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  • Vendor: Google Inc.
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  • 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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Your public Google+ images might now show in Google Maps

Your public Google+ images might now show in Google Maps

You absolutely still have control over your own stuff, but now's a good time to check what you've been sharing Google recently started making some photos that you've posted publicly to Google+ visible in Google Maps as well, as evidenced by the notification we all got in Google+. That's not in...
Google Maps 8.0

Navigating through the new Google Maps 8.0 interface

Drastic improvements to navigation and search interface highlight app overhaul Google today unveiled a pretty great refresh to the Google Maps app today, bringing vast improvements to the navigation experience and usability across the board. For once Google has also included a proper changelog...
Google Maps in North Korea

North Korea gets Google Maps driving directions, Supreme Leader approves

Glorious news for the people of North Korea: Google Maps now supports driving directions for your much-admired native land! The maps of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, surveyed by great statesman and accomplished cartographer Kim Jong Un on his first cross-country drive at three years...
Google Maps brings navigation directions to 20 more countries

Google Maps navigates itself to 20 more countries

Google has expanded availability of its Google Maps with Navigation app, bringing turn-by-turn navigation instructions to 20 more countries. This brings free driving, walking, and bicycling directions to more people as Google Maps with Navigation makes its global expansion. Here are the new...

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Your public Google+ images might now show in Google Maps

Your public Google+ images might now show in Google Maps

You absolutely still have control over your own stuff, but now's a good time to check what you've been sharing Google recently started making some photos that you've posted publicly to Google+ visible in Google Maps as well, as evidenced by the notification we all got in Google+. That's not in...
Google Maps brings navigation directions to 20 more countries

Google Maps navigates itself to 20 more countries

Google has expanded availability of its Google Maps with Navigation app, bringing turn-by-turn navigation instructions to 20 more countries. This brings free driving, walking, and bicycling directions to more people as Google Maps with Navigation makes its global expansion. Here are the new...
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Google Maps teams up with Bungie to launch Destiny Planet View

Game developer Bungie is teaming up with Google Maps for a new way to promote its upcoming sci-fi first person shooter Destiny. Today sees the launch of Destiny Planet View, which presents a fictional version of Google's mapping tech set hundreds of years in the future. The Destiny Planet View...
Georgetown on Google Maps Street View

Google Maps Street View adds imagery of 36 more university campuses in the U.S. and Canada

Google Maps is expanding its Street View database to include walkthrough imagery of 36 more popular universities across the U.S. and Canada, just in time for the back-to-school season. Google highlights imagery from Georgetown, University of Miami and University of Regina in its post, along with...
Google Maps Explore View

Google Maps rolling out new 'Explore' button to reveal tailored local info

Google is adding a brand new way find out more about your surroundings in Google Maps with a new "Explore" feature. In the bottom right corner of the latest Google Maps app, you'll now notice a small location pin button next to the location button — tap it, and you'll be taken into the new...
Google Maps Hindi

Google Maps is now available in Hindi

If you're one of the 310 million people who count Hindi as your primary language, you'll be glad to know that Google Maps is now available in Hindi. Google India announced the rollout of the feature today, which is available for the web and on Android devices running Android 4.3 and above. To...
Voice in Google Maps

Google Maps adds in-navigation voice control, elevation info for bicyclists

Google Maps is receiving an update to version 8.2 today, with a solid set of new features including in-navigation voice control, elevation change information for bicyclists and faster access to voice input from the main maps screen. The biggest change in this latest version is the ability to give...
Smarty Pins is a Maps-powered geography trivia game from Google

Smarty Pins is a Maps-powered geography trivia game from Google

Google has launched a new, Google Maps-based trivia game called Smarty Pins. The game asks you a number of geographically-based questions, and you drop your pin in the correct location to answer. The questions have a great range of difficulty, and pull from different topics like entertainment,...
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Google Maps updated for Android Wear

If you're excited about Android Wear, you'll be happy to hear that shortly after the Google I/O 2014 keynote, Google Maps was updated to support your favorite upcoming smartwatches. Seeing as Maps will be a major use case for Android Wear, this is great news regardless of whether you're getting...
Google Maps now displays descriptions on the maps when you search

Google Maps update brings better search and terrain view

Shortly after the Google I/O keynote ended, Google pushed out an update to Google Maps to bring some new features to the free turn-by-turn navigation service. The change log this time is rather short, but the update does make it easier for you to search for places and know where to go....

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