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Google Maps update makes it easier to pick up grocery orders

Google Maps update makes it easier to pick up grocery orders

Following a small launch in Portland earlier this year, Google has announced the widespread rollout of its new grocery pickup feature for Google Maps. The feature simplifies the grocery pickup process by integrating order features into the Maps product, enabling Google users to see when their order is ready and more using the same app that provides directions to the grocery store.

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Google Apps on iOS are about to use Apple’s UIKit – will you notice?

Google Apps on iOS are about to use Apple’s UIKit – will you notice?

At the tail end of the year 2021, Google is moving their iOS apps away from Material Design and toward UIKit. This means that Apple's basic building blocks for iOS will be used for Google apps on the platform rather than Google's own. This could mean some elements in Google apps on iOS will change - but some of the most important and distinctive elements will remain the same.

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Google Maps gains new green navigation options

Google Maps gains new green navigation options

Google has announced some updates to Google Maps that will give commuters sustainable navigation options. Google says its new navigation options will allow people to make greener choices when getting around. The update includes the ability to choose routes that are more fuel-efficient than others, updated biking directions, and bike and scooter sharing information directly in the Google Maps app.

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Google reveals new Maps features

Google reveals new Maps features

Google has announced that it's using its AI technology and mapping information to help people worldwide access helpful and reliable data to enable progress towards global goals like fighting climate change. Google shared new Maps features intended to help communities be safer and more sustainable while making them discoverable. One of the changes to Google Maps is the addition of a wildfire layer.

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Pokemon GO could be the best game in the metaverse

Pokemon GO could be the best game in the metaverse

I've played Pokemon GO since before public launch. Since Google's original Google Maps April Fool's Joke that eventually turned into Pokemon GO, I've felt the draw of an augmented reality in which Pokemon exist. Now, courtesy of a couple of long-time Pokemon GO gamers on The Silph Road on Reddit, I've come to realize that the Pokemon aren't the most important part of the equation. The most important bit here is the potential Niantic has in taking this franchise into the metaverse.

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Video shows original NES modified to run retro-style Google Maps

Video shows original NES modified to run retro-style Google Maps

Nearly a decade ago, Google published a video for April Fool's Day that showed an 8-bit version of Google Maps made for the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES). That, of course, was a joke, but it inspired some actual DIYers to try and make a real-life version of the amusing concept.

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Spin integrates its electric scooters with Google Maps

Spin integrates its electric scooters with Google Maps

Spin is an electric scooter and bicycle company that is owned by Ford. The idea behind the company is to provide emissions-free mobility in crowded city centers and other locations allowing users to get around without relying on a car. Ford and Spin have announced that the micromobility company is working with Google Maps.

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Time to trash your old Android phones

Time to trash your old Android phones

Google sent out a note this week about some of the oldest Android devices, saying they'll cut off service soon. If you have an Android device that's a certain age or older - or more specifically, running a very old version of Android - it may finally be time to accept that it's no longer worth keeping in your dresser drawer. Unless, of course, you're just using the device like a virtual photo album. That'll still work.

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Google Maps location sharing in iMessage live: How to do it

Google Maps location sharing in iMessage live: How to do it

If you're using Google Maps on iOS, you can now share your live location in iMessage easier than before. It was already possible to share you live location with Google Maps on both iOS and Android - and we'll get to that in this article as well - but first, the newness. In iMessage - the latest version of the app, of course - you'll have a new Google Maps widget for extreme ease in sharing.

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If COVID crowding on public transit scares you, Google Maps could have the fix

If COVID crowding on public transit scares you, Google Maps could have the fix

While it might feel like we're coming out of the pandemic here in the US, where vaccines are easily obtainable, COVID-19 is still out there. With a significant unvaccinated population potentially giving rise to more resilient variants, it's hard to blame those who want to take more precautions when venturing out into the world. Google Maps is going to help out on that front, as it's rolling out some new features to help users around the world "navigate new normals."

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Google Bookmarks shutdown won’t affect Google Maps Starred places

Google Bookmarks shutdown won’t affect Google Maps Starred places

Google has dozens of apps, services, and products that it's nearly impossible to keep track of all of them, especially the old and obscure ones. These products come and go, usually after a few months or even a few years, but rarely do these products survive for over a decade, with very few people knowing about them. Such is the case of Google Bookmarks, not to be confused with Chrome's bookmarks, which have been around for almost 16 years. It's time, however, has come to an end, but, fortunately, its departure will hardly be felt, even by Google Maps users.

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Google Maps and your business: Time to check it, now, today

Google Maps and your business: Time to check it, now, today

It's time to take a peek at how you and your business appear on Google Maps - and the rest of the internet. This isn't just about having your own web page, and it's not about updating your "under construction" Facebook group. It's about seeing your business through the eyes of the everyday potential customer - and seeing how messy the internet can be here in 2021.

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