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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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Google Maps updated to Version 4.6 with search improvements

Google Maps just got itself a little update in ye olde Android Market. And as you can see above, the changes are as follows: You can filter your search results by what's currently open, but neighborhood or by related searches. Also, you can browse the updated reviews section of Place Pages to read...

Google Maps gets an update, adds weather to live wallpapers

  Google Maps just got itself a little update to add weather to the live wallpaper. Haven't actually seen any weather yet in Version 4.5.1, but I've been accused of living in a vacuum before. Get it now in the Android Market. [via Android Central Forums]

Get Google back on the Samsung Fascinate for free and without rooting

So you want the Samsung Fascinate, but don't want to give up your precious Google services, eh? Can't stand that Verizon traded Google Search for Bing? Gotta have Google Maps? No worries. We've got your covered. With three free apps and one bookmark, you can transform the Fascinate into a nearly...

Google Maps gets Walking Navigation

Google Maps for Android just got itself a nice little update, blending the navigation feature with walking directions to create -- you guessed it -- "Walking Navigation." Now you'll get the same three-dimensional view with walking directions as you would in a car, only a little more pedestrian-...

Android wins big in 'Apps for Army' competition

The U.S. military has been making a strong push lately into building on top of existing systems like the Android OS in order to increase capabilities while keeping costs low. The Army recently  wrapped up its "Apps for Army" competition in which Army soldiers and civilians were asked to create apps...

Google Maps makes finding 'places' even easier

Google Maps just served notice to every other location-based business app out there with the introduction of "Places." A tie-in with Google Maps, it makes it super easy to find any kind of, well, place. It's location-based, so it knows where you are, it's fast, and pretty soon it's going to know...

Google Maps adds ratings, public transit schedules, Latitude improvements

Hot on the heels of Google Voice opening up, here comes an update to Google Maps for Android. Version 4.3 brings the following improvements:Location ratings: Service suck? You'll find out here. The atmosphere less than romantic? You'll know in advance.Public transit schedules: Knowing how to get to...

Advanced Map Live Wallpaper -- this is why we love open source

Remember how much we loved the live wallpaper that came with a recent Google Maps update?  The developers at AndroidGamer just cranked things up a notch.  This goes way beyond changing map layers and brings just about every type of map you can imagine to life on your home screen.  AndrodiGamer...

Google Maps Navigation adds 11 nations

Today, Google expanded its Google Maps Navigation system to cover 11 more countries: Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Portugal, Spain and Switzerland for Android devices running Donut (Android 1.6) and higher. The turn-by-turn directions can be read in the...

Google Maps for Android updated with biking directions, nav shortcut, sharing

It sure is nice when the folks building your operating system also make some of the best applications around.  Proof -- Google Maps for Android's new updates.  Little things make for great software, and the Google maps app is chock full of them.  Today's update brings biking directions, a direct...

Google introduces Place Pages for mobile

Google is making its mobile search even better by introducing Place Pages for Mobile. Place Pages for Mobile allows Android (and iPhone) users to find details of restaurants, businesses, etc. in one simple page. You can get basic info like store hours, pictures, and phone numbers along with the...

Google Maps Navigation now works in the UK (and with Android 1.6)

Good news for our friends in the United Kingdom -- you finally can make your way throughout her majesty's land using Google Maps Navigation. Which comes in handy when airports shut down thanks to Icelandic volcanoes, right? And even better is that it works with Android 1.6, too. (Thanks, Darren,...

Google Maps updated to Version 4.1, brings account switching, live wallpaper

Android 1.6+ Google Maps went and updated itself to Version 4.1 tonight, bringing with it an updated search page, support for multiple accounts, a Latitude widget and -- this is very cool -- the ability to make Google Maps your live wallpaper. Let's break it down, erm, after the break. Search...

Google Maps updated to Version 4.0

We mentioned it in the Google Buzz launch post, but it bears repeating: Google Maps has been updated to Version 4.0. With it you get support for the Buzz layers, along with the previously mentioned night mode and synchronized starred items. Update Google Maps here. More pics after the break.

Motorola Droid gets pinch-to-zoom in Google Maps application (update)

You guys wanted pinch-to-zoom on the Motorola Droid, and you're getting pinch-to-zoom on the Motorola Droid. At least in Google Maps, thus far, which has been updated to Version 3.4.0 and lets you get your multitouch on. Let's hope we see a full multitouch update to the Droid come down the pike...

Google Maps reportedly working on adding 'Google Store View'

Looks like Google Maps might be getting ready to move its Street View feature indoors. Search Engine Land was told by NYC store Oh Nuts that it was visited by a Google rep who took picture inside every six feet in all directions. Products also were snapped. It'll be interesting to see exactly...

Sony Ericsson working on 3D mapping

Here's something on the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 that wasn't part of the hands-on demo we got at CES: 3D satellite maps. SE has an Android 3D Landscape SDK that "uses unique maps in 3D and fast methods for rendering the maps which makes it possible to show realtime 3D maps in high quality. The maps...

Google Maps updated to v3.3 for Donut and above

Not content with rolling out Android 2.0.1 for the Verizon Droid and springing Goggles on us, Google today also has released Google Maps 3.3.The new version makes it easier to find nearby businesses. In addition, Google has brought its Labs section to Google Maps for Android. In it you'll find...

Verizon DROID Eris Will Receive Android 2.0 in 2010

 Hey, hey! Looks like the DROID Eris will be joining the cool kids soon enough. The DROID Eris is set to receive the Android 2.0 software update in early 2010 that'll bring the already compelling device to the forefront of the discussion. HTC Sense UI + Android 2.0? How do you top that? From...

Archos 5 Gets Android Market, Google Maps, Gmail and More

 The Archos 5 Android Tablet is powered by Android but lacks the Google Apps that 'with Google' devices come with. You know, the apps that make Android even better. Luckily, the hacking community has found a way to make those apps--Android Market, Google Maps, Gmail, Google Talk, and all the other...

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