Among the top mapping providers, Yahoo Maps was actually the early innovator in dynamic mapping more than five years ago with its SmartView offering that allowed users to find and interact with different categories of local businesses on the map. However Yahoo made a decision a few years later to opt out of the “mapping arms race” with Google and Microsoft and not match them feature for feature. As a partial consequence of that decision, use of Yahoo Maps flattened over time. MapQuest, for its part, made a similar decision, instead relying on the strength of its brand and user loyalty as a bulwark against the insurgents. … [Read more...] about ComScore To Report Google Maps Now Number 1
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The change is that Google is sending more traffic to Google Maps for high volume generic terms and for variations on the Mapquest brand name. Google sent more traffic to Google Maps for searches for “maps” this year compared with the same week last year. The same is true for “driving directions,” “map,” and “directions,” as well as variations on the Mapquest brand name, including “mapquest driving directions” and “map quest.” … [Read more...] about Google Maps Gaining On Market Leader Mapquest
But the app is in other ways a step backward from the familiar Google app. For instance, while Apple’s maps feature a 3-D “Flyover” view of some central cities, they lack Google’s very useful ground-level photographic street views. And they also lack public-transit routing. Apple will instead link you to third-party transit apps. Also, while I found Apple’s maps accurate, they tend to default to a more zoomed-in view than Google’s, making them look emptier until you zoom out. … [Read more...] about YouTube Is Top Free App In iTunes Charts; Google Maps To Be Next?
Sure, why not. That can help Google fix things, but in the meantime, everyone else can take advantage of the loopholes!By making Places Pages so prominently featured in search results right now, Google has opened themselves up to mega super duper spamming. For some, it's going to be the only way to compete with Places Pages. … [Read more...] about How To Spam Google Maps For Top Google Place Listings
Right before I went offline on Tuesday night, Apple approved a new version of the Google Maps app for iOS that added CarPlay support. This is something I've been waiting for since March 2016, when I got my new car with Apple CarPlay. Now that it is out, I am happy but a bit underwhelmed. … [Read more...] about Google Maps Now On Apple CarPlay & It’s Okay