Google Maps

Google Maps updated in time for Memorial Day, traffic alerts added

Memorial Day in the US is happening in a few days time and I'm sure you've started planning how you're going to spend the holiday. Summer is about to start so you're probably thinking of going to the beach but first, you have to plan really well. Traffic that day is expected to go really crazy, you might as well decide to celebrate in the comforts of your own home, in your backyard, watching or joining a local parade. But if you're set to go somewhere else, check Google Maps first to find the best route so you could reach your destination on time.

Google Maps for Android Wear pops up after phone app update

If Android Wear devices are expected to be worn on the wrist most of the time, we might as well take advantage of the features, new and old ones, and those navigation features we're only discovering. Those who regularly use Google Maps and actually have a smartwatch will notice a Google Maps app on your Android Wear device, or at least, those smartwatches that run the latest Android Wear software update.

Google Maps to now have translucent status bar

Raise your hand if you've constantly been annoyed when you see the black status bar on Google Maps, particularly when it's being very obtrusive as you're navigating your way through a strange place? Probably all of us Maps users have been "victimized" by this black monstrosity. Finally, Google has also probably had enough of it, and in the upcoming newest update of Google Maps, it has been replaced by a translucent bar, finally.

Google halts Map Maker due to “escalated attacks”

In another round of "this is why we can't have nice things", Google has decided to stop allowing users to edit stuff via its Map Maker. This is due to the fact that there have been a lot of "pranks" (otherwise known as people with too much time on their hands) in the edits that some users have been making, including an Android mascot peeing on an Apple logo, among others.

Updated Google Maps now allows quick access to flights, hotel bookings

The Google Maps app got a recent minor update to v9.8. Version was released earlier this week on the Play Store and included adding batch photo uploads plus restricting bookings from being shown in location screens. In this app update, doing a search will also yield results related to your personal bookings already made and saved. When you search for your hotels, flights, events, or reservations, Google Maps will also show a short list of related results.

Google search can send directions to your Android phone

Sending directions from a Google desktop search to an Android phone is now made easier. Before digital maps and traffic apps, I would just rely on my email for reading the directions I listed down or simply look on a screenshot of a Google Maps page. That seems so last decade ago but apps make life more convenient. But then you don't always have the time to save or check your maps. Other maps require Internet access or GPS. What if you can't find a decent connection and you really need to be some place? Google has finally allowed Android phones to receive directions from a computer.

Google welcomes April Fools with Google Maps Pacman invasion

Trust Google to always be creative in the way they celebrate online events. April Fools is such a big thing on the internet right now that it’s quite impossible for Google not to do something, as they have done for the past few years. This morning, the mothership started the cute prank early, with respect to time zones who were already on April 1st – this particular one involved our favorite pellet-chomping video game hero Pacman.

View custom My Maps on your Google Maps app for Android

Don't be confused with the two. Google Maps and My Maps are two different apps but they have almost similar purpose. That is, to help you with navigation and prevent you from getting lost. Google recently announced that you can now view your saved My Maps on the updated Google Maps app for Android. This means those custom maps you've been saving for future use can be viewed right on the Google Maps app for Android.

Google Maps is part of Become A Kingsman interactive game

If you enjoyed the movie Kingsman: The Secret Service and would like to become a cool super spy like Colin Firth, you better have Google Maps installed in your smartphone to be able to get the chance to go on an interactive adventure. Your smartphone will not just be your constant companion, but it can actually turn into a "multi-purpose superspy gadget" as you try to finish the tasks set for you in order to Become A Kingsman.
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