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Google Maps 4.7 released with Hotpot shared recommendations

Google has pushed out Google Maps 4.7, complete with integration with the company's new Hotpot rating and recommendation engine. Available through the Android Market, Google Maps 4.7 adds a new homescreen widget that allows for instant rating of places; those ratings are then used to further customize your search results. However, as you build up friends in Hotpot, the scores also help them find places; meanwhile their ratings and feedback shape your search results. Google Maps 4.7 is a free download now.

T-Mobile’s Comet A Star With Android 2.2

T-Mobile is scheduled to launch Comet with Android 2.2 on November 3. It's going to be the first entry-level smartphone with Android OS that will be available to both prepaid and postpaid customers. Not only will this device feature Android 2.2 OS, but it will have access to thousands of apps through Android Market.

Google WalkyTalky and Intersection Explorer aid vision-impaired Android users

Two Android apps intended for assisting blind or partially-sighted users are getting some attention of late, with Google's WalkyTalky and Intersection Explorer both being praised for their useful functionality.  WalkyTalky basically hooks into Google Maps navigation engine, but gives directions in spoken rather than just on-screen instructions.  It also reads out the street names you should be passing, so as to help users keep track of where they're walking. Intersection Explorer, meanwhile, allows users to preview their journey in a Street View style UI, complete with audio prompts as to which roads are being passed.  While that might not sound like much, it allows partially-sighted users to rehearse routes and thus feel more comfortable on their journey. Both apps are free downloads.  We quite like the idea of using WalkyTalky with headphones for more comprehensive audio-only navigation; there are plenty of times when whipping out your expensive Android smartphone doesn't seem like a great idea. [via TechCrunch]

Google Maps Updated to 4.5.1, brings weather to live wallpaper

The Google Maps Android application has just received another update. Just a few weeks ago an update brought voice search and the walking navigation Beta. Not much is known about this update but, from what we can tell, it brings weather into the live maps wallpaper. As seen in the screenshot below you now have a weather display directly on the live wallpaper.

Google Maps 4.5 – Now with Walking Navigation (Beta)

Google has just rolled out an update to their Maps application with a much requested feature, walking navigation. It comes meshed with the previously available walking directions and navigation features into one beta product - Walking Navigation (Beta v4.5).

Google Maps Updated to 4.4, Brings Places Into the Mix

Considering the nature of Google Maps, one should expect that it would be upgraded quite often. As it stands right now, we're at six updates in as many months, most of which brought something new and exciting to the software. This time around, Google's updated Maps to 4.4, and with it they're bringing the Places application.

Google Maps v4.3.0 adds public transit timings, more

Google has pushed out the latest update to Google Maps for Android devices, with v4.3.0 bringing with it improved information on public transport together with better usability for Latitude and venue listings.  Google Maps 4.3.0 now shows upcoming transit departure times for stations, meaning you should be able to time your journey more accurately. There's also suggestions in Latitude, Google's map-based friend tracking system, and more detailed ratings in venue listings.  For instance, places may now be rated for atmosphere and customer service. We've just installed v4.3.0 but are having trouble pulling up transit information, both for London tube stations and for the NYC metro.  The station listings show which lines are served, but tapping them doesn't pull up any timings.  Anyone else having better luck?G

Google Maps Navigation beta spreads to Canada & Europe

Google have pushed out Google Maps Navigation beta access to users across Europe and in Canada, extending the software's current availability which, so far, has been limited to the US and the UK.  The service updates the standard Google Maps app with turn-by-turn speech directions and voice control. France, Belgium, Italy, Germany, Spain, Denmark, Switzerland, Austria and the Netherlands all get Google Maps Navigation from today.  The update is available via the Android Market; let us know how you get on! [via the::unwired]

Movistar unveils the Ivy, a low-cost Android 2.1 phone with Huawei

While most of us wait in anticipation for the 2.1 OTA, a low-end device emerges with it preinstalled. Movistar, in partnership with Huawei, has launched a low-cost Android-powered handset called the Ivy. The Movistar IVY comes with the usual Google apps and is expected to launch shortly in Europe. .
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