Google Takes On Yelp Elites With Its New “Local Guides” Program

Product_LocalGuidesUpdate_v6_r4 Google is rolling out a “Local Guides” program in an update to Google Maps – a move that seemingly sees the company taking on “Yelp’s Elites” – that is, Yelp’s program where local users gain the status of tastemaker and get invited to special events and parties. Google introduced Local Guides last month by way of a Google+ post, which then… Read More

Google Brings ‘My Maps’ Custom Map Creation To Google Drive

google-my-maps-drive Google’s My Maps tool for building custom drives, trips and routes on its Maps product is now integrated into Google Drive, which means you can build custom maps just as easily as you can new documents, slideshows and spreadsheets. Putting the My Maps tools right inside Google Drive says something about Google’s cloud-based productivity plans – this helps distance its… Read More

Google’s Maps App For iOS And Android Gets Material Design And Uber Estimates

Restaurant Reservations Lifestyle 2 Google has updated Maps to keep with the visual theme introduced with Android 5.0 Lollipop, which it calls material design. The new mobile apps now feature bold headers of solid flat colors and animations that evoke pieces of paper sliding over one another. The apps also offer new features, including reservations you can make at restaurants through the app via OpenTable, and both time and… Read More

Google Unveils The Cartographer, Its Indoor Mapping Backpack

IMG_20140808_161934-MOTION If you have been following the development of Google Maps over the years, you are probably familiar with the Trekker, the backpack that includes a complete Street View camera setup for mapping anything from hikes into the Grand Canyon to walks through penguin colonies in Antarctica. Today, a new backpack is joining Google’s mapping tools: the Cartographer for indoor mapping. Read More

Google’s Ground Truth Initiative For Building More Accurate Maps Now Covers 50 Countries

maps_taiwan Back in 2008, the Google Maps team launched Ground Truth, a project that aims to bring together all of the potential mapping data Google has and local volunteers to build the most accurate maps it can. The project started small, but as Google announced today, with the addition of Taiwan, Malaysia, Poland and Romania — as well as some regions of Russia that weren’t previously… Read More

Google Maps Update Lets You Measure Distance, Draw Crude Pictures

TechCrunch Google Maps Google Maps just released a small, useful update for its Maps desktop product (via TNW). On the web, you can now right-click on any map and select “Measure Distance” to start charting a path and adding points, with Google offering up distances for each of the segments you create. It’s a handy way to find out approximately how far you’ll be travelling for a backwoods hike… Read More

Google Launches Street View Imagery For All 12 World Cup Stadiums In Brazil

png;base645ff88b180167aa2b The first game of the 2014 soccer football World Cup in Brazil is scheduled to kick off a week from now and — in what’s slowly becoming a tradition around major sports events — Google today released Street View imagery of all 12 World Cup stadiums. In addition to the stadiums themselves, Google also took its cameras to the areas around the venues, as well as numerous other… Read More

Don’t Expect To Use Google Maps With Apple CarPlay

Hopefully iPhone owners have gotten used to Apple Maps by now because it’s likely going to be the only mapping solution available through CarPlay. Apple just released a preview page for its forthcoming iOS vehicle integration. Called CarPlay, the system brings the iPhone’s core functionally to cars. Connect an iPhone 5 or later device through a Lightning cable, and the car’s… Read More