Google Maps

You can now add Photospheres, Street View to your website

You can now add Photospheres, Street View to your website

Fancy adding a bit of scenery to your website? Or maybe you want to give viewers even more detailed directions to your place of business than what a map can provide. Whatever your purpose, Google's got you covered. In addition to the Google Maps Embed API that they expanded last March, the Google Maps team has now added Photospheres and Street Views to their list, allowing developers and website owners to generate HTML snippets that they can then embed in their webpages for all to behold.

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Google Play Services update tweaks Maps, Drive, Fit functionality

Google Play Services update tweaks Maps, Drive, Fit functionality

To help get their services to a wider audience, Google has issued a Play Services update today. The aim is, naturally, getting Google stuff in more places, and making it a better experience for the end-user. Moving forward, Developers will have the ability to better control the API library they need, and use only the API they want. That will keep apps lightweight, and easy to update/support. Developers will need it, too; there are a lot of cool new things they can build into their apps!

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Google Maps updated for iPhone, Android with reservations and Uber

Google Maps updated for iPhone, Android with reservations and Uber

This week Google is bringing on a new version of Google Maps for the masses. The iPhone, the iPad, and the entire Android universe will be getting a far more bold look at Google Maps, working with new major feature integrations like in-app restaurant reservations and Uber cards. This isn't just a user interface reboot, it's a feature update, made to change the way you use Google Maps on all your devices - especially your Android and iOS-based smartphones and tablets galore.

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Google Maps next for Material Design revamp

Google Maps next for Material Design revamp

Google has been on a roll recently, updating its core app suite with Material Design style, and next in line is Google Maps. Both the Android and the iPhone versions of the popular navigation app are getting a revamp, with cleaner graphics, more intuitive controls, and a look that meshes with the Android 5.0 Lollipop aesthetic. Although the most obvious changes are to the design, though, that's not to say there aren't new features tucked in there as well, including closer integration with third-party services like OpenTable and Uber.

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Google Earth for Android revamped: Smoother 3D & faster updates

Google Earth for Android revamped: Smoother 3D & faster updates

Google is pushing out a new version of Google Earth for Android that will boost the 3D navigation of the geographic app, as well as see updates to mapping data be pushed out to users more rapidly and thus cut down misdirections. The refresh sees Google change the 3D rendering engine for Google Earth on Android phones and tablets for the first time in over a decade, the company's mapping team points out, which should add up to smoother zooming, faster rendering, and less glitchy transitions.

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HERE maps now on Android to take on Google

HERE maps now on Android to take on Google

What once was only a Nokia joint in HERE maps comes now to Samsung smartphones, then to Android devices in general. Back in the day Nokia purchased Navteq, then they created their own HERE mapping division, then they became one of the most radical map-making groups outside of Google. Now they’ve gone bigger than they’ve ever been before. With a newfound freedom beyond Windows Phone devices, the Android spread can begin. You device can more than likely run this mapping software right this minute.

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Google rode a camel to bring Liwa Desert to Street View

Google rode a camel to bring Liwa Desert to Street View

Aside from being a navigation tool, Google Maps' Street View has also functioned as a way for some users to live vicariously and see breath-taking sights all over the world through Google's eyes. Or to be exact, through its camera's eyes. But there are just some locations where Google's now iconic Street View Car would not be able to trek or should not be allowed to, like the sandy expanse of the Arabian desert. Luckily for Google, a camel was equally fit to do the job.

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My Maps: customize your Google Maps experience

My Maps: customize your Google Maps experience

A little-known system called My Maps has just been updated by Google for Google Maps. What you’re able to do - and what I’ll be showing you here - is take what Google has made with Google Maps and add your own special markers, trails, and directions. You can take what you’ve made, then, and share with friends, coworkers, and associates.

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Look out Google: HERE Maps for iPhone and Android incoming

Look out Google: HERE Maps for iPhone and Android incoming

Nokia's HERE mapping app is coming to iPhone and all Android devices, a native app to take on Google Maps and Apple Maps as the Finnish firm refocuses on software and services. The HERE Maps app follows a deal with Samsung to put the navigation system onto Tizen-powered smartwatches, complete with offline maps and turn-by-turn instructions for driving, walking, and public transportation, even when you don't have a data connection.

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Get a virtual tour of Destiny, Google Maps style

Get a virtual tour of Destiny, Google Maps style

Bungie's Destiny is one of the most anticipated games of the year, but what are you to do if you still haven't put up a pre-order for the game or don't yet have the rig to support it? Why not take a somewhat vicarious look at the game via Destiny Planet View, which takes a page from Google Maps' and Street View's books to deliver a unique twist to the "virtual tour" concept.

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