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Google Maps for iOS gets detours, 3D touch features

Google Maps for iOS gets detours, 3D touch features

Apple Maps has been out for ages, and while I've heard that the bugs have been worked out, I still don't bother to use it. Google Maps just has too many good features that I'm used to. And speaking of new features, those iPhone 6s (and 6s Plus) owners out there, you'll find a little something special in the latest version of the app.

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Google Maps “explore around you” launches in five more locations

Google Maps “explore around you” launches in five more locations

In the US and the UK, Google Maps users have been able to use the "explore around you" feature to find good places to eat or get a drink in the area where they are. Google has now announced that the "explore around you" options is launching in five other countries including France, Italy, Spain, Germany, and Japan. To use the feature Google Maps users just need to choose the "Explore around you" option on maps for Android.

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Google Street View maps the world’s largest model railway

Google Street View maps the world’s largest model railway

Google has a come a long way since they started rolling out their Street Vew cars years ago. They started out with major highways and busy streets. Eventually they started documenting some of the paths less traveled, utilizing camels, snowmobiles, and other means of transportation to capture the most accurate views of the paths we take. But for their latest endeavor, they had to think smaller. Much smaller.

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Google Maps Driving Mode adds intel to familiar routes

Google Maps Driving Mode adds intel to familiar routes

Google Maps is adding a new Driving Mode, which brings navigation-style traffic warnings and easy redirection to impromptu journeys. The new functionality, which is being enabled for an updated version of Google Maps for Android this week, aims to streamline routes familiar to the driver by guessing where you're going.

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Google Maps on iOS now shows business hours, gas prices

Google Maps on iOS now shows business hours, gas prices

Almost everyone has had this experience, or nightmare navigating to a new destination. You decide to take your family or friends to a restaurant you've been hearing rave reviews about. Armed with Google Maps (or your choice of navigation), you are confident you'll reach your destination safe, sound, and, more importantly, fresh. Which you eventually do, but not in time to find out that the place closes shop at 8 p.m. If you had Google Maps' update app on your iPhone or iPad, that wouldn't have been a problem.

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Apple Maps beats Google Maps… on iPhones

Apple Maps beats Google Maps… on iPhones

This week it's been suggested by Apple that Apple Maps has overtaken Google Maps on iOS devices by a large margin. Apple suggests with the Associated Press that its mapping service is "now used more than three times as often as its next leading competitor on iPhone and iPads, with more than 5 billion map-related requests each week." What does an iPhone user do when they need a map? They tap the app called Maps.

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10 more VR landmarks to visit with Google Cardboard (in Jordan)

10 more VR landmarks to visit with Google Cardboard (in Jordan)

Welcome to Jordan - Google's opened up the floodgates for virtual reality using "Street View" cameras and Google Cardboard. Without having to travel thousands of miles in a plane, you'll now be able to open up your web browser, tap a link, and open one of a handful of landmarks in the ancient city - placing your phone in your Google Cardboard VR headset to enter 10 unique realms. With Google's help, we're able to direct you to ten fantastic environments where your VR headset will transport you to a distant land in an instant.

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Google Star Wars promo turns your account to the Light or Dark Side

Google Star Wars promo turns your account to the Light or Dark Side

With less than a month to go until Star Wars: The Force Awakens hits theaters, Google is getting in on the hoopla surrounding the movie's release. The web giant has launched a new "Awaken The Force Within" promo that lets users align their Google account with either the Light Side or the Dark Side. Once navigating to the main page at google.com/starwars, users sign in like normal, and then drag their icon to either the left or right. After confirming their selection, all of Google's web apps will be refreshed with designs to match their alignment.

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Google rewarding Maps reviewers with 1 TB of Drive storage

Google rewarding Maps reviewers with 1 TB of Drive storage

It may not be that well-known, but Google Maps actually has its own Yelp rival built right in, allowing users to leave reviews, photos, and information about restaurants, attractions, and other locations. It's called Local Guides, and now Google is upping its incentives for users who continually make contributions. Among the rewards are the chance to win a new Nexus smartphone and access to beta features before others, but one of best may be 1TB of free storage for Google Drive.

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Google Maps update has Gas Prices near you

Google Maps update has Gas Prices near you

Google Maps is updated to include the prices of gasoline at gas stations throughout the United States. While a previous update included standard prices at some gas stations, this newest version includes prices for Diesel, Midgrade, Premium, and Regular gasoline as well. At the time this article is being published, you may not be able to see any of these gas prices live on Google Maps. You might also not be able to see them when you upgrade with the newest APK - Google will activate this feature very, very soon.

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Google Maps offline: How to download

Google Maps offline: How to download

While Google Maps offline functionality isn't strictly new in a broad sense of the word, some of its most important functions are. What we're going to do today is show you how to access offline maps in Google Maps, and why you're not able to access offline maps if you're reading this article too far into the past. When this article is being published, for example, not all users will be able to access offline maps with this new method.

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Google Maps now offers offline navigation and search

Google Maps now offers offline navigation and search

As one of the most popular and most used navigation and mapping apps on smartphones today, it's hard to imagine Google Maps getting much better than it already is. Until, of course, you find yourself in a situation with poor or no network connection and in desperate need of the app. Starting today, however, Google is launching a major revamp of its offline Maps feature, adding support not only for search, but for turn-by-turn driving directions as well.

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