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Shortcuts For Waze Makes It Easier To Search Or Navigate From Your Homescreen

Even though many of Waze's features for traffic and incident reporting have been implemented in Google Maps over the past months, the standalone app remains available for those who prefer it and have grown used to it. However, while Google Maps integrates with Google Now and has handy homescreen shortcuts, Waze still lacks an easy way to launch the app directly into a search or navigation. That's the shortcoming that Shortcuts for Waze aims to solve.

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[Watch Out For That Tree!] Google Maps Street View Rides A Zip Line Through The Amazon Rainforest

Google Maps lets you take a look at cities and landmarks from all over the world, but its Street View feature primarily allows you to take a virtual walk along roads and sidewalks. Yet that hasn't stopped Google from using it to show off the world's natural beauties and majestic man-made monuments alike. Without leaving your seat, you can view the Pyramids of Giza, and the beautifully cold parts of Greenland. Now Google will let you experience what it's like to ride a zip line through the Amazon rainforest.

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Google Maps Street View Takes A 360-Degree Look At Greenland's Ice, Ruins, And Landmarks

Greenland is a beautiful country situated at the top of North America but culturally associated with Europe. Now after working with Visit Greenland and Asiaq, Google is ready to share some of the island's treasures with more of the world though Street View.

You're able to take a 360-degree look at a number of the country's prominent tourist attractions, the most popular of which is the Ilulissat icefjord, a wall of ice the likes of which you just can't find in most parts of the world.

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Google Maps Is Adding Lane Guidance In 15 European Countries, Including Austria, Denmark, Finland, Greece, and Netherlands

Just days after its 10th birthday, Google Maps is not resting on its laurels. Maps is rolling out its lane guidance feature to 15 new countries, all of which are in Europe:

  • Austria
  • Belgium
  • Bulgaria
  • Czech Republic
  • Denmark
  • Finland
  • Greece
  • Hungary
  • Liechtenstein
  • Luxembourg
  • Netherlands
  • Norway
  • Portugal
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland

Finally, we can quit hearing about the lack of Maps features in Liechtenstein! While it has been over 6 months since lane guidance was added in the USA, it's always better late than never.

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[Birthday] Google Maps Turns 10 Years Old Today, Let's Take A Look Back

It might be hard to believe, but the Google Maps we know and love launched 10 years ago today. Before Android, Chrome, Google Plus, Youtube, and most of the other services that make up the core of the Google experience, we had Maps. And while it might be saying too much to argue that Maps led the way to Google's recent successes, it is certainly under-appreciated for its role.

The Beginning

Google Maps wasn't the first online map service. It also didn't obviously relate to Google's claim to fame: search. It's important to remember that by 2005, Google was no start-up anymore.

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[APK Download] Google Maps v9.4 Update Includes New 'Local Guides' Feature, Highlighting Top Reviewers

Coming with the latest Google Maps update is Local Guides, a new program meant to increase the number of reviews original to Google and highlight the best of them. It is both a feature addition to Maps and something that exists independently of it. Guides are people who will be rewarded for their reviews, while you benefit by having them as a more credible source of information.

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This looks similar to Yelp's Elite Reviewers, which is...well, similar. See below for an Elite Yelper in my area. Given that Google has decided to compete with Yelp, it makes sense that they'd want to do this.

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Google Maps Has A Cardboard-Compatible Trick Up Its Sleeve

Yesterday, Google Cardboard revealed that Maps has a pretty awesome easter egg hidden in plain sight - users can take a look at streetview through Cardboard with a simple tap.

As the gif below explains, users need only double-tap the "look around" FAB in streetview to trigger a stereoscopic view of the location they've looked up.

Slide your phone into a Cardboard viewer, and you can "see the sights" just like you were there (as long as you've got a fast connection, anyway).

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[Update: Changelog Posted] Google Maps v9.2 Adds Navigation Settings For Voice Level And Tilt, Auto-Corrects Misspelled Searches [APK Download]

The Maps team has been on a roll ever since the Material makeover early last month. None of the new features are inherently huge, but there is some serious fine-tuning going on. With the release of v9.1, businesses and landmark pages became more informative. The trend continues in v9.2 as there are new improvements to the interface for Navigation and search.

What's New

Google just updated the changelog on the Play Store page for Maps. A couple of these features look familiar and may have already been around, but not necessarily announced until now.

What's New
• Filter search results for restaurants by cuisine type
• See your Google contacts when searching for addresses
• Business owners, claim your listing page to manage your presence on Maps
• Bug fixes

The biggest change in this release can be found buried in the settings screen, about half-way down the list.

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[APK Teardown] Google Maps v9.2 Contains Elements For Crowdsourced Local Guides, Chromecasting, And Project Tango

Google Maps is one of those apps that will always have an enormous number of potential new features, so it's interesting to see the things Google is focusing on with each new release. We just saw an update to v9.2 with new navigation settings and auto-correct for searches, but there are plenty of other really interesting additions in the works. Let's take a look at some of the features we might have to look forward to. It's time for a teardown.

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Disclaimer: Teardowns are, by their nature, speculative and based on incomplete evidence. It's possible that the guesses made here are totally and completely wrong.
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Google Maps Navigation Lane Guidance Is Now Available In France, Germany, Italy, Ireland, Spain, And The United Kingdom

OK, European readers. We know Google doesn't always put a rush on features and products outside of the United States. America got lane guidance (which tells you which lane to get into before you approach a turn or exit) way back in May. It looks like US roads were the only ones on which this feature was available, at least until yesterday, when Google announced lane guidance for some European countries on the official Google Europe blog.

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Specifically, users in Germany, France, Italy, Spain, the United Kingdom, and the Republic of Ireland now have access to lane guidance while turn-by-turn navigation is active.

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