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Google Maps gets an update and becomes even more helpful

Google announced they very recently updated their Google Maps app to include support for more than one destination, and even hotels and flights. You can now view multiple legs of a trip and see how it could play out and what the shortest travelling distance is. The ‘carousel’ feature allows for the viewer to see some pictures of their destination.Maps can also team up with the other Google consumer solutions, like calendar, so you can see flight and hotel information withint the app. It’s much easier to plan the trip when all of this information is so easily accessible. Also included is an “upcoming events”feature which informs the user of sports events, concerts, and more within the area. With Google’s progression, pretty soon we’ll be able to plan entire vacations all from Google Maps.

 

Google updates Maps with multiple destinations, flight & hotel reservations, and local events

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Native iOS Google Maps app being tested externally with turn-by-turn navigation baked in

 

“If Apple’s homegrown mapping solution isn’t quite cutting it, your navigation needs may soon be met by a native iOS Google Maps app. Citing an unnamed source, the Wall Street Journal says Page and Co. are distributing a test version of the fabled app to folks outside the firm, making good on theirearlier commitment to bring Google Maps to iOS. The WSJ’s source expects the app to be outfitted with turn-by-turn navigation, but didn’t mention when it might finally see an official release. As it stands, the search giant is said to be putting the finishing touches on the app before submitting it for App Store approval.”

 

WSJ: Native iOS Google Maps app being tested externally with turn-by-turn navigation baked in — Engadget.

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Google Introduces Maps Tracks and Geolocation APIs

In its never-ending quest to dominate the global mapping scene, Google has just rolled out a new pair of APIs designed to help organizations build their own location-enabled applications. The first is Google Maps Tracks API, which gives developers the ability to concoct apps that can store, display and analyze GPS data on a map. In other words, those in need of a geofencing program — fleet managers and the like — need look no further. Secondly, there’s the Google Maps Geolocation API, which “enables an application or device to determine its own location without the use of GPS by looking up the locations of nearby WiFi access points and cell towers.” It’s pretty clear that enterprises are the target here, but it seems like only a matter of time before consumer-facing location apps tap into ’em.”

 

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Google Street View comes to Google Maps web app on iOS.

While the hubbub surrounding Apple Maps on iOS 6 has been somewhat sedated, some people who made the move to Google Maps’ web app had been further encouraged by word that it’d be getting Street View imagery soon. And what do you know, barely seven days into the estimated “in two weeks” and here it is. Search for a location (no long press yet), and you’ll spy the familiar icon bottom right. This appears in both Chrome and Safari. While perhaps still not quite as slick as the good old app of yore, a definite panacea for all those iOS toutin’ virtual tourists.”

Street View comes to Google Maps web app on iOS, just like they said it would — Engadget.