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Why Google Latitude is About to Crush FourSquare

If you'll take a look below at a bit of the description of the new features on Google Latitude, a close relative of Google Maps, you'll see that its coming rather close to, and in some cases stepping right on the feet of, the mecha-social-monster Foursquare and their social media game. By the numbers, there were 381,576,305 check-ins during the year 2010, all of them on Foursquare, this same year seeing a growth in users by 3400%. Altogether there have been over 6,000,000 people to sign up for Foursquare since its inception in March 11, 2009. Google Latitude boasts 10,000,000 users participating each and every month.

Nexus S in Space at 100,000 FT – with Android Toy!

You might be aware that a few days ago some students from the University of California teamed up with Google Engineers to send a Nexus S into space. What you might not know is there's super cute video to go with - and what went into space with the handset? At least one cute little vinyl plastic Android toy - Hooray! Check out the full video of this fun team jamming payloads 100,000 ft above the earth, handsets running Google Maps for Mobile 5.0, Google Sky Map, Latitude, and the teams own custom sensor logging app.

Google Maps 5 Available Now in the Market [Updated with Video]

We had already seen it shown off at LeWeb 2010, and then again by Google, but all that did was make us want it more. Finally, Google has officially released the latest, and truthfully greatest, version of Google Maps for the Android platform. You can download it right now in the Market, as long as you have an Android powered handset that's running Android 2.0 or later. Just in time for that Nexus S launch, right?

Maps 5.0 on the Nexus S Demoed by Google

Google has just posted a walkthrough of the new Maps 5.0 running on the Nexus S to its official YouTube page. The video gives a 2:30 minute look at the new Google Maps including the full 3D maps that it offers.

Google Maps 5.0 Gets Shown Off on Nexus S at LeWeb 2010 [Video]

Using her time well at LeWeb 2010, Google VP Marissa Mayer went up on stage, and started talking about what people can expect from the next big update to Google Maps. The 5.0 update will bring with it plenty of improvements to the system itself, as well as plenty of extra features on the aesthetic end of things, so using the application will be just as enjoyable as useful. Of course, just talking about it is one thing -- showing it off is another.

Google Maps for Mobile 5.0 incoming: 3D dynamic mapping, caching, more

Andy Rubin didn't spend much time talking about Motorola's Honeycomb tablet; instead he used the slate to preview the incoming update for Google Maps for Mobile 5.0. The new version adds dynamic map building with building outlines for 100 cities at launch, new multitouch gestures including two-finger tilt & rotate, and offline caching for common routes and searches. Only certain Android devices will support all the features of Google Maps for Mobile 5.0, which is due out in the next few days. The Nexus One, apparently, lacks the multitouch support for rotating the views; the full list of supported handsets is below.
  • Galaxy S
  • Droid
  • Droid X
  • Droid 2
  • Droid Incredible
  • Evo
  • Nexus S
  • G2
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Verizon Pastes iPhone Maps App into Droid X Ad

Woopsie! Looks like a graphic designer working with Verizon is about to have their wrist slapped as they've got a Motorola Droid X ad up promoting Google Maps voice guided feature - but with the wrong image on the screen. Take a close look and note that the nearby BlackBerry Storm2 is, indeed, running the correct version of Slacker radio.

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]
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