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No Wi-Fi? No problem for Google Maps, which just introduced offline search

Google just introduced offline navigation and search. "Now you can download an area of the world to your phone, and the next time you find there’s no connectivity ... Google Maps will continue to work seamlessly,"

Google Maps adds spoken traffic alerts on iOS

In the newest update to the iOS app, Google Maps will now read out traffic alerts, giving you a summary of the traffic ahead and what to expect. This should give drivers a way to switch lanes or take an alternate route.

Google Maps companion app arrives for Apple Watch

If you're an Apple Watch owner who's still reluctant to use Apple Maps, you'll be pleased to know that on Tuesday Google rolled out a companion app for its own mobile mapping software.

Google Map Maker relaunches in U.S. complete with anti-prank safeguards

Google's Map Maker tool for improving Maps was taken offline earlier this year following the infamous "peeing Android" incident. On Tuesday the Web company relaunched the editing tool, complete with anti-prank safeguards.
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Google patents a system for cars that maps potholes

Google has patented a system for cars capable of automatically detecting potholes in roads. It relies on a combination of GPS and motion detectors to pinpoint damaged cement.

Google Maps now detects and prompts you to share photos of food

A new feature of Google Maps automatically detects pictures of food and prompts users to share, upload, and tag them. It's part of Google's effort to fill gaps in its database of local businesses.

Google Project Sunroof shows how much solar juice is on your roof, no math needed 1:30

Enter in your address, and Google's Project Sunroof will calculate how much usable solar energy your house could generate if it were equipped with X number of solar panels.

Google Maps’ new night mode for iOS means no more blinding light

Android users have been able to take advantage of Google Maps' night mode for a long time, and now it's finally come to iOS. The new feature cranks up automatically and offers darker graphics whenever you're using the app to navigate after…

Google Maps update could help you avoid a long wait for coffee in the morning

Think waiting in line is unbearable? Google Maps agrees and it's helping you avoid the lines with a recent update that shows expected wait times at restaurants and coffee shops. Just don't tell your boss or you won't have an excuse for…

New Google Maps feature shows you exactly where you’ve been

If you're a big user of Google Now notifications and love Google Maps, here's something else you're likely to go for – Your Timeline. The new Maps feature, for Android and desktop users, lets you rediscover old journeys and resurface…

New York City to Google: Reduce the number of left turns in Maps navigation directions

Members of the New York City Council have written a letter to Google requesting the company reduce the number of left turns suggested to drivers using Google Maps. The appeal aims to reduce the number of left-turn-related deaths in the…