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Google will let anyone with an Android phone be a Street View photographer

Google will let anyone with an Android phone be a Street View photographer

Throughout the years, Google has been building out Street View through a fleet of cars that have photographed a ton of roadways from all different angles, but it seems that even a company as big as Google has its limitations. That's why today it announced that it's opening up contributions to Street View from anyone with an Android phone.

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Google Maps gets a community feed with local content and reviews

Google Maps gets a community feed with local content and reviews

Google Maps has received a new community feed located in the app's Explore tab, making it easier for users to check out what's going on in their city, browse the latest reviews, see posts and photos from other users, and more. Google says the community feed will also include articles from publishers and posts from merchants.

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Pokemon GO Kalos region launch list confirmed

Pokemon GO Kalos region launch list confirmed

Today Niantic revealed a whole bunch of information about the future of Pokemon GO all at once. We're going through the lists to make certain we've got all the important bits and pieces sorted out so you can make sense of the near-future update series in the game. The worldwide launch of Kalos region Pokemon starts on December 2, 2020. Here comes the Mega Evolution!

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Google Maps rolls out new features for holiday travelers and isolaters alike

Google Maps rolls out new features for holiday travelers and isolaters alike

Despite the pandemic keeping many people at home during the holidays, there are still many who will be hitting the road and travelling to see family. Today, Google announced a number of new features for Google Maps, and some of those are geared toward those who will be traveling for the holidays, while others are aimed at those who are staying put.

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Google Street View Driving Mode might let anyone add images to Maps

Google Street View Driving Mode might let anyone add images to Maps

While Google Maps has definitely helped us navigate the world, some still require more visual cues when trying to figure out where they are or where they're headed. Sometimes, you need those cues even before you get there, which is why Google Street View continues to be a critical navigation tool. Street Views, unfortunately, aren't that easy because of the hardware needed and privacy concerns. Google has apparently figured out a way to address those in an upcoming Driving Mode that simply uses your phone's camera to contribute.

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Huawei Petal Search and Docs take on Google and Microsoft

Huawei Petal Search and Docs take on Google and Microsoft

It is Huawei's big day and, as expected, it announced a slew of products to show the world it can still make it big. More than just hardware, however, the company also announced apps and services that practically boast of its independence from companies that it will no longer be able to do business with as per the US' rules. It remains to be seen, however, if Petal Search, Petal Maps, and Huawei Docs will be able to gather enough traction both from users and partners to stay in service for long.

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Google Maps to show business and busyness info without having to search

Google Maps to show business and busyness info without having to search

The way we approach businesses, stores, restaurants, and services, has drastically changed over the past months. Beyond simple operating hours, which may have been shortened, people are now warier about the busyness of a particular spot, whether the place is packing lots of people or if it's safe to go there. Having that information before you actually go there has now become more critical than ever before and Google is starting to roll that out to the rest of the world to make sure people get the right info at the right time.

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Google Maps adds new vehicle icons for Android users

Google Maps adds new vehicle icons for Android users

Android users are finally catching up with a cool feature that iPhone users have had for a few years on Google Maps. Google has finally rolled out custom car icons for the Android version of Maps allowing users to change what the icon on the screen looks like. Rather than having the plain white circle with the blue arrow in the middle, Android users now have three other icon options.

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Google Maps Live View to soon show landmarks, share locations on mobile

Google Maps Live View to soon show landmarks, share locations on mobile

For many people these days, Google Maps has become an indispensable tool for navigating the real world. Not everyone, however, finds it easy to use even a digital and advanced map and prefer visual cues to orient themselves. Google developed its AR-based Live View precisely for that purpose and it is now announcing a few new improvements that will hopefully make locating your destination and your friends a lot easier, especially for those who feel overwhelmed by maps.

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Google Maps gets new layer with data on recent COVID-19 cases around the world

Google Maps gets new layer with data on recent COVID-19 cases around the world

Google has announced a new layer of data that is rolling out in Google Maps, giving users information about COVID-19 case numbers for cities, states, and countries around the world. With this information, Google Maps users can readily see whether the area they're in or planning to visit currently a hot zone, ultimately helping users make more informed choices about their activities. The feature will be limited to mobile users.

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Google Maps ditched data to figure out pandemic driving – but the best is yet to come

Google Maps ditched data to figure out pandemic driving – but the best is yet to come

Google Maps may have had 13 years practice at getting traffic patterns right, but 2020 threw a wrench in the works with pandemic driving apparently a very different matter. Google has revealed that it was forced to shake-up its precious algorithms in order to deal with COVID-19 related traffic uncertainty, including ditching the older data that would traditionally be essential for better predicting how the roads might be flowing.

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Google Maps and Passport lets you pay for parking in Austin

Google Maps and Passport lets you pay for parking in Austin

The fewer things you touch with your hands these days, the lower the chances you have of contracting something. That's especially true in public places where you have very little control over who last touched what. Just yesterday, Amazon rolled out a way to pay for your Exxon or Mobil gas just by telling Alexa. Although less hands-free, this new collaboration between Google and Passport will at least let you pay for your parking spot with just a few taps.

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