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Android Community Nightly: December 3rd, 2012

December is finally here folks. It's time to get out the Christmas decorations, put lights on the tree, and hopefully we get a Christmas themed Android collectible sometime soon from those folks at Dead Zebra. Today is December 3rd and welcome to another edition of the Android Community Nightly. Below you'll find all the news and stuff that mattered to us most.

Instant Google Street View could be coming soon

Good old Google is always thinking of ways to better their apps and services. Things like Google Maps Navigation, Street View, or the impressive instant Google search. Instant search and autocomplete was a huge task by Google and something we use daily. Start typing a word and it guesses it for you, saves you keystrokes, and works like a charm. What if we have instant Google street view too? Well, someone's developed exactly that.

Google Maps Navigation gets a green light in Mexico

Those folks from Mountain View have been working hard to bring their popular services to as many regions as possible. Yesterday it appears that the awesome Google Maps Navigation feature has been given the green light and is now available in Mexico. It's in a beta stage, but users in Mexico should be able to use and enjoy Maps Navigation with all the features we currently enjoy elsewhere.

Google readies indoor maps on Android for holiday shopping season

Black Friday and the holiday shopping season are right around the corner. This means its time to start planning where you are going to find your deals, and the quickest ways to get yourself in the store, to the items you want, and on to the next place to get your deals. Google is ready to help, with indoor Google Maps of select retailers that will help you get in, get the deals, and get out.

Google adds Public Alerts to Maps and Search on Android

Google's Public Alerts feature, which displays important events like storms and earthquakes, has been integrated with Search and Maps for Android. This should help users stay up to date with important information involving emergencies and important events. Of course, it features plenty of information on public enemy number one, Hurricane Sandy.

Google adds natural geography to Google Maps

Google has certainly been busy updating Maps in the month of October, and now, they've rolled out a new feature that shows terrain, color gradations to depict vegetation, and labels for natural land formations. This helps Google Maps provide even more detailed information to users of its service. Google Maps users can now find great forests, mountain ranges and other natural formations more easily.
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