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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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Google Street View now lets you enter virtual reality

Google Street View now lets you enter virtual reality

With the help of Google Cardboard, iOS and Android users will soon be entering the virtual reality realm with Street View. Recently split off from Google Maps as its own unique entity, Street View version 2.0 now works with Google Cardboard support. This means that when you tap the Cardboard icon when your device is in landscape mode, the screen will be split in two and adapted to allow you to see in a manner which suits your two unique eyes with two slightly different views.

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Google Maps released for Apple Watch

Google Maps released for Apple Watch

The most updated Google Maps app for iOS now works with the Apple Watch. This update allows the users to see recent routes, tap "Home" or "Work" from their watch, and get turn-by-turn directions. At this time, Google Maps does not include a full color map with your directions on the Apple Watch. Instead, users will get directions with an arrow (left, right, forward, etc.), distance until next direction, and directions in English. This app is available for iOS devices from the iOS App Store right this minute.

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Google Street View app makes spherical photos useful

Google Street View app makes spherical photos useful

Several years ago Google introduced their own take on spherical photo capture in Android. They pushed this functionality to Street View, their own real-world-capture system for Google Maps. Now they've made it accessible and user-friendly for all people with mobile devices with a new Street View app from Google Maps. This app allows you to capture, share, and view your own spherical photos in as simple a way as has ever been delivered on a mobile device.

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Google did not just turn into Alphabet

Google did not just turn into Alphabet

In the past half-day since Google announced Alphabet, there's been just as much confusion as there has been understanding. What Google didn't do was turn themselves into a different company. What Google DID do was to create an umbrella company that's able to better handle all the strange or otherwise non-Googley projects they've found themselves creating over the past few years. Google isn't done, and you're not going to be "Alphabetting" anything when you need to search the internet.

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Alphabet: everything you need to know

Alphabet: everything you need to know

Alphabet is a company created by the founders of Google. At its inception, Alphabet will have Larry Page as CEO and Sergey Brin as President. As Alphabet is created, Google will be slimmed down, and Sundar Pichai will become CEO. Google will become a wholly-owned subsidiary of Alphabet Inc., and several companies that were previously subsidiaries of Google will instead come under the Alphabet umbrella. Alphabet is "mostly a collection of companies." The largest of these companies is Google.

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Night mode finally descends on Google Maps for iOS

Night mode finally descends on Google Maps for iOS

Ever since the whole Apple Maps fiasco almost three years ago, Google has had the opportunity to snatch that part of the mobile Apple experience. So far, it's been working and iPhone users are more or less satisfied. Except for one thing that mostly drivers have been clamoring for: night mode. The day, or night, has finally arrived when you will no longer be blinded by your iPhone's bright screen while driving down the highway. Night mode is finally here, perhaps giving users less reason to switch map apps.

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Google Maps’ new ‘Your Timeline’ explores your past travels

Google Maps’ new ‘Your Timeline’ explores your past travels

Today Google introduced a new feature for Google Maps called 'Your Timeline', and it brings about a way for users to explore the places they have travelled (with Maps, at least). If you’re a frequent Google Maps user and you don’t stick to the same locations all the time, Your Timeline provides a nice way for you to take a trip down memory lane…by viewing your actual real-life trips. The feature works in conjunction with Google Photos to add in some visuals, if applicable.

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You can now send directions directly from desktop to Android

You can now send directions directly from desktop to Android

Google has two independent yet related worlds, one of Android and one of the browser, and connecting the two deeply hasn't always been on the top of Google's list until recently. Things are changing of course, even if rather slowly, and the tech giant is trying to bridge the two worlds without actually merging them, from apps that can somewhat run on one or the other, to being able to seamless send data from one platform to another, like being able to send directions from desktop to Android's Google Maps.

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Google Maps will soon highlight US railroad crossings during navigation

Google Maps will soon highlight US railroad crossings during navigation

While it's hard to image there could be any remaining road data left that could be added to Google Maps for improvement, it turns out there is, and it could making using the service for navigation purposes a bit safer for drivers. In order to reduce the recent spike in the number of accidents at US railroad crossings, the Federal Railway Administration (FRA) has asked Google Maps to include the location of every public and private highway rail crossing.

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Google’s epic response to El Capitan

Google’s epic response to El Capitan

Apple releases an OS update called El Capitan, Google responds by scaling said mountain, documenting the experience. This is the difference between Google and Apple. While Apple may be able to sell millions of phones and release operating systems that the public loses their minds over, they don't have people climbing mountains, recording the experience for distribution for free online. It's just not the same sort of experience. It's just not the same sort of environment - not up a sheer rock face, anyway.

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