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Google’s Ingress project is bigger than it seems

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Google’s augmented reality game, Ingress, has reached a critical mass with a relatively large following even before it’s public release earlier today.

Although the game was set aside as a minor gaming project for Google’s Niantic Labs at its beta launch, we’re finally starting to see what all of this actually means.

John Hanke, a key leader on the project and a co-creator of Google Earth, likened Ingress to a “concept project” that could eventually turn into a platform to allow anyone to create an alternate reality game of their own.

Users have been catching on as well. A recent article on the Ingress project from The Verge cites users that took their frustration from a bad day out on the game, users that found a “sense of control” through the game, and users that even lost 40 pounds walking around to play the augmented reality game.

Users are saying that the staying power is certainly there, but it’s all about how Niantic Labs continues to push great content to gamers and keeps improving the game on a regular basis.

Source: The Verge

 

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Sony Z Ultra Google Play edition unboxing and hands-on

The Sony Z Ultra loses the Xperia tag, but gains the 'Google experience'

A big phone or a small tablet? Neither? Both? It's the same Z Ultra we've seen before, with a little more Google in it. Big, bold, and waterproof, it's one we all were surprised to see when Google announced it

For fans of big phones — or small tablets with a phone on board — there is a lot to like here. As we saw with previous Google Play experience devices, you have Google's version of Android, with a few essential OEM customizations added on top. Additions like the X-Reality display software are great additions, and the combination makes for the best experience.

You've got everything Google as well. The Google applications we're used to seeing — minus the AOSP Gallery app, which has been fully replaced with Photos — including things like Google Earth and Google Currents are on board. The same goes for Google Wallet and the tap and pay function. The back of the Z Ultra says Sony, but you'll know you're holding a Google device in your hands.

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Is Android the future of Oculus Rift?

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In my entire life, there is one moment from a technology perspective that stands heads and shoulders above the rest purely in terms of “wowing” me: the Leap Motion + Oculus Rift + Google Earth demo set up at I/O earlier this May. Essentially, you put on the immersive VR headset, where you could see the world around you via Earth. Using Leap Motion, you could move around, and look in any direction by just moving your head.

Simply put, you were Superman. I did in fact move out towards the edge of the Earth’s atmosphere and then dive back down quickly. It was insane, it took me almost half an hour to get my sense of balance back and I almost throw up just picturing that Baumgartner moment in my head. The Oculus Rift, for all its exceptional qualities, does have that problems to solve.

From a technological perspective, one of the crucial ones that it needs to is how to get rid of the wires that actually provide the content displayed on the mount. As something that is aimed towards gaming, it needs a powerful machine behind it, and a PC is perfect for that. However, John Carmack, the CTO of Oculus Rift, mentioned in an interview with Engadget that Android might provide the perfect compromise for those wanting an untethered experience.

It makes perfect sense: with Google Glass and a few other projects, Android is already powering a few head-mounted displays with the only difference with Oculus Rift being that they aren’t as intrusive, with Oculus needing to take over your complete view. However, it’s Android, and Oculus Right can make any change they need to so as to provide the optimal experience.

At moments like these I can’t help but be grateful that people like Farhad Manjoo (who thought Google should save Android by close-sourcing it) are nothing more than writers and have no real power in the world. Would a closed-source Android have been better for Google? Potentially. However, are the trade-offs worth it considering what it allows everyone else to achieve? Most certainly.

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Google Earth now incorporates geotagged Google+ photos

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An updated version of Google Earth is combining your own pictures with the cache of satellite imagery showcasing the globe in extreme detail. After signing in with your Google account, a new option for Google+ photos (under the More Maps dialog) will pin geotagged images to their point of origin on the map.

When perusing Google Earth’s satellite view, any relevant images will appear as thumbnails which can be tapped to expand to a slideshow view. It’s a lot like Instagram’s Photo Maps, except the underlying world is far more detailed. It’s a contextualization of photos that adds a layer of rich depth. It would be great to see this sort of thing built directly into Google+, but for now having it as part of Google Earth will have to do. You can find the latest update in the Play Store now.

