The new, retooled version of Google maps offers a sleek new interface, but do dolled-up graphics amount to a more useful map? As it turns out, yes, and new customization features make Maps feel more homey than ever.
Today at Google I/O, we were blown away by the new version of Google Maps. It is launching today by invite only for the desktop and includes more detailed directions, social network integration, and tons of 3D images.
Google has already announced a pretty major overhaul of the desktop version of Maps, but it looks like the mobile versions will be getting some updates as well with a new layout and support for real-time updates and Google Offers.
The leaked Google Maps sign-up page hints of full-screen maps, smarter search results, Google Earth integration, and route comparison tool. Was this page just a tease or are these features for real?
Leaked screenshots of the updated Google Maps suggests that the classic sidebar will be giving way to cards and a full-screen map. Google Maps may also integrate with your Google+ network for recommendations.
The carefully overlaid images of our world on Google Maps is an impressive sight even on the dullest computer screen, but one artist has taken Google's documentation of Earth one step further, and the results are breathtaking.
As it continues its work to improve its Maps app, Apple has snapped up indoor location startup WiFiSLAM. The acquisition indicates the tech giant's intention to offer indoor mapping features to improve its app and better compete with Google Maps.
In its first update since launching its new Maps app for iDevices three months ago, Google has introduced a number of new features, including new icons for quick local searches and integration with Google Contacts.
Google rolled out new maps for ski resorts in the US and Canada on Wednesday. Viewable via Google's iOS and Android Maps app, as well as on the Web, the new maps should ensure you never get lost on the piste again.
Converting your devices is one thing, but when we had Andrew switch to a Microsoft life, he had to go all the way. In this "Life and Tiles of a Windows 8 Convert," he details what it's like to live without Google's services, and it's no walk in the park.
As if we needed another reminder that Google is the top of the heap in terms of map services, the company captured a national wonder on street view.
Google's updated maps for North Korea may not be of much use to the country's citizens just now – few have cars and even fewer have access to the Internet – but for anyone intrigued by the secretive state, along with South Koreans who have relatives there…
With more people interested in checking status updates over getting driving directions, Facebook's mobile application rose to the top by the end of the year.
Audi's new MIB infotainment system will use a Tegra computing module to make it easier to update.
Google picks up another automaker partnership as Apple pushes ahead with nine others.