Google Maps

Google now has two apps that have amassed more than 1 billion installations each. Gmail was the first, and now there's Google Maps. To be clear, though, that's a little different than 1 billion downloads of, say, the Android Central App, which doesn't come preinstalled on any phone that has access to Google services. As we wrote when Gmail hit the Big B, "there are downloads, and then there are downloads." (If Google wants to bundle us, though, we'll be more than happy to oblige.) If anything, it's a better indicator of just how many Android devices — and proper, Googly Android devices — are out there.

That should in no way diminish the magnitude of the number, however. A billion installations of anything is a big deal, and mad props to the Google Maps team for what arguably is the most important mobile app out there.

For more on downloads, installations and statistics, see this post.

 

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Google Maps, preinstalled on, well, most phones, passes the 1 billion mark

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One of the most vital apps I have ever used on any device. This app is why it is hard for me to move to WP or BB.
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Amen. I have it front and center on all my devices. I just really really really wish google will add in an "on the way stop to destination" option in the navigation. Idk how else to say that. Lol

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This is the biggest feature missing. My old Tom Tom on my Treo 650 had an option for searching points of interest 'along the route.' Gas stations, restaurants may be closer behind me, but I'm not going that direction!

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Yeah I wouldn't buy a separate nav system just for that. I know most of them have that, but this feature is just wanted, not needed.

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I am still using GMaps v6 because it included the coveted "search along route" feature. Can't upgrade and be without it.

Wow. Thanks for defining what everyone wants vs needs. There's always someone. Wow.
I NEEDED this feature just last week and ended up changing my travel plan a bit b/c I could not find desired destination along the course. Used to live it on my old TomTom.
Glad to know I don't really need it though. What a relief.

Calm your chops man. I speak for myself, no one else. I don't care what you want or need. I did not say that's what EVERYONE wants and not needs. I'll say it again so that you understand, I was speaking for myself. Not you. Not the next guy. If you loved your TomTom so much, then use that and quit busting my shit about it.
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Nope. Didn't need to. Find reporting the amount of users on an app that people don't choose to download a bit pointless really. Obviously maps is a fantastic tool but find the article a bit pointless hence the sarcastic post

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But the article touches on what you are talking about. I don't even....

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Clearly you don't understand sarcasm which is obviously my fault. I apologise. Won't happen again

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Clearly you didn't read the article so you don't know what they are talking about.

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If that was sarcasm, my sarcasm meter needs a fucking tune up.

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Lol. Explain how it's not sarcasm when I used the term "downloads" knowing the difference and offering congratulations on a number which didn't really mean much. Jesus haha

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Next time I'll make it really obvious pal. Anyway. Maps is a fantastic app. Aside from the whole "look we have a billion installations" thing, which I find mental, It's one of THE things that I love about android.

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Even if it didn't come pre-installed on my devices it would be one of the first few apps I would install.

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Phil

You should go directly to the carriers and get included. They love that stuff. Make a kickstarter to come up with the funds

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While it is a grand idea, I love Android Central, it simply isn't the best idea. Android Central posts about many carriers and many (android) devices. Carriers wouldn't like that because it essentially shares the info on what competitors are doing.

What the heck! I'm getting so close to making this a system app!

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They aren't making money on it though. Facebook is growing its mobile revenue faster.

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They're not making money on it? Really? Last I checked, they were making more money every quarter than you can fit in a supertanker, on consumer interests and locations.

They're not making money on the app itself, but you can bet they're monetizing the data they receive from the usage that shows where people go and the different types of transportation that people use in order to reach their destinations. It can point out differences between city and suburban transportation usage, for example. Don't underestimate the selling potential of data.

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People don't use maps the way they use search. There isn't as much data to collect.

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They count the "installations" by accounts. I have Maps on several Android devices but that only counts as one "installation".

Maps works but search function has gotten a lot worse from previous versions. I use maps more than just for directions but also searching for places. When searching for a business with multiple locations before it would pull up all locations within a certain distance but now it just pulls up one. I have to use google.com and use the search engine and it will pull up all the locations in my area. This has been a hassle and not sure why it hasn't been fixed.

I kind of have the same issue with the search too. I find it generally slower and more difficult to search for places. And I do the same, use maps to search for all places.

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Mine pulls up multiple results at a time. Even if there is just one result at the bottom, try swiping right/left to see the different results.

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This is the Windows We're The Standard Now milestone. It's now on so many machines it is officially the defacto software program you use for navigation.

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Google maps is great and this is good news I use it to travel all the time and the traffic prediction is excellent

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I always make it to where I'm going when google maps says I will. Unless there's no traffic. Cause then it doesn't factor in how fast I will actually be going;)

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Why is Google not handing out a billion free nexus devices to commemorate this monumental achievement,

John Hancock

I really wish they would add a feature to easily download maps offline. I know you can do the screen shot deal, but I wish I could just press a button and download a state's or country's maps.

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Actually, you can. Long press anywhere, drag the result at the bottom of the screen upwards, press "Save map to use offline".

But I agree, it would be awesome to have offline navigation, but Google renders route information on their servers, not on the device itself, otherwise the app would be incredibly bloated (and slow - Mobile processors aren't near as fast and efficient as those in the cloud).

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GMaps is so great I rooted a Kindle Fire HD for it. Too bad I just lost root after an update yesterday, but at least Google services still work.

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Maps on my AT S4 has been very buggy since the last update with frequent app crashing.

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