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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 5.7 brings public transit navigation, better search, improved Places

Google Maps just got a sizable update, with a slew of new features that those of you in major metro areas are going to want to check out. First and foremost is the addition of Transit Navigation. It's in beta (of course), but gives you directions via public transit in more than 400 cities...
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Google Maps updates to v5.6.0

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Google rolls out Live Transit Updates for Maps

Starting today, users of Google Maps (desktop and mobile versions) will be able to see live transit updates, informing them if their ride is actually going to show up on time. Google's managed to make this magic happen by partnering with transit agencies in four US cities and two in Europe.If you'...
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Sprint Navigation now available for the Nexus S 4G

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Google Maps updates to v5.5.0

A new Google Maps update is now available. This version -- v5.5.0 has only three changes listed in the changelog but it brings some stuff that users have been asking for all while addressing some privacy concerns within Latitude. The full changelog is as follows:Check in and out directly from Place...
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Google Maps updated for mobile browsers

Have you ever tried accessing Google Maps from your mobile browser? If so, you no doubt realized that it didn't exactly give you the desired results -- being that it allowed you to actually use Google Maps. Instead, it detected your mobile browser and then offered up a mobile app link so that you...
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Google Transit does Washington, D.C.

If you live in Washington, D.C. and make use of the transit system, your trip planning has just got a little easier. Google has updated Google Transit with all of D.C. Metro bus stations, stops and routes, as well as listings for connections to surrounding cities such as Baltimore, Montgomery and...
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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

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Google Maps Navigation will now automatically route you around traffic

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Google Maps updates to 5.2, focuses on Hotpot and Latitude

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MapQuest for Android brings free turn-by-turn navigation

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Remind your Valentine of a significant place with Google Maps

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Google Maps updated, check-in with Latitude added

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