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Google Maps for Android now includes local search-based advertisements

It is no secret that Google makes money based on advertising. Services like Gmail have long included advertisements and moving forward you will likely be noticing some on Google Maps. While this may sound like a terrible move for the average user, it may actually be the opposite. To begin with, these advertisements are based on your search queries. They are also going to be returning results that are local to your location.

Google launches “Views” as photo sphere community

Google has recently launched a new community based site. This latest is called Views and it deals with photo sphere images. More specifically, being able to easily share those photo sphere images with others. The Views community connects with Google Maps and of course, the photo sphere images can be captured by those with a device running Android 4.2 or later.

Google Maps offline mapping returns with new ‘make offline’ button

Following a bit of an outcry from users, Google has once again updated Google Maps for Android and this time around they addressed the issue of offline maps. This all came as a result of the Google Maps v7 update that was announced just about a day ago. It seems, while not removing offline maps completely, Google had that functionality hidden a bit and only accessible by typing "OK Maps" into the search bar.

Google Maps v7 detailed: Latitude killed, Offline maps hidden

Google has officially detailed Google Maps for Android v7, and while there are are some useful new features, some of the most appreciated aspects of the app have been hidden or removed altogether. Spotted in the Play Store earlier today, the new app refreshes the design based on what Google did over on iOS previously, with a new Explore section that auto-predicts places to eat, drink, or stay in Google Now style cards as you type.
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