[via TheNextWeb]

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Google Earth for Android now remembers long-forgotten geotagged photos

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If you have insatiable wanderlust, you just might love the newest Google Earth update for Android — especially if you travel enough to forget where you’ve been. Version 7.1.2 adds the ability to view your geotagged photos from a new layer within the app, as long as they’ve been previously uploaded to Google+. Since the images are placed on top of the locale they were taken in — simply click on one to view them all as a full-screen slideshow — it’s the perfect tool to use when you want to do some reminiscing. The update should now be available, so relax and sit back on your beach chair as you download it via Google Play.

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Google Earth receives new update, now displays geo-coded Google+ photos

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Google Earth just received an update in the Play Store which will bring geocoded photos to the 3D view in the application. This is certainly a welcome feature which will bring a more rich experience to the user— there could be a bit of a concern with privacy issues, but Google has quelled them by making it necessary for picture uploads to be turned on in your Google+ settings, and geo-location turned on in your camera. Google also isn’t pulling your private photos into the Google Earth database, so no worries here. Hit the break for the download link and QR code.

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Google Earth Updated To v7.1.2, Shows Your Geocoded Google+ Photos

unnamedGoogle Maps is practical, but Google Earth is kind of the show off side of Google’s mapping project. You can explore satellite imagery from all over the world and check out detailed 3D photos of many areas. Now there’s even more to see in Google Earth with the addition of your geocoded Google+ photos.

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Photos you’ve take with geocoding turned on will be available as a layer in Google Earth.

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Download Google Maps 7.1 Now!

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It definitely has been the week of the Google apps, and today, we get a new version of Google Maps. We have the apk for you guys, but again, there is no changelog. We have heard that this version will take Google Maps one step closer to 3D building layers, making Maps look a bit like Google Earth. So hit one of the Download links below to give this new version a whirl.

IMPORTANT NOTE: It is looking like this version is only for Android 4.3 at the moment. Many have reported a parsing issue, and other sites have mentioned that people with Android 4.3 are the only ones able to get it on their devices. We will keep an eye out for another apk for other versions of Android and update this post.

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Google’s My Tracks application updated with improved accuracy, better details, and other features

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Google’s distance tracker application, My Tracks, has received an update in the Play Store adding a handful of helpful features for users of the app. The app has always been able to track the places you’ve been (as well as the distance you’ve traveled) but now when displaying places you’ve been to, it will show a better looking, precise picture of that location. It’s also received the three-dimensional rotation abilities for close-to-street-level view that Google Maps has had for a while.

Among the other features the app added is support for landscape view, (did that really take this long?) the ability to select multiple tracks to edit or delete them, and the ability to merge your tracks into Google Earth and replay them. Hit the link below to update the app, or give it a try for the first time if you never have before.

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Google Updates My Tracks with More Features, Improved Location Accuracy and Better Battery Usage

If you are one of the millions of users who rely on Google’s My Track Android app to record your routes and store paths of places you go to using your phone, you will be glad to know that a new update is rolling out and it is bringing significant improvements to the app.  Google is rolling out an update to My Tracks that will not only improve the accuracy of your location on the map but will also conserve your battery more.

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My Tracks is an application that plots GPS routes you take besides keeping track of paths, distances, speeds and elevations when running, biking, walking or even driving.  This app has been around for a very long time but going by comments on the application’s Google Play Store page, many users have been having many issues with it, the most notable being poor accuracy especially soon after startup.

The application has now been made smarter as well as the new update enables the application to detect the user’s mode of travel automatically – i.e. walking, biking or driving.  The most welcome improvements and update though are the increased accuracy and the improved battery performance, both of which can be attributed to what Google says is a ‘new location provider’.  If you are not familiar with My Tracks, you should know that this app also enables the user to view data live, hear voice announcements on your movement progress and even annotate your paths.

