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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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Google Maps gains offline navigation and search in India

Google brings offline navigation and search to Google Maps in India

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Google Maps gains offline navigation and search

Google Maps adds offline navigation and search

Google has finally starting the roll out of offline navigation and search to Google Maps, allowing you to save a geographic area to navigate without the need for a connection. This feature was first previewed back at Google I/O, and it is just now beginning to roll out to users. With this, you'...
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Google Maps and Search apps add holiday hours for businesses

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Google Maps to add detour options with ease

Google Maps will soon let you add multiple destinations to your route

Google has announced that an update to Google Maps, which will be rolling out over the next few weeks, will bring gas prices to the maps as well as the ability to add detours to your route. With this, you'll be able to add extra stops on your journey, without having to reset your end destination...
The giant tortoises of the Galapagos are on Street View

You can now spy on the giant tortoises from the Galapagos Islands on Google Street View

Google recently launched a standalone Street View app for mobile phones, and now you can keep up with the giant tortoises of the Galapagos Islands. There are tons of places you can check out with the app, in full 360-degree glory, but why not see what some huge tortoises are up to, right? In...
Google rolls out new branding to app icons on Android and the web

Google begins rolling out new branding across web and Android apps

Following the announcement of its new logo, Google has started updating the logos and icons of several of its apps. On the web, several of Google's services now feature a capital sans-serif G where there was previously a lower-case serif g. Likewise, updates have started trickling out to the...
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Google Map Maker edits allowed once again in the US and many more countries

Google is once again allowing people to access its Map Maker feature in order for them to edit and submit their Google Maps changes for the United States and 44 more countries. Google suspended access to Map Maker earlier this year after it was discovered that someone had placed the Android...
Google Maps' new timeline feature puts location history at your fingertips [Update]

Google Maps' new timeline feature puts location history at your fingertips [Update]

If you've ever wanted a convenient way to keep track of your stops on your latest trip with Google Maps for Android, you may be in luck. Google appears to be quietly rolling out a new "Timeline" feature which allows you to take a look at your location history in detail. The feature, called "...
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Google Map Maker will be reopened in phases starting in early August

Google will once again allow outside contributors to edit features on Google Maps in the near future with the reopening of its Google Map Maker service. The company will open the service on a limited basis sometime in early August, in order to find reliable community members that can take on some...
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Google brings real-time traffic information to Indian roads

Driving on Indian roads is not unlike navigating an obstacle course, with motorists on two-wheelers and four-wheelers trying to dodge city buses (which don't follow the lane system), autos and errant pedestrians. And that's not even accounting for the wildlife that manages to find its way onto...
Google Maps will soon have railroad crossing information

Google to bring railroad crossing information to Google Maps

Google Maps will soon include all of the public railroad crossings on its maps, as the company has partnered with the Federal Railroad Administration to increase driver safety. There are around 130,000 public and 85,000 private crossings in the country currently, and there are more than 2,000...


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