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Android is now running on 2 billion devices around the world

Android is now running on 2 billion devices around the world

Google CEO Sundar Pichai just took the stage at Google I/O 2017, and he's starting the presentation off with a bang. After touching on the scale of this year's event, he shifted to focus to the services and products that Google offers. As it turns out, many of Google's services have hit important milestones, especially Android, which just hit 2 billion active devices around the world in the past week.

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Google Maps for Android now uses Street View for directions

Google Maps for Android now uses Street View for directions

Android users with the Google Maps app installed have received a handy new feature in the last week: when viewing navigation and driving directions, the app will now display Street View imagery, making it even clearer when and where to turn. This has been available for some time now on the web version of Google Maps, but bringing the feature to the mobile app will make those times when it's difficult to read or identify street names less of a hassle.

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Google Map’s parking reminder feature is now rolling out

Google Map’s parking reminder feature is now rolling out

Although often used as source for comic relief, forgetting where one parked one's car is enough of a problem that Google designed a feature for it. Yet not big enough to warrant its own "Dude, where's my car?" app, of course. Sighted just last month, Google has finally formally announced the availability of parking notes and reminders on Google Maps, both for Android and iOS.

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Ms. Pac-Man pays a visit to Google Maps today

Ms. Pac-Man pays a visit to Google Maps today

If you find yourself out and about this afternoon and decide you're in the mood for some classic video game action, Google Maps has you covered. In anticipation of April Fools Day, Google has dropped its very own version of Ms. Pac-Man into Google Maps, allowing you to play the famous arcade title using real-world maps as the playing field.

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Google Maps can now remember where you parked your car

Google Maps can now remember where you parked your car

Although often used in comical situations, getting lost in a crowded parking lot or, worse, forgetting exactly where you parked your ride is no joking matter. It is both grave and yet common enough that smartphones and even smartwatches have features and apps that address that problem. If you have an Android device, however, you might not need to install a different app, provided you have Google Maps already installed. That’s because Google has finally and silently rolled out a new feature that will help you remember where you left your car and even for how long.

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Google Maps now lets you create and share lists of places

Google Maps now lets you create and share lists of places

Most of us have a wishlist of places we'd like to visit, but with a world as wide as ours, keeping them all straight can be a little tough sometimes. Google Maps is coming to the rescue with a brand new feature being rolled out today: shareable lists. Beginning today, you can use the Google Maps app to create lists of your favorite places and share them with family and friends.

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Google Maps update puts real-time commute info a tap away

Google Maps update puts real-time commute info a tap away

Google Maps is a pretty handy app, but if you already know the way to your destination, its usefulness is diminished. Google is looking to change that by rolling out a new update today. There are a few things this update does, but one of the most noteworthy additions is real-time commute information that helps even when you already know the route by heart.

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Google Maps now warns you about parking nightmares

Google Maps now warns you about parking nightmares

Google Maps is about to get a whole lot more useful, with an update to the navigation app not only showing where there's parking at your destination, but how busy it's likely to be. The update, which will initially only be offered in Google Maps for Android and operate in select locations, adds a "Parking Limited" warning to route guidance. When you see that, you know that it's probably worth leaving early to give yourself extra time.

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Uber rides can now be ordered within Google Maps

Uber rides can now be ordered within Google Maps

Uber just got much more convenient, assuming you’re a Google Maps user, thanks to a new integration with Google’s navigation app. Rather than opening the Uber app and copying an address into the destination field, Google users can now find their location using Google Maps, then choose the small ride-hailing icon as the transportation method, enabling travelers to order an Uber car directly within the app.

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Can my phone be tracked?

Can my phone be tracked?

Absolutely yes, your smartphone can be tracked - the question we should be asking is: what can we do about it? Today we're going to run down several easy ways in which we can see our phone being tracked, first of all. Then we're going to shut down this tracking in a few easy steps. It's really not too big of a hassle, just a trade-off - location tracking lets us map where we're going, but in exchange, our phone has to know where we are.

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Google Maps now shows wheelchair accessibility info for locations

Google Maps now shows wheelchair accessibility info for locations

Google Maps is already a lifesaver for many of us, with the app spitting out locations with just a few taps and keeping us from getting lost with detailed directions. But now it can be even more vital for the millions of people in wheelchairs in the US. Now Google Maps will display wheelchair accessibility information for locations, right alongside details like store hours or dining options, under the "amenities" section.

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Trusted Contacts app from Google tracks friends with GPS

Trusted Contacts app from Google tracks friends with GPS

Google is launching a new app called Trusted Contacts today, and it's aimed toward making sure you're never truly alone - especially in dangerous situations. With the app, you can name a number trusted contacts who can see your location to ensure that your safe. The app also features some degree of offline functionality, so people will be able to see your last known location even if you're venturing into an area will poor wireless service.

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