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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 5.4.0

 Google released Maps version 5.4.0 today, bringing about a small list of changes from the previous 5.3.1 update.  Well, what's new in this version?  Google gives us the abilities to:View your Google Maps searches in Google Web History for your account.See additional business details for each...

Google kills off Google Tags

While it may not really seem all that interesting at first glance, today's announcement from Google regarding the discontinuation of Google Tags could potentially mean quite a bit to businesses who jumped on board to support the program. The trial, which began last year, has come to a close and...

Google Maps updates to v5.3.1, doesn't bother with a changelog [update: Got it!]

We'd love to tell you all about this Google Maps v5.3.1 update but -- Google never included a changelog for us this time around. Judging by the e-mails we've received since the update started to roll out, we're not the only ones curious as to what, exactly was changed. While we don't have the...

Google Maps updates to v5.3, focuses again on Latitude

Google has once again pushed a new update for Google maps. The last version we received from the Android Market was that of v5.2 and now v5.3 is available for all. While most of the update looks to be just bug fixes, Google lists the new additions for us as being:Location history dashboard for...

Bing Maps gets an Android SDK

Youtube link for mobile viewing Developers over at InKnowledge have created a native Android SDK for Microsoft's Bing Maps. The SDK allows "developers a choice in terms of map controls" for those not interested in the ubiquitous Google Maps. Interested developers will be pleased to learn that no...

Google Maps Navigation will now automatically route you around traffic

If you're not the sort of person who explicitly trusts GPS and mobile navigation, move on. For everyone else, Google's just flipped the switch on a cool little feature for Google Maps Navigation (which we're reminded yet again is still technically a beta product). Now, when you're driving and using...

Google Maps updates to 5.2, focuses on Hotpot and Latitude

A new Google Maps update has hit the Android Market, bringing the app to Version 5.2. The latest update from the Google Maps team mostly focuses on the social aspect.For those of you that use Google's Hotpot, you will now be able to tweet your reviews using the integrated rating widget. The reviews...

VZ Navigator for the HTC Thunderbolt now in the Android Market, sans phone

Here comes your daily HTC Thunderbolt teaser. (Don't look at us like that -- it's tomorrow in Europe already. Or something like that.) VZ Navigator -- Verizon's own maps powered by NAVTEQ -- will run you $2.99 a day, $4.99 a week or $9.99 a month. But it also has Bing built into it, if you're into...

MapQuest for Android brings free turn-by-turn navigation

 Although most of us love our Google Maps Navigation, it never hurts to have a second option. MapQuest has unveiled their Android app, which brings free turn-by-turn navigation with voice guidance for both walking and driving, voice search, and live traffic updates. It also brings along...

Remind your Valentine of a significant place with Google Maps

 Sure roses are nice and all, but what if you want to give your Valentine something a bit more unique? Well, the Google Maps team has your back as they have released a new service allowing you to send a digital postcard featuring a significant location from your past. Enter in "To" and "From" email...

Google Maps updated, check-in with Latitude added

  Google has updated Google Maps for Android to version 5.1 today, bringing big changes to Latitude.  Where Latitude once was just a pin on a map, now there are check-ins, to connect a place to the location. Users who opt-in for the new Latitude can set it up to notify them when they are at a...

Google explains the wizardry that is Google Maps 5

We're all loving the new version of Google Maps and its vector based graphics, and Google has spent the time to explain exactly what makes them better.  There some great detail about vector graphics, and how using them improves things like drawing roads or place labels as well as enabling the...

Google Maps updated with 3D tilt feature, vector graphics

Google Maps 5.0 -- that awesome version Andy Rubin showed off a week or so ago -- has been released to the Android Market. With the latest version of Google Maps, you get that very cool 3D tilt feature, plus vector graphics for less tiling (there's still some lag, but it's definitely better),...

The Google Nexus S shows off the new Maps app

 We saw Andy Rubin showing off the new Google Maps application on the mystery Motorola Honeycomb tablet on Monday, now we get to see Google showing it off on the upcoming Nexus S.  While it's a render, the 3D buildings and smooth scrolling look great, and it's something we're all looking forward to...

Video: Andy Rubin with the Motorola tablet and Honeycomb

Link for mobile viewingHere's video of Google's Andy Rubin showing off that Tegra 2 Motorola tablet prototype running Android 3.0 Honeycomb and the all-new Google Maps. In a word: WANT! [All Things D] Thanks, Kevin!

Goobye, tiles: Google Maps to get update with vector graphics [Updated]

Google Andy Rubin whipped out a prototype tablet tonight at the D: Dive Into Mobile conference. That it's a prototype Motorola tablet running Honeycomb is special enough. But it's what he was doing on it that sounds pretty cool. First up was Google Maps. And if there's one thing that frustrates us...

Google Navigation comes to Australia

 This is a nice update for our readers down in Australia.  As of today, you can use Google Maps to give you free turn by turn navigation on your Android device providing it's running Android 1.6 or higher.  Australia is the latest in a string of countries to get the popular navigation service, and...

Verizon ad has AT&T seeing red (but not necessarily LTE)

The coverage map war between Verizon Wireless and AT&T continues as Big Red deals a heavy, fourth-generation blow to AT&T's ... 3G network?At first glance, Verizon Wireless wants you to think the unrivaled red footprint seen here is their 4G/LTE coverage map, but it's not, it's their...

Google Maps, Street View updated

Google Maps just got itself a little update to Version 4.7. And as you can see above, you can now rate plates (as in Google Places) to get personalized recommendations, and add a widget to your home screen to make it that much quicker. (How long before you let us check in, Google?) Street View...

Latest Google Maps update tastes a tad like Gingerbread

Remember how Google Maps got an update a couple of days ago that brought some changes to search results? Looks like it also got prepped for Gingerbread. What you see above are two phones, both with Android 2.2 Froyo. But the Nexus One on the left has had its build.prop file changed to API Level 9...

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