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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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Want to Get Google Maps Navigation on Your T-Mobile G1? Here's How

 We're sure a lot of you T-Mobile G1 owners have been interested in Google Maps Navigation since it was announced (to be fair, who isn't interested?). And when we told you that the fine folks at xda-developers had figured a way to port Google Maps Navigation onto the beloved G1, you couldn't wait...

Google Maps Navigation Ported to T-Mobile G1

 It looks like the lovely folks over at xda-developers have already figured out how to port Googles Maps Navigation onto the forever-in-our-hearts T-Mobile G1. The explanation and specific hack is much too smart for us to process but it sounds like its running fine and working well. So even if...

Screenshots of Google Maps Navigation

 If you're not interested in Google Maps Navigation, you should be. It's been one of the most requested features for Google Maps for quite some time and to finally have it in Android 2.0 is an absolute game changer. Just check out the stocks of standalone GPS makers like Garmin and TomTom, it...

Google Introduces Free Turn-By-Turn Directions in Android 2.0

Google just announced Google Maps Navigation for Android 2.0 that'll offer users free turn-by-turn navigation. You heard that right. Google Maps. Free Turn-By-Turn Navigation. Android 2.0. Google Maps Navigation has everything you'd expect to find in a GPS application--3D views, turn-by-turn voice...

TomTom Interested in Releasing Turn-by-Turn GPS Application for Android

 As good as Google Maps is for most everyday Android users, many users still clamor for a high quality turn-by-turn GPS solution. Enter TomTom. Having just released an official application for the iPhone platform, TomTom recently announced their interest toward Android and plans to develop an...

Google Maps on Android Gets an Update with New Features

Google Maps is one of the best features of Android and thanks to the guys at Google, it just got even better. Google has issued an update to Google Maps through the Android Market and the update is quite significant.New features include Voice Search, updated business listings, transit and walking...

Reminder: TeleNav GPS Navigator Is Now Available

Just a reminder guys! TeleNav GPS Navigator for Android was made available to the public yesterday. You get turn-by-turn directions, 3D maps, millions of POI's, and traffic alerts in a potentially very useful application. We're still testing the software out for our review but in the meantime so...

How Maps Work on Android

Maps is going to be a big part of Android and the T-Mobile G1 has a lot of neat features that will allow it to be quite possibly the best GPS device on the market. The G1 combines a lot of technology and smart software into one slick package that'll deliver accurate real-life renderings. The...

A Brief Look at Google Maps Street View on the T-Mobile G1

Android Community has a great video on the actual workings of Google Maps Street View on the T-Mobile G1. Google Maps will certainly be a killer app on the T-Mobile G1 because of a feature that no cell phone currently offers--the ability to control Street View by just moving the device around, as...

Official T-Mobile G1 Product Pictures Leaked

Everyone who knows anything about Android knows that the big unveiling of the T-Mobile G1 and Android will happen tomorrow in New York City at 10:30 AM (EST). So what happens when a huge, highly anticipated event that will surely capture all the media's attention is scheduled? Leaks galore!...

Andy Rubin Demos Android Features in a Tutorial

Andy Rubin, also known as the head honcho of all things Android over at Google gives a quick demo of Android to BBC and well, it looks pretty darn cool. The two noteworthy items shown are obviously Google Maps Street View and Quake, both of which run very well. Even though the prototype phone is...

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