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Hyundai to bring Google Maps integration to upcoming car models

Hyundai to bring Google Maps integration to upcoming car models

Earlier today, Kia Motors and Google announced a partnership that would bring Google Maps to new car models. However, Hyundai has also made a deal with the search giant to bring Google Maps integration to their own vehicles as well, including some pretty awesome features, like Send To Car and voice search.

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Kia announces Google Maps integration for new car models

Kia announces Google Maps integration for new car models

While Google might be working on their own driverless cars of tomorrow, it looks like the company is wanting to expand further into the auto industry. The company is partnering up with Kia Motors to bring Google Maps and Place services into Kia’s new UVO eServices telematics system, which will be rolling out in new models later this year.

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The best iOS apps of 2012

The best iOS apps of 2012

2012 ended with quite a bang, and while the world didn’t end as we expected, we got to see so many awesome iOS apps come to fruition this year. It was a big year for Google, and a lot of independent developers stepped up to make not only good apps, but great apps. We decided to gather up all of the iOS apps that released throughout the past 12 months and provide you with 10 of our favorites. It wasn’t an easy task to narrow it down to just 10, though -- there were a lot of amazing apps that just barely missed the cut, but we think we have a solid list here. So, without further adieu, here are our choices for the best iOS apps of 2012.

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Google begins showing indoor Street View images on search result pages

Google begins showing indoor Street View images on search result pages

Google has been expanding the reach of its Street View imagery all around the country. In some areas, Google started offering actual indoor images of businesses that go along with its Street View imagery allowing searchers to go from of you of the location of the store restaurant inside the doors to see what the place looks like on the inside. Google is now placing some of the inside images right into its search results pages.

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iOS 6 adoption jumps 29% after release of Google Maps

iOS 6 adoption jumps 29% after release of Google Maps

Google Maps for iOS released on December 12, and a lot of iPhone users were no doubt holding out on updating to iOS 6 strictly because of Apple Maps, and it turns out that within the past five days that Google Maps has been available in the App Store, ad management platform MoPub noticed a 29% increase in unique iOS 6 users.

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Google Maps for iOS downloaded over 10 million times in just 48 hours

Google Maps for iOS downloaded over 10 million times in just 48 hours

We knew the new Google Maps app for iOS would see a lot of downloads, but 10 million of them in just two days is quite impressive. Google's senior vice president of Commerce and Local, Jeff Huber, announced via Google+ that the app garnered "more than 10 million downloads in less than 48 hours after release."

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Set Google Maps as the default maps app on iOS with a few tweaks

Set Google Maps as the default maps app on iOS with a few tweaks

We're not surprised if you were ecstatic about Google finally releasing their own Maps solution on iOS last week -- we were certainly excited as well. However, while Google Maps provides an excellent user experience, the app doesn't integrate with the iOS ecosystem as well as Apple Maps does. Luckily, though, there are a few solutions for both jailbreakers and non-jailbreakers alike.

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Google Maps for iOS may not last long, according to analyst

Google Maps for iOS may not last long, according to analyst

If you happened to jump on the Google Maps for iOS bandwagon a couple days ago, only because you thought Apple might take the app down, you're not alone. According to Technology Business Research analyst Ezra Gottheil, the new Google Maps app may not stay in the iTunes App Store forever, mentioning that a rejection into the App Store should've been "out of the question" in the first place.

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Australian police issue warning about Google Maps

Australian police issue warning about Google Maps

Curiously enough, a few days after police in Australia warned that Apple Maps was sending drivers off into a waterless, scorching desert-like national park, another Australian authority, this time in Colac, has issued a warning about Google Maps. The issue at hand seems far less severe, however, and Google has a reasonable explanation for why Maps sends drivers where it does.

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Google Maps vs Apple Maps hands-on to the airport

Google Maps vs Apple Maps hands-on to the airport

When faced with the idea that either Apple's Maps solution or Google's Maps solution might be better at everyday situations here on the first day when both are available for use on the iPhone, we decided to put them up to the test. The test in this case was getting from here (at a hotel in Saint Paul) to the Minneapolis International Airport, deciding as we do so what constitutes a more effective set of controls.

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Google Maps for iOS Review

Google Maps for iOS Review

It's finally time to get (back) to business with a Google-run map app for iOS, this time with Google Maps own unique app separate from the main built-in collection of iDevice apps. For those of you that haven't followed along with the iPhone since its birth, you should know that it was only with iOS 6 and the iPhone 5 that Apple cut ties with Google Maps for their Maps app that comes with the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch right out of the box, replacing it with their own branded Apple Maps. [See our supplemental Google Maps vs Apple Maps hands-on to the airport post for one part of the big battle.] Now with Google Maps, Google has its own unique app that brings not only a new face to the iOS version of their central mapping ecosystem, but a new look for the app for all platforms as well - in iOS 6 this UI is unique!

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SlashGear Morning Wrap-up: December 13th, 2012

SlashGear Morning Wrap-up: December 13th, 2012

It's nearly holiday time - and it IS holiday time for some, right here this week with SlashGear bringing on a brief interview with Dream JB for the jailbreaking of your iOS 6 devices - that Rick Roll rolled you good! The group known as Last.FM is about to go paid-only in the few countries it's not being cancelled entirely in. At Walmart you'll find the Kindle kicked out and the Nook family taking its place.

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