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Google Maps allows 3rd party apps free reign with developer APIs

Google Maps allows 3rd party apps free reign with developer APIs

A new set of two API releases for developers will soon have 3rd party apps working with Google Maps features that will allow them to be location aware - with location information not just relegated to GPS. The first of two releases is the Google Maps Tracks API, this allowing developers to integrate the display and analyzation of GPS data on a map, with this API being built on top of Google's own cloud infrastructure for reliability that's unmatched. The second of two releases today works with Google Maps Geolocation API, this enabling developers the ability to integrate location data found by looking up said information on nearby wifi access points and cell towers.

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TomTom Navigation for Android released (with a compatibility catch)

TomTom Navigation for Android released (with a compatibility catch)

TomTom has launched its Navigation app for Android, with offline driving directions, 2D/3D views, voice guidance and the promise of mapping updates for the lifetime of the software. TomTom Navigation for Android - available in North American, European, UK & Ireland, and other geographical versions - also includes TomTom HD traffic data, for mapping out routes on less busy roads, using live and historical traffic trends. However, the mapping app still isn't perfect - you may well find you can't actually use it at all.

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Tim Cook’s Maps apology a massive display of power

Tim Cook’s Maps apology a massive display of power

Apple had a bad situation on their hands when it became apparent over the past week that their new non-Google "Maps" app appeared to fall short of expectations, but Tim Cook took this situation today and flipped it on its head entirely. It's not that Cook apologized for the situation - the situation being that Apple Maps (without Google) isn't as perfect as they wanted it to be - it's that inside this apology, he encouraged users to use other products while they remain patient for Apple Maps to improve. Tim Cook took a situation where Apple could easily have said "just chill out" to the public and said instead, in so many words, "we're confident enough in our own product that we'll literally tell you to use other solutions while we prove to you that you'll want to return to us when the time is right" - this is rare in the tech industry.

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iOS 6 Maps polarizes Apple fans

iOS 6 Maps polarizes Apple fans

Apple's free iOS 6 update pushed out to iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch owners yesterday, has already begun provoking strong reactions from users, with the homegrown Maps app singled out for most criticism. Replacing Google Maps on the iPhone 5, Apple's version has won praise for its eye-catching "flyover" 3D mapping and slick integration with iOS as a whole, but also come under fire for patchy and inaccurate data.

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iOS 6 and iPhone 5 features availability listed by region

iOS 6 and iPhone 5 features availability listed by region

The iPhone 5 will be the first device to bring on iOS 6, the system from Apple that'll have the company's first mobile turn-by-turn navigation system as well as 3D mapping, and today Apple has listed the regions where each feature will be appearing. Traffic, 3D buildings (aka Flyover), and turn-by-turn navigation are limited to a certain set of countries at the launch of iOS 6 for not only iPhone 5 but the rest of the compatible list of Apple mobile devices as well. While 3D buildings is limited at the moment to the USA, traffic is open to a much larger list - and turn-by-turn navigation is ready for almost everywhere.

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Nokia City Lens released from Beta for Lumia devices

Nokia City Lens released from Beta for Lumia devices

It's time for the greatness of Nokia's own City Lens technology to be released into the wild, the same powerful beast shown earlier this year at CTIA and more recently on the Lumia 820 and 920 lineup! This software brings the power of Nokia Maps to the virtual universe showing an overlay of places and attractions on your real world view through your device's camera. City Lens will be available for several Nokia devices for real, in a v1.0 version out of Beta, starting today!

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Kindle Fire 2 leaked photos appear with Nokia Maps tip in tow

Kindle Fire 2 leaked photos appear with Nokia Maps tip in tow

With less than a week before Amazon's next press event, several new bits of information have been leaked showing off a new Kindle Fire tablet and tipping Nokia as their new Maps pusher. As Amazon continues to attempt to work with Google's mobile OS Android with as little Google influence as possible, they've been tipped to be working with Nokia Oyj by Rueters where they say that not only will the next Kindle Fire model have either a GPS chip or Wi-fi triangulation, they'll be working with Nokia's own brand of GPS mapping rather than Google Maps. The other reveal happening within the last 24 hours includes a couple photos of the Kindle Fire 2 before it hits the press room.

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