Is there a table, a shelf, a corner of your house that starts out bare and clean, but over time, you begin setting this and that on it without much thought? Some mail, old newspapers, a rain hat, a screwdriver, a bracelet, a dog toy...Suddenly you look at this area one day and say,"Hey, that's a whole lot of junk. That's a mess." When it was one little thing or two little things, it was no big deal, but when those little odds and ends start adding up, you wind up with a big, messy pile. That's the way things have been adding up with me and my frequent use of Google Maps. I've got a pile of irritations and it's time to sort and clean them into a cathartic list, for my own health. Here we go: 1. When I am logged into Google Maps, why do you sometimes show me my reviews in a box, set apart from the rest of the reviews, and why do you sometimes not? 2. Could you please develop a different error message for times when your system is malfunctioning. I really get tired of seeing the 'we do … [Read more...] about Eight Little Gripes With Google Maps
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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?
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
The news came as part of a scorching review of Apple’s new Maps dysfunctionality by New York Times tech writer David Pogue, who writes in part: In short, Maps is an appalling first release. It may be the most embarrassing, least usable piece of software Apple has ever unleashed. Ouch. Our own review didn’t find it unusable, to say the least, but there’s no doubt it has problems. Even comedian Stephen Colbert mocked the new Maps last night. But also in Pogue’s review is this part that iDownload blog spotted: You can still use Google’s maps — on the Web. Visit maps.google.com and accept the offer to create a Home-screen icon for you. You won’t get spoken directions, but you’ll get written directions, public transportation details, live traffic reports and, of course, Google’s far superior maps and data. (In two weeks, you’ll be able to get Street View this way, too, says Google.) And you can install the Google Plus Local app … [Read more...] about Google Street View Coming To Google Maps For Mobile, For Both iOS & Android