There are many health and fitness apps on Google Play Store offering the same and even more tools but with My Tracks, you get the benefit of Google Integration.  The new update now brings new stats view to My Tracks that enables users to select several tracks, merge them and play them using Google Earth and a new landscape view. Check out the new improved Google’s My Tracks on Play Store

 

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Google My Tracks update improves location accuracy, battery usage, more

The Google My Tracks app is one that can keep track of your data while out and about. The app promises to be able to keep track of your path, speed, distance and elevation while you are walking, running, biking or driving. While the app has been around for some time now, a recent update has made the app a bit smarter. Well, smarter along with some other improvements.

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As far as getting smarter, the app is now able to automatically detect how you are traveling — such as walking, biking or driving. While that aspect alone sounds good enough there was also another perk that frequent My Tracks users will likely welcome. This update also brings better accuracy and battery improvements due to what Google refers to as a “new location provider.”

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In addition, My Tracks also received a new stats view and users can now select multiple tracks and also merge tracks and play them in Google Earth. There was also a new landscape view added within the app. This update aside, the My Tracks app still has some of the core features that likely brought users in the first place.

Those not familiar with this app may not realize that My Tracks allows you to view the data live, annotate your paths and also hear voice announcements detailing your progress. This all may sound familiar with some other health and fitness activity trackers, however there is also the Google integration to consider with My Tracks.

Google allows users to sync and share their tracks in Google Drive and easily share over Google+. The tracks can also be exported to other Google properties including Google Maps, Google Fusion Tables and Google Spreadsheets. Of course, you can also export to external storage and share to other social sites such as Facebook and Twitter.

SOURCE: Google Play Store

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Google Earth Crashes in Samsung Galaxy S4

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Some Samsung Galaxy S4 users relayed to us, through The Droid Guy Mailbag, that they are having problems with the Google Earth app. According to them, activating the app causes sudden crashes in their phones and it results to the phone rebooting all by itself moments after.

The Possible Causes of the Problem

Several Samsung Galaxy S4 users have voiced out the same problem in one of Google’s forums. A number of them have said that they started noticing the problem when they updated their Android operating system version to 4.2.2. Others mentioned that they have been encountering the issue since they bought their phones.

However, the problem appears to be a random event since not all Galaxy S4 users are experiencing this. So, it is really hard to pinpoint whether it is caused by the Jelly Bean update or it is just a random glitch in the system.

The Possible Solutions to the Google Earth Crash

Most Galaxy S4 users in the forum solved the issue by simply clearing the cache of their Google Earth app. Resetting app preferences might help fix the issue too if clearing the cache alone fails to work.

The issue may be caused by an incompatible app as well. Try to disable apps that you think are likely causing the problem. You can test the Google Earth app under Safe Mode also. If it works under Safe Mode, then other apps are likely to be hindering the proper function of the Google Earth app.

If the solutions above fail to fix the issue, back up your important data and perform a Factory Reset.

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Welcome the New Google Maps for Android…

I think everyone agrees that the latest version of Google Maps for Android is an improvement over the previous versions. The interface has been streamlined and new features have been added. Unfortunately, as Google has been prone to do lately, it has also done some house cleaning. The changes to offline maps was discussed in an earlier article at this link. Some features were removed altogether.

…Bye Bye Terrain and Measure

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Two layers have been removed, the terrain and Wikipedia views. Also missing is Google Labs where the company placed some new features it was still testing like Measure, Bigger Text, Directions and Intersection Explorer. I only used two of the six features Google decided to remove, and I guess that might explain their removal. Most people probably did not use these features. The two I did use, Terrain and Measure I will miss sorely.

Unless you are fond of recreational hiking or climbing, I doubt you will miss the Terrain. The terrain view would show you the contour of an area of the map with elevation information displayed as height over sea level. Measure, was a nifty feature which I think many people would appreciate. But hidden away in labs, I suspect many users never knew it was even there. Measure would allow you to measure the distance between two or more points. Measure would also display how high you would ascend going from one point to the other, or cumulative ascent in the case of multiple points. You can still access the Terrain View from Google Maps online. Sadly, I have not found an equivalent alternative to Measure in either the online Google Maps or Google Earth.

