gps

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.

Glympse for Android update brings Evernote archiving

Glympse is an app that allows you to share your current location with others. The nice part of Glympse is how this is all handled -- on your terms. You create the Glympse and then choose who you want to share with and for how long. You can share over email or SMS as well as social sites. As of today Glympse has added some new features for Android users.

Garmin Monterra handheld GPS arrives powered by Android

Garmin has officially announced the Monterra and while this handheld device has the looks of a smartphone, it is actually a handheld outdoor GPS unit. The interesting part is that the Monterra is running Android. Garmin has said this is their first WiFi-enabled outdoor handheld GPS with Android. Being an Android device, the Monterra will have access to the Play Store, however putting that aside, there are some outdoor specific features that may be a bit more important for some users.

Waze v3.7 update brings Facebook Events integration

There has been plenty of chatter dealing with a possible acquisition of Waze. We have heard a few possible company names being thrown around, one of which is Facebook. And while this latest bit of Waze news isn't dealing with an acquisition by Facebook, we are seeing news that involves Facebook. Basically, Waze v3.7 has been released and part of the update includes integration with Facebook Events.

GPS use while driving must be done hands-free in California

It seems pretty well understood that you should not text or talk while driving, however with the full-featured smartphones that we are using these days -- that still leaves plenty of other features. You have the option to use your smartphone as a media player and also navigation to name a few. But now it seems that the not talking or texting while driving is turning into a case of do not pick up your phone at all while driving.

Google patent has camera checking local weather for optimal settings

Google's been on a roll lately with patents and they aren't slowing down anytime soon, even if a few of those patents are for odd features we might never see in a smartphone. That or Google is taking the way Google Now works to other aspects of our devices. This new patent has our cameras checking GPS and local weather to enable optimal settings for the perfect photo-taking experience.

Pole Star indoor GPS service will support Android

I think most of us know from experience that trying to find your way around a large indoor location such as a convention center or an unfamiliar mall can be very challenging. You can wander around in unfamiliar mall looking for a specific store or finally break down and ask some complete stranger where the store you need is located. Another option is a new application for Android devices called Pole Star.

ViewRanger for the outdoorsy Android users gets updated

If you're an outdoorsy type of Android user, you may be familiar with the outdoor GPS app called ViewRanger. The developers behind the application have announced a significant new update for the Android application bringing it to version 3.5.0. The update was released this month and is available to download now.

Apple buys WiFiSlam, looks to take on Google’s indoor Maps

Today we've learned that the folks over in Cupertino from Apple have just purchased the popular Android-friendly indoor mapping company WiFiSLAM to the tune of around $20 million. WiFiSLAM is an indoor mapping start-up company from Silicon Valley, one that many Android developers have been using to integrate indoor features to their Android apps. It sounds like Apple is trying to improve their Maps offering - and quick.
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