The new update on Google Maps will give you an entirely new experience in terms of appearance and design. Google has come up with this change to give the users more freedom and flexibility to get around their daily tasks whether it is finding a coffee shop or get to your nearest subway in a better and refreshed way. Read More
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Google is coming up with a new feature on Google Maps to show you the time the you need to wait at a restaurant. While this feature seems to be already available in Google Search, users can get a fair idea before deciding where to go based on Google’s estimation.
Google has come up with a new feature in Google Maps which lets you navigate to multiple destinations simultaneously when you want to look for directions in your android. Before this feature, if you wanted to look for other destinations during an ongoing navigation trip on your android phone then you had to close that ongoing trip and then start a new navigation trip.
When Apple launched its Map service back in 2012, it was quite the disaster. It had many major issues including inaccurate directions, wrongly labelled landmarks and 3D rendering problems. In fact, Tim Cook himself wasn’t very pleased with this service.
Ever since then Apple has been putting in a great deal of efforts to improve their Maps service and these efforts have finally paid off. A recent report by Associated Press states that Apple Maps is now used three times more than its “next leading competitor” on iPhone and iPad, with more than 5 billion map-related requests every week. The “next leading competitor” obviously being Google’s Map service. Read More
Google Maps for Android is getting an interesting update in its version 9.1, which will allow the users to share My Maps. With My Maps, users could create custom maps which they can now share, owing to the update. There is, however, a provision to hide the elements in the interface as the unnecessary items like the search bar will be taken away from the full-screen mode. So while the search bar and quick-launch for directions are not necessarily the things one would want to share, they can be simply removed with a single tap on screen. Now, in order to get the text entry field and the buttons back, the user needs to tap on the screen once again. However, the turn by turn navigation mode will not work for the features. Read More
Apple has launched something that will truly help them take their maps business to the next level – small businesses can now get listed on Apple Maps which will make them searchable on Maps. With the new web service called as Maps Connect small business owners would be able to manage their listings on Apple Maps. The service also has an iBeacon-powered indoor mapping tool for setting up indoor positioning in select areas. With Maps Connect, companies can enter their own listings and verify via a phone call or email address. The indoor mapping tool also allows to setup interior views of their businesses on Apple Maps. The locations that have Wi-Fi throughout the building and at least 1 million visitors per year can only currently use the tool for indoor mapping. Read More
Bloomberg has looked into what really went wrong with iOS 8.0.1 and who is accountable for the whole mess. Their report points the finger at a QA manager who in the past had overseen quality control for Apple Maps project before its launch.
According to Bloomberg,
The same person at Apple was in charge of catching problems before both products were released. […] the mid-level manager overseeing quality assurance for Apple’s iOS mobile-software group, was also in charge of quality control for maps, according to people familiar with Apple’s management structure.
A new feature of iOS 8 that was rolled out with the latest beta 5 has a mechanism to automatically update the Recents list with the details of the called party when a call is made from the search results of Maps App. The feature currently seems to be limited to calls originating from the Maps App. Read More