Okay, Google Maps is the best mapping application around, and I like the new cleaner looking app. Still, I wanted to take this moment to lament the loss of Terrain View and Measure, which are now consigned to the Google project graveyard.

If you feel the same way, post your thoughts below. Who knows, Google might just be listening.

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APP OF THE WEEK: Google Maps v7.0.0 with Redesigned UI

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The newly designed Google Maps apk dropped within the community last night, and it has since been all the buzz. They have redesigned the UI to make it more “holo”, and to give it that Google Now-like look. Is it better? I’ll say…and then some.

The new Google Maps is everything we saw shown to us during Google I/O. Clean UI, that is smooth and fast, and navigating through the app has been made simpler. You are now given alternate routes right after you have asked for location directions, which I found very pleasing. Determine destination times from driving, transit, biking, and walking, has been made much easier it seems to me. Overall, just a fresh new experience.

Satellite view looks great, and they integrated Google Earth within the menu. You will still have to download the separate app, which I am sure a lot of you already have present on your device. Other than that, Maps seems to be more integrated within Google Now. Check out my quick run through below, and I also have the downloads just incase you have not gotten the update on your device.

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Google Maps and Earth upgrade brings clear skies to Maps and more

The technology and wide use of Google Maps and Earth is pretty impressive when you really think about it. Getting Street View images from almost every place around the world, being able to float around the globe in Google Earth and more. Well, Google’s recently upgraded their system and we now have 800,000 megapixels in size images of the globe.

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According to the official Google Blog, their satellite system and overall imagery just got a major overhaul for the better. Nothing but clear skies from here on out. However, this means they can “always be watching” and even clouds won’t distort their view of the world. Google sees it all. That’s a little scary, especially given the recent PRISM news.

All Google mapping products have received brand new imagery today that was taken with over 800,000 pixels worth of photos from new satellites and improved systems. No more photo-bombs by bad weather or clouds, Google can get clear images of the Earths shell even on a cloudy day. It’s pretty impressive.

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Many previous images were from NASA’s equipment from 2002, as well as a Landsat 7 satellite. Sadly that satellite was broken and every image had lines and issues. Google was still able to stitch it all together to deliver the stunning images we’re getting updated with today. Pretty neat stuff.

What’s even better is Google confirmed that the Landsat 8 satellite launched earlier this year, and will be bringing even better imagery and details in the months and years to come. More details and pictures are available from the blog link below. Smile for the camera!

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Google Earth update brings Street View and streamlined interface to iOS

Google Earth update for Android and iOS brings Street View and streamlined interface

Google’s taking the iOS version of its Earth mapping app up to 7.1. The update brings a few new features, including, most notably, the addition of its Street View imagery — following a similar update to the Android version. Also on the docket are improved transit, walking and biking directions, which can be viewed in 3D. The interface has been streamlined too, with a number of informational layers like Wikipedia located under a handy Earth logo in the top left off the app. The release of 7.1 also marks the app’s availability in more than 100 countries. More info on the update can be had in the source link below.

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Google updates Maps and Google Earth with more detailed satellite imagery, removes clouds in the process

Google upgrades Maps and Google Earth with brand new higher-resolution satellite imagery. The before and after shots are pretty remarkable.

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Refreshed Satellite imagery being pushed out for Google Maps and Earth

Google Maps and Earth Google is updating all of its satellite images that a person can view on Google Maps and Google Earth today. The new images feature cloud-free images from space that it says  “includes refreshed imagery for regions of the world where high-resolution imagery is not yet available, and offers a more comprehensive and accurate view of the texture of our planet’s landscape.”

With the Blue Marble as inspiration, we used Google Earth Engine technology to mine hundreds of terabytes of data from the USGS’s and NASA’s Landsat 7 satellite. The result is a seamless, globally-consistent image of the entire planet with a resolution of 15 meters per pixel, far finer than is possible with MODIS data alone.

I don’t know about you guys, but I spend a whole lot of hours cruising around satellite imagery on both my Galaxy S3 and PC often. Looking at cool places that I’d love to visit, checking surrounding areas where I’ll be camping for a few days and often times just marveling at the how cool our little space rock really is.

