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  • Vendor: Google Inc.
  • Version: Varies with device
  • Price: Free

Those of us of a certain age remember a time before Google Maps. A time before the maps that came before Google Maps. A time when we unfolded large pieces of paper in a car while driving at high speed — or, worse, as a tourist in a faraway land — gazed at the mysterious symbols and hoped we knew which way we were pointed in the first place.

Those were the dark ages.

In February 2005 Google launched Google Maps. And today it's an integral part of our daily lives, to say nothing of the Google experience. At its simplest, it's a way to figure out where you are, or where you're going. But it's grown into so much more than that. Google Maps now ties into your search results. Looking for, say, Chinese food? You'll see recommendations. Or, even better, is that you might see your friends' recommendations, thanks to integration with Google+.

And what Google did from the top down with satellites it's also done from the driver's seat. Google has a fleet of cars worldwide that maps the roads and highways, ensuring accuracy and — and this is the really cool part — taking 360-degree "Street view" pictures, so you can actually see where you're going and what it will look like before you get there.

Google Maps made the transition from web browser to mobile, of course, and it's now an indispensable part of our online lives.

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Top 10 tips and tricks for Google Maps on Android

Google Maps is a powerful tool, so make it work for you with some of these clever tips and tricks. If you haven't noticed by now, we're lined up a pretty great series of getting to know Google Maps. We've covered everything from the basics down to more intricate uses, and now we wanted to...
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Alternatives to Google Maps on Android

Google Maps is known for its fantastic mapping data and location database, but there are also great alternatives out there. Just because Google Maps comes pre-loaded on your phone and tablet doesn't mean that it's the only choice for you to use when it comes to mapping. Google has put a lot...
Google Maps and Earth

Google Maps and Google Earth: What's the difference?

Google has two distinctly different apps — Maps and Earth — that can handle similar tasks but are used in very different ways. Whereas on the desktop you can quickly switch between the informative Maps interface and detailed full-blown satellite Earth view, the experience is a bit choppier...
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How to save Google Maps for offline use

Google Maps puts a crazy amount of information at your fingertips, but that's really only the case if you have an Internet connection. Step-by-step navigation, place searches and other advanced features require your device to be online, but Google Maps does offer you the ability to save one...

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Android mapping apps

Alternatives to Google Maps on Android

Google Maps is known for its fantastic mapping data and location database, but there are also great alternatives out there. Just because Google Maps comes pre-loaded on your phone and tablet doesn't mean that it's the only choice for you to use when it comes to mapping. Google has put a lot...
Google Maps

Top 10 tips and tricks for Google Maps on Android

Google Maps is a powerful tool, so make it work for you with some of these clever tips and tricks. If you haven't noticed by now, we're lined up a pretty great series of getting to know Google Maps. We've covered everything from the basics down to more intricate uses, and now we wanted to...
Google Maps Street View

How to use Google Maps Street View on your phone or tablet

Sometimes you need to get up close and personal with your maps — Street View has you covered. While most people have played around with Street View for some fun exploring on the web, the full suite of Street View imagery is also available on your phone or tablet in the Google Maps app. Of...
Google Maps and Earth

Google Maps and Google Earth: What's the difference?

Google has two distinctly different apps — Maps and Earth — that can handle similar tasks but are used in very different ways. Whereas on the desktop you can quickly switch between the informative Maps interface and detailed full-blown satellite Earth view, the experience is a bit choppier...
Google location history

How to clear search and location history in Google Maps on the web

It takes some time, but you can completely control the location history Google collects from your devices. We've already covered how to remove individual locations and history items from Google Maps on Android, but when you need to access and manage all of your location history, you need to...
Google Maps history

How to clear search and location history in Google Maps on Android

We all search for plenty of wacky and one-time things in Google Maps, and despite what Google thinks we don't always want that sitting in our history forever. There are also plenty of times when we navigate somewhere that we'll never go back to, and there's no reason to have it saved in the...
Google Maps

Finding your way around with Google Maps on Android

Google Maps isn't just for browsing around and looking up restaurants, it's also an incredibly powerful navigation tool. When you need to get from A to B (to C and D) with reliable step-by-step directions, it's usually a good choice to go with the Google Maps app on your phone. Whether you'...
Google Maps Direction Sharing

How to share directions in Google Maps for Android

You've always been able to share a specific location, or even your own location, on Google Maps — but as of version 9.3 of the app you can now share point to point directions. The process is extremely simple, and gives you step-by-step text directions that can be read by anyone on any device...
Google Maps Offline Save

How to save Google Maps for offline use

Google Maps puts a crazy amount of information at your fingertips, but that's really only the case if you have an Internet connection. Step-by-step navigation, place searches and other advanced features require your device to be online, but Google Maps does offer you the ability to save one...
Google Maps

The basics of Google Maps for Android

Google Maps is one of the biggest and best products from Google, and its integration and power within Android is one of the main selling points for many phones today. But with a system this powerful things start to get complicated, and it isn't always obvious how to do the most basic things...

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