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Huawei reaches agreement with TomTom to create Google Maps replacement

The never-ending drama between Huawei and the United States government has only sped up the company's desire to rid its dependence on U.S. technology. Huawei is already making its own operating system and app store, and now Huawei's phones will have a mapping tool ⁠— courtesy of TomTom.

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The best free and open-source alternatives to Google Maps on Android

We've already covered the best open-source alternatives to Gmail and Google Calendar, but there's still plenty of ground to cover as we head into 2020. Now it's time to take a look at alternatives to Google Maps — something that is widely regarded as being better than every other mapping service.

I won't make you wait for the conclusion: none of these offer the same feature set you get with Google Maps. As sad as it is, Google's advanced traffic detection and point-of-interest data are only possible when you have an install base counting in the millions. However, if all you need to do is get from point A to B, other apps can do the job.

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'Motorcycle mode' in Google Maps is popping up for many in India (Update: More countries)

There are a lot of people in the world who ride motorcycles, especially in more crowded areas where cars don't fit especially well. India is one of those places, and many users there are now noticing a 'motorcycle mode' showing up in their Maps alongside car, train, and walking options.

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Google Maps working on street lighting layer to help you stay safe at night

Google Maps has become an indispensable tool for many of us when we travel, offering a good enough one-stop solution for our navigation and exploration needs at most times. Google is constantly working on improving aspects of the service, recently adding landmark icons and a feature that alerts you when your taxi is going off-route. It looks like the company is also preparing a layer that highlights brightly lit streets so you can stay safe at night, especially when walking alone.

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Google Maps to show Local Guides recommendations in 'For You' tab

Maps has gradually evolved from being a simple navigation app to a Yelp competitor. Thanks to the ability for users to share photos and ratings, Google's service has turned into a social platform. These are used to identify popular places and surface them to people through the Explore feature. The company has recently put a stronger emphasis on the latter by making it easier to use and more visible. It's now testing a new functionality, allowing users to follow Local Guides for even more personalized recommendations.

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Google Maps adds large city landmark icons

When you're researching or traveling to a new city, it helps to know where the popular attractions and landmarks are. Google Maps can provide this information, but most important points of interest are lost among a sea of blue, orange, and green icons. Thanks to a recent change, these major landmarks are getting dotted with a larger icon, providing quick, at-a-glance visibility.

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Google Duplex makes its way to New Zealand but only to check business' opening hours

Google's AI-based assistant that makes automated calls to businesses is starting to expand internationally. After a wide rollout in most US states, the service is now coming to New Zealand as part of a limited pilot.

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[Update: Rolling out] Google Maps expands Waze-like crowdsourcing with new incident types

Ever since Google purchased fellow map maker Waze in 2013, crowdsourced contribution features have slowly made their way to Maps. We've been seeing this support grow with the ability for users to report things like speed traps, slowdowns, and just last month, road construction. Now Google's formally recognizing that construction expansion, as well as announcing the addition of a few other obstructions.

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Google Maps in Android Auto adds some helpful new buttons

Android Auto's comprehensive overhaul recently rolled out to everyone, but Google isn't done with tweaking the interface. We've seen multiple reports of the navigation UI getting a few handy new buttons, including one for alternate routes that people seem to be very excited about.

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Google Maps is rolling out 'Live View' AR walking navigation to more users

Back in February, Google started testing an AR navigation feature that leveraged a phone's camera to overlay directions pointing towards a user's destination. The functionality has been available to Local Guides for the past few months, and the company is now rolling it out more globally after successful testing. For the occasion, it has also given it a name: Live View.

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