Google Maps SatellitesThe update is on Google’s side, so there won’t be a need to make any app updates. However, if you haven’t played about with Google Earth on your Android device, the link is down below. It is pretty cool.

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Google I/O 2013: Top Ten Highlights

In case you missed it, Google’s important event of the year is happening right now. Google I/O which is an annual conference focused on developers is currently held at the Moscone Center, San Francisco and will run until May 17.  This year’s event had several highlights which we are going to list down.

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Updated Google Maps

Google Maps is about to get an update which will make your mapping experience more personal. The company said that it will incorporate their Google Now technology into Google Maps. Bernhard Seefeld, product management director for Google Maps said that “it’ll get better and better, the more that you use it.” The most visible improvement is going to be the 3D Google Earth imagery which shows a dramatic 3D view of a particular area.

Hands-Free Searches

The usual way we make a search is to type it in the search box. Google aims to change this by bringing voice activated searches to the desktop using the Chrome browser. This feature is activated once a user says “OK Google”.

Google Now Cards

You will now be able to set reminders in Google Now. According to Google “With the new reminders in Now, not only can you save things to remember later, but you can actually pick a time or place to trigger those reminders, so they pop up at just the right time.”

All Access Subscription Music Service

All Access is a new service from Google that is currently available in the United States and is expected to be available in other countries in the coming months. For just $9.99 a month subscribers will be able to listen to the millions of music tracks available at the Google Play Store aside from their own personal music library. Subscribers in the U.S. will have a 30 day free trial and if you sign up before July 30 your monthly subscription will just be $7.99.

Send Money Via Gmail

Google has now integrated Google Wallet with Gmail. You will be able to send money using Gmail, the recipient does not need a Gmail account to receive the funds but they should have a Google wallet account.

Google Galaxy S4

Google will be releasing a Galaxy S4 model that runs on stock Android. The device will run on Android 4.2 Jelly Bean and will cost $649. It’s expected to hit the market this coming June 26.

Hangouts

The company has released their standalone unified messenger app that’s available for Android, iOS and the web. People using this service are able to send text, photos, and live videos.

Auto Enhance

Google describes auto enhance as “a new way to improve brightness, contrast, saturation, structure, noise, focus… and dozens of other factors automatically.”

Gmail Quick Actions

Google has introduced the quick action buttons in Gmail to help you get things done quickly.

New Google +

A total of 41 new improvements were made on Google +. If you recently checked your account you’ll notice that there are changes done to its interface, new designs, availability of Hangout features, phot editing tools as well as an expanded storage space.

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Design Docs Update: The Navigation Drawer Is Now Officially A Standard

nexusae0_Untitled-1_thumbA few days ago, we investigated the new navigation drawer design present in updates to Google Earth and Google Shopper. The hope at the time was that this new Up button design would be pushed out to other Android apps. We even heard from a few Googlers that this was happening.

Now, things are officially official, as the Android Design site has updated with Matias-approved guidelines for the navigation drawer.

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Things work pretty much the way we went over when we were first introduced to this. The Up button changes from a carat to a new 3 line icon when it will open the drawer.

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New Google Maps sign-up page goes live for a brief moment and gives us a glimpse of new features in the process

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Google has been rumored to be working on a new version to Google Maps and last night the world stumbled across a sign-up page for it, giving the rumor more credence. With this discovery, we now have an idea of what Google has in store for us with the new version. Even though the sign-up page was removed just as quickly as it went up, some pictures and information was still gathered from it. In the pictures, we can see that Google’s new version of Maps is taking on the Google Now card look, as well as improving areas of functionality. 

The new features include a, “smarter search box” for all your quarries, there is also a feature that allows you to compare travel options, to find the best route for your destination. One of those options is the Flight Search, which helps you find a flight, ticket prices, and travel times. Google has also added some of the features from Earth in to the new version of Maps, giving it a 3D look in some areas. I wonder if the recent addition of Street View in Google Earth has a connection here because there was no mention if these features will be coming to mobile, however that is always subject to change.

