues to introduce new features and develop new functions. There's always something new to explore and if you have an Android Wear device, you can get all the information you need even if you are in an unfamiliar area. Why, Google has updated the API for Android Wear and Google Maps app recently to bring data you need in a timely manner.

Google launches Your Timeline, will show where you’ve been

Google has something new for those who are always sentimental about all the memories and the places they’ve been and explored already. Others will not understand going back to memory lane but it’s not being dramatic. It’s about making and keeping memories that will last a lifetime. That becomes easier especially in this digital age where we can post, share, and save notes and photos anywhere in the web. Google knows how important it is to keep track of information and save them for future reference.

Google Map Maker edits to be available again by August

Was it just a few months ago when Google pulled the editing ability for its Map Makers due to some stupid users who made “attacks” (and some racist ones too) on the poor, hapless longitudes and latitudes? Well, hopefully, Google has managed to get things under control because they just announce that they be reopening Map Maker for edits starting this August. But they will be doing so with a new model, with some moderation still being done by Google operators, but now giving freedom to regional mappers as well.

Maps v9.11 APK now ready, hides UI elements and adds sharing for My Maps

Google Maps has recently received an update. If it weren’t for an APK download, we won’t notice that some of the elements in the user interface can be dismissed or hidden. You see, there are some items on the screen that are not important or are not always used that we can actually do away with them. In Google Maps app version 9.11, you can now remove elements by simply tapping on the screen.

India now gets real-time traffic update in Google Maps

One of the worst things about living in the city is getting stuck in traffic jams, especially if you're on your way to a crucial appointment. While India may not be considered the worst when it comes to traffic congestion, some cities in the country may very well be in the top 100 or something. That is why Google Maps in India has now finally started adding traffic information in 12 cities, helping drivers see real-time the conditions on the roads including all national highways and expressways.

US railroad crossings to be included in Google Maps soon

You would think that Google Maps already has it all, in terms of helping both drivers and commuters to navigate the ins and outs of but apparently, there's still one missing component and including it might just save some lives. The Federal Railway Administration (FRA) has officially requested Google Maps to include the various railway crossings across the US onto their navigation systems, providing guidance for drivers who are either visitors to a specific area or those driving during nighttime when light is scarce in the area.
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