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Google Maps local advertising added to Android and iOS apps

Google Maps local advertising added to Android and iOS apps

Google may give away software like Google Maps for iOS and Android free, but it has to make its money somewhere, and so the company announced today that the location apps will now support AdWords advertising. The updated app for iPhone, iPad, and Android now injects localized adverts at the bottom of the screen, based on what the user is searching for and where; so, if you're hunting down a cake shop, you might see a promotion for a nearby bakery.

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Google City Experts takes on Yelp with crowdsourced local reviews

Google City Experts takes on Yelp with crowdsourced local reviews

Google has launched Google City Experts, a new program aiming to take on Yelp and other local review sites by promising perks and praise for those regularly writing up their experiences at restaurants, theaters, and other locations around select cities. The scheme, which ties together Google Maps and Google+, promises "Local Insiders" access to an exclusive community, Google-branded swag, and special event invitations in return for committing to producing "quality reviews" each month.

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Android Device Manager locates your lost smartphone remotely [UPDATE]

Android Device Manager locates your lost smartphone remotely [UPDATE]

Google's answer to competing smart mobile brands' device location services has arisen in the form of "Android Device Manager." This system will allow you to remotely locate you device - directly ping-able with Google Maps. It also lets you set the device's Ringer off so you can find the machine easily or wipe the device if it's in a place where you've no hope of getting it back.

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Google Maps for iOS 2.0 arrives with new iPad UI

Google Maps for iOS 2.0 arrives with new iPad UI

The new Google Maps for iOS has been launched, including a dedicated iPad version and support for the live traffic reports and new search features that Android users have been enjoying since last week. The updated v2.0 software, a free download from the App Store, means an end to running Google Maps for iPhone in 2x mode on the iPad, with a new UI to make the most of the larger display of the iPad and iPad mini.

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Google Maps offline mapping gets dedicated button after outcry

Google Maps offline mapping gets dedicated button after outcry

Google has hurriedly updated Google Maps for Android after vocal user complaints about how offline mapping support was buried in the newest version, as well as giving confused Latitude users help on figuring out where the location-sharing service has gone. The new Google Maps, v7 for Android, arrived yesterday complete with more in-depth traffic information and a dedicated tablet UI. However, Google also changed how offline mapping was handled, with a new and cryptic way to activate it. Now, in response to a day's feedback, Google has changed it again.

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Google kills Latitude and buries Google Maps offline

Google kills Latitude and buries Google Maps offline

Google may have a new version of Google Maps to be excited about, but it's also goodbye to some old features along the way, with the search giant announcing plans to retire Latitude and hopefully shift users to Google+ instead. Latitude has a month left to live and is in fact completely absent from the new version of Google Maps, but users won't be able to avoid the shutdown by bypassing the upgrade since Google is axing server-side support - and Latitude friends lists - too. Meanwhile, offline mapping for Google Maps has been buried away as a bizarre "Easter egg" in the newest version.

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New Google Maps official: Dedicated tablet UI, traffic details, more

New Google Maps official: Dedicated tablet UI, traffic details, more

Google has officially released a new version of Google Maps for Android and, soon, iPhone and iPad, complete with a new design and the retirement of Latitude among other changes. The new app, which already began rolling out as v.7 to Android users a few hours ago, includes dedicated tablet designs for Android and iPad for the first time, but users may end up confused by the missing "offline maps" feature which is now no longer accessed in the same way.

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Google Maps update starts rolling out for Android 4.0.3 and higher

Google Maps update starts rolling out for Android 4.0.3 and higher

On May 7, we saw a leak showing the Google Maps redesign, with Google showing it off officially a little over a week later. That update has since been rolled out for desktop to those in the beta, and is now being pushed to those running Android 4.0.3 and higher. Thus far the Google Play store has been updated with the new change log, but it might be a bit before you see the actual update come your way.

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