Accordingly, “Google Maps” on the iPhone is not exactly that. Google provides the local data and some other things but Apple dictates and controls the ultimate user experience. Apple controls mapping on iOS I had logically assumed that we weren’t seeing all the cool Google Maps updates and features (i.e., indoor navigation) on the iPhone because Google was withholding them for competitive reasons: to boost Android. This theory of mine may be quite inaccurate. When Google Navigation was first introduced in November 2009, Vic Gundotra (then working on mobile) said that Google would bring Navigation to the iPhone when Apple was ready (there were also some technical issues at the time). Three years later it hasn’t shown up (maybe it got lost on the way). Seriously, what if Apple was actually the company that didn’t want a full-featured version of Google Maps on the iPhone? But why? Maybe it’s Apple that wanted a weaker “Google … [Read more...] about Will Apple’s Move Bring A Real & Perhaps Better Google Maps To iOS?
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A series of updates were rolled out to Google Maps for Android this week, including a Wi-fi only mode, the option to save to an SD card, and an expansion of ride sharing service comparisons. Wi-Fi Only Mode Just last month Google introduced an offline-only mode for Maps to help users ensure they would not incur data charges while using the app. Now there’s a new way to use Maps without using up data. With the option to toggle a “Wi-fi only” mode on and off, you can still use Maps “offline” without having any maps data saved to your phone. Putting Google Maps in Wi-fi only mode does not affect the ability of any other apps to access cellular data. Save to SD Card Speaking of saving Google Maps data to your phone, now you can do so without having to save them to your phone’s internal memory. If your phone supports external SD cards, you will now have the option to use external storage when downloading Maps data. Google introduced the ability to save … [Read more...] about Google Maps Updates: Wi-Fi Only Mode, Save to SD Card, + More
In an update to the Google Maps app for iOS and Android, you can now create lists of your favorite places and share them with others. In addition, you can also follow lists created and shared by your contacts. Creating a list is relatively simple: Open Google Maps Search for a place Tap on the name of the place to expand the card Click on the new ‘save’ button From there you’ll be prompted to either add the place to an existing list, or create a new list starting with the place you just saved. To bring up the lists of places you’ve created navigate to the side menu, tap on ‘Your Places’, then go to ‘Saved’. As well as appearing in lists you create, icons will appear next to your saved places when you’re browsing Google Maps. When viewing a list you’ll also have the option to share it with others via text, email, social networks and messaging apps. So the next time a friend or client is coming to town, you can easily send … [Read more...] about Google Maps Update: Create and Share Lists of Favorite Places
According to the announcement, swiping up from the bottom of the Google Maps home screen will display a Places tab, a Driving tab and a Transit tab. The Places tab delivers a curated list of nearby restaurants, along with info on nearby ATMs, pharmacies, gas stations and grocery stores. From the Driving tab, users can see nearby traffic conditions and real-time ETAs (if they have home and work addresses saved). Tapping on the “start driving” option will prompt real-time traffic info during route. The Transit tab displays bus and train recommendations depending on a user’s saved home and traffic addresses, along with ETAs for arrival times. For buses and train schedules to alternative locations, users can swipe down to find nearby transit stations and schedules. “Whether you need to get to work or you’re just looking for a quick bite around you, Google Maps gives you personalized information about your world so you can make decisions and get around with … [Read more...] about Google Maps updates Android app with real-time traffic info, nearby places & bus schedules
Put simply, the reason that this series of updates is incredibly valuable is because it improves the experience of Google Maps for both the user and the business owner. The business owner is going to be able to advertise and market more directly to local customers, and users are going to have a much easier time finding the businesses and deals in a given area. In this way, both physical and website traffic is bound to increase at your storefront, but only if you take note of these updates and make the necessary strides to get involved with the updates ASAP. In response to the increase in local searches, there are three updates that are going to be making a big impact on user/business experience with Google Maps. Consequently, there are also three ways that you can take advantage of these updates to best serve your business. #1 Utilize Promoted Pins to Advertise Location & Rank First One of the newest features for local search advertisement is the promoted pin. Promoted pins are … [Read more...] about 3 Ways to Take Advantage of Google Maps Ads