I’m sure all of this will be announced today during the Keynote at I/O today, which can be watched live here as it happens starting at 9am PST. Our own Rob Nazarian is there to bring you the news as it happens. For now you can check out the pictures below for a better look of what’s most likely coming. 

 

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New Google Maps sign-up page goes live for a brief moment and gives us a glimpse of new features in the process

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Google has been rumored to be working on a new version to Google Maps and last night the world stumbled across a sign-up page for it, giving the rumor more credence. With this discovery, we now have an idea of what Google has in store for us with the new version. Even though the sign-up page was removed just as quickly as it went up, some pictures and information was still gathered from it. In the pictures, we can see that Google’s new version of Maps is taking on the Google Now card look, as well as improving areas of functionality. 

The new features include a, “smarter search box” for all your quarries, there is also a feature that allows you to compare travel options, to find the best route for your destination. One of those options is the Flight Search, which helps you find a flight, ticket prices, and travel times. Google has also added some of the features from Earth in to the new version of Maps, giving it a 3D look in some areas. I wonder if the recent addition of Street View in Google Earth has a connection here because there was no mention if these features will be coming to mobile, however that is always subject to change.

I’m sure all of this will be announced today during the Keynote at I/O today, which can be watched live here as it happens starting at 9am PST. Our own Rob Nazarian is there to bring you the news as it happens. For now you can check out the pictures below for a better look of what’s most likely coming. 

 

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New Google Maps sign-up page goes live for a brief moment and gives us a glimpse of new features in the process

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Google has been rumored to be working on a new version to Google Maps and last night the world stumbled across a sign-up page for it, giving the rumor more credence. With this discovery, we now have an idea of what Google has in store for us with the new version. Even though the sign-up page was removed just as quickly as it went up, some pictures and information was still gathered from it. In the pictures, we can see that Google’s new version of Maps is taking on the Google Now card look, as well as improving areas of functionality. 

The new features include a, “smarter search box” for all your quarries, there is also a feature that allows you to compare travel options, to find the best route for your destination. One of those options is the Flight Search, which helps you find a flight, ticket prices, and travel times. Google has also added some of the features from Earth in to the new version of Maps, giving it a 3D look in some areas. I wonder if the recent addition of Street View in Google Earth has a connection here because there was no mention if these features will be coming to mobile, however that is always subject to change.

I’m sure all of this will be announced today during the Keynote at I/O today, which can be watched live here as it happens starting at 9am PST. Our own Rob Nazarian is there to bring you the news as it happens. For now you can check out the pictures below for a better look of what’s most likely coming. 

 

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Finally, Google Has Come Up With A Predictable, Intuitive Sidebar Navigation Design – Now Please Add It To Everything

Untitled-1What exactly is the deal with slide-out sidebar navigation? Is it a standard Holo thing? Is it not? 3rd-party developers aren’t really sure what to do with it, and even Google-made apps are all over the place. Some apps have sidebar navigation, some don’t. The ones that do have it all function a little differently and none of the implementations were actually any good – until now.

Google Earth and Google Shopper were just updated with a new sidebar design, and, well, have you seen them? Google has fixed the biggest problem I have with all the previous designs: unpredictability.

In order to understand what’s so great about the new design, we have to talk about what’s so crappy about the old designs.

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Finally, Google Has Come Up With A Predictable, Intuitive Sidebar Navigation Design – Now Please Add It To Everything

Untitled-1What exactly is the deal with slide-out sidebar navigation? Is it a standard Holo thing? Is it not? 3rd-party developers aren’t really sure what to do with it, and even Google-made apps are all over the place. Some apps have sidebar navigation, some don’t. The ones that do have it all function a little differently and none of the implementations were actually any good – until now.

Google Earth and Google Shopper were just updated with a new sidebar design, and, well, have you seen them? Google has fixed the biggest problem I have with all the previous designs: unpredictability.

In order to understand what’s so great about the new design, we have to talk about what’s so crappy about the old designs.

