28
Jul
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'Ello, 'ello, 'ello! What 'ave we here? It looks like Google is finally embracing public transport in London, adding public transport directions to its Google Maps application on Android devices.

From today, users can now get directions within London using both bus routes and the Underground, too. Using your current location to determine the best route to take to your destination, the application will provide you with a series of instructions that mix walking with various other transportation options.

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The release is certainly good timing for London, as it will host the 2012 Olympic games in just under a years time, so hopefully tourists will be able to find their way around the city with a little more ease thanks to the technology on offer. Now if only we had 3G reception on the tube...

Source: Google Mobile

John Thompson
John's been addicted to technology ever since he tinkered with his first custom built PC when he was 10 years old. He's also the proud owner of seven Amazon Kindles, but only because he destroyed the first six.

  • Mesmorino

    A coherent signal on the tube is going to be a major investment/expense for whoever's involved... They'll get round to it eventually, it's just a non-essential upgrade really.

    As for Google maps, I'll stick to Journey Pro and I advise all tourists to do the same. Not only does it include a tube map, it has a map of Greater London AND a map of the Thames. For transport options it has overground, DLR, national rail, london buses, river, plane, and TRAM. I haven't even SEEN a tram in London and I've been living here for over a decade. And this is before getting to the incongruity of taking a plane anywhere in London.

    It's a great addition to gmaps, no lie but journey pro is more flexible for me. Plus, Gmaps still isn't giving me the most direct (and thus fastest) route to where I need to go.

    • baley

      Yes there is reception in the tube, but its still good while you are on the surface trying to decide what route to take.

      • Mesmorino

        Did you mean to say there is *no* reception on the tube? Because except for the lines that go above ground in some parts, there is no signal anywhere else on the tube as most of the lines are at least one storey underground

  • http://androidpolice.com John Thompson

    Regarding the signal on the tube, I think Huawei offered to kit everything out at their own expense, but they wanted to tie London in to a long term contract where they get a big chunk of proceeds in return.

  • http://www.pretentiousname.com Leo Davidson

    Parts of central London now have 3D buildings when you zoom in enough, I noticed on Monday.

    Have a look at The Shard (tool building being constructed next to London Bridge) to see something weird: The cranes that are putting the building together have been turned into huge monoliths, due to the way the 3D data is created. :)