Google Brings Turn-By-Turn Directions To Offline Maps

google-io-20150229 Google announced that Maps will soon provide turn-by-turn navigation for routes saved for offline use (or when you completely lose your connection in the middle of nowhere). Read More

The Source Article

Google Will Retool Its Maps Service To Prevent Racist Listings

google maps Google has confirmed that it is making changes to its Google Maps service to stop racist terms and other inappropriate words from displaying location search results. The issue blew up this week after searches for “n*****” or “nigga” were found to pull up the White House and other locations associated with African Americans and other ethnic minorities. Read More

The Source Article

Google Works To Improve Spam Detection Systems On Google Maps After Obscene Edits

Screen Shot 2015-04-24 at 1.13.46 PM Google says it’s working to improve its spam-detection systems in its Google Maps platform after yet another prank allowed a user to upload an inappropriate image to Google Maps. This most recent image, which showed the Google Android mascot urinating on the Apple logo in the style of those unfortunate Calvin and Hobbes bootleg decals, was apparently uploaded by a Map Maker user… Read More

The Source Article

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

The Source Article

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

The Source Article

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

The Source Article

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

The Source Article

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

The Source Article