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Google Maps could start showing ads and its bound to get messy

Google Maps could start showing ads and its bound to get messy

"Google" is now also a verb because of how search has become so ingrained in our modern lives. There is, however, one other Google product that has subtly cemented its role in our lives. Google Maps has changed the way we travel and navigate partly because it made what was once a paid subscription feature available for all and for free. The latter isn't going to change but Google may soon be looking for ways to profit from its lead by, what else, placing ads in Google Maps.

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Google Maps rolling out Waze-like slowdown reports feature

Google Maps rolling out Waze-like slowdown reports feature

Google is bringing another useful Waze feature to its Maps product: slowdown warnings. This feature is different than the existing color-coded congestion warnings, which take some time to appear and alert users to traffic jams using yellow, orange, and red color codes. This new feature is arguably better, as it enables drivers to report slowdowns directly.

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Google Maps Snake game puts a twists on ride-sharing

Google Maps Snake game puts a twists on ride-sharing

For some people, ride-sharing services have completely changed the way they travel and live. Not everyone, however, will be able to get the experience of driving a vehicle, much less a train, to pick up random strangers for fun and profit. Google is all about making dreams come and starting today, not only will you be able to pick up passengers in locations you've never been to, you'll also be able to eat them up to increase your passenger-gobbling capacity.

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Google Maps public events can now be added by Android users

Google Maps public events can now be added by Android users

Google Maps is one of those little things that have changed the world forever. It has taken navigation that was previously only available via subscription to professional services and made it accessible to all. Part of its success, however, was how it practically crowdsourced gather data that would have statically been impossible for Google to do on its own. In line with that, it seems that Google is adding yet another crowdsourcing feature that would allow almost anyone to add an event for everyone else to see.

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Google Maps AR navigation Alpha released: Guides first, iOS, Android

Google Maps AR navigation Alpha released: Guides first, iOS, Android

Today we've got a bit of a demo of Google Maps AR through a friend of ours who happens to be a Google Maps Local Guides level 5+ user. That's the level at which Google Maps now allows the augmented reality version of their live navigation right this minute. This augmented reality system was re-revealed early last month (after its first reveal at Google I/O last year) as a "new"* way to explore local areas with Google Maps, and it'll eventually be free to use by all Google Maps app users.

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Google Maps AR mode can be more precise, more useful than GPS

Google Maps AR mode can be more precise, more useful than GPS

You may not know it yet, but your location is almost as important as your email address and password. It is one of the things hackers and advertisers love to know, precisely because of how much we've come to unknowingly depend on it. From check-ins to store deals to, of course, navigation, we've come to rely on location data in our modern lives. Even in navigation, however, location can be a hit or miss, both powered and limited by GPS technology. That is why for the next evolution of Google Maps, the search giant is mashing together augmented reality, computer vision, and AI to deliver more accurate and more useful directions and information.

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Google Maps speed trap warnings have arrived for some users

Google Maps speed trap warnings have arrived for some users

Google is finally bringing some of Waze's most convenient features to Google Maps, the most notable being speed trap warnings. Signs of the upcoming feature first appeared in November, later showing up again in December. Now some users are reporting the ability to see speed trap warnings in the app; the alerts are based on reports made by other drivers in the area.

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Google Street View Trekker backpack updated with lighter, smaller design

Google Street View Trekker backpack updated with lighter, smaller design

Google has introduced an updated Trekker system used by its partners to capture locations around the world. The updated device is lighter in weight than the previous version, also featuring a "sleeker" design, higher resolution sensors, and more. The new version is partly based on feedback from people who have used the system, according to Google, which offers access to Trekker through its trekker loan program.

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Google Assistant will now predict delayed flights

Google Assistant will now predict delayed flights

We're fast approaching a time when a lot of people will be traveling around the country, and it isn't holiday travel without delays. Google today announced that it's rolling out new functionality to Google Assistant that will alert you to potential flight delays before they're made official. We're also getting a new feature in Google Maps that will help visitors to a new city discover things to do.

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Google Maps adds Lime scooters to transportation options

Google Maps adds Lime scooters to transportation options

Google Maps already supports quite a few transit options, but today it's getting one more. Google has announced that it's partnering with Lime to show the locations of the latter company's scooters and bikes within Google Maps. The roll out is starting small, but should be expanding to more areas soon.

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Google Maps For You heads to iOS amid major Android expansion

Google Maps For You heads to iOS amid major Android expansion

Over the summer, Google Maps received a whole host of new personalization features. At the center of these is the "For You" tab, which makes recommendations for events to attend and restaurants to visit based on each user's tastes. Today, the For You tab is launching for iOS, around half a year after first arriving on Android.

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Google Maps hashtag support quietly appears on Android

Google Maps hashtag support quietly appears on Android

Google has added support for hashtags to reviews posted on Google Maps. The new support enables users to tag relevant keywords in their reviews, which may then help other users find content that discusses what they are specifically interested in. Someone could tag a restaurant as being #quietandcozy, for example, or #familyfriendly.

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