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Finally, Google Has Come Up With A Predictable, Intuitive Sidebar Navigation Design – Now Please Add It To Everything

Untitled-1What exactly is the deal with slide-out sidebar navigation? Is it a standard Holo thing? Is it not? 3rd-party developers aren’t really sure what to do with it, and even Google-made apps are all over the place. Some apps have sidebar navigation, some don’t. The ones that do have it all function a little differently and none of the implementations were actually any good – until now.

Google Earth and Google Shopper were just updated with a new sidebar design, and, well, have you seen them? Google has fixed the biggest problem I have with all the previous designs: unpredictability.

In order to understand what’s so great about the new design, we have to talk about what’s so crappy about the old designs.

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Finally, Google Has Come Up With A Predictable, Intuitive Sidebar Navigation Design – Now Please Add It To Everything was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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TalkAndroid Daily Dose for May 8, 2013

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With hectic schedules, it can be hard to keep track of everything in your news feed. That’s why we created the TalkAndroid Daily Dose. This is where we recap the day’s hottest stories so you can get yourself up to speed in quick fashion. Happy reading!!

Reviews

Boulder Dash XL [Brain & Puzzle]

Apps

Rovio updates Bad Piggies with 15 new levels, 2 new items

WeatherBug gets a new update that brings redesigned user interface, hourly forecasts, and more

Google Earth for Android receives update, adds Street View

Google I/O Android app updated with new features for 2013

Carriers

AT&T adds more LTE markets, on pace to reach 250 million Americans by end of year

T-Mobile revenues dip, but customer base growing

Verizon offering “Red Hot Deal Days” until May 12 on select devices for Mother’s Day

Google Glass

Google Glass sensors revealed, expect a lot of augmented reality apps soon

Phones

AT&T offers the HTC First smartphone for under a buck

ImaGination Begins on May 30 at LG event

New color of the DROID RAZR M and DROID RAZR HD on the way to Verizon stores

Release dates for Galaxy Mega, Galaxy S 4 Mini, Galaxy S 4 Zoom, and Galaxy S 4 Activ Leaked

Sharp unveils AQUOS Phone Xx SoftBank 206SH with 5-inch 1080p CG-Silicon display and two-days of battery life

Vivo announces high-end, pricey phablet coming in late May

ROMs

Release candidates for CyanogenMod 10.1.0 start making their way to select devices

Updates

New build of Sense 5.1 surfaces for HTC Butterfly smartphone, tries to give a little taste of Android 4.2.2 in the process

Miscellaneous

Ouya console gets high ratings from iFixit, easily disassembled and repaired

Apple wants source code records in Samsung trial and looks in Google’s direction in the process

Samsung sitting on over $28 billion in cash at the end of March

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TalkAndroid Daily Dose for May 8, 2013

TalkAndroid_Daily_Dose

With hectic schedules, it can be hard to keep track of everything in your news feed. That’s why we created the TalkAndroid Daily Dose. This is where we recap the day’s hottest stories so you can get yourself up to speed in quick fashion. Happy reading!!

Reviews

Boulder Dash XL [Brain & Puzzle]

Apps

Rovio updates Bad Piggies with 15 new levels, 2 new items

WeatherBug gets a new update that brings redesigned user interface, hourly forecasts, and more

Google Earth for Android receives update, adds Street View

Google I/O Android app updated with new features for 2013

Carriers

AT&T adds more LTE markets, on pace to reach 250 million Americans by end of year

T-Mobile revenues dip, but customer base growing

Verizon offering “Red Hot Deal Days” until May 12 on select devices for Mother’s Day

Google Glass

Google Glass sensors revealed, expect a lot of augmented reality apps soon

Phones

AT&T offers the HTC First smartphone for under a buck

ImaGination Begins on May 30 at LG event

New color of the DROID RAZR M and DROID RAZR HD on the way to Verizon stores

Release dates for Galaxy Mega, Galaxy S 4 Mini, Galaxy S 4 Zoom, and Galaxy S 4 Activ Leaked

Sharp unveils AQUOS Phone Xx SoftBank 206SH with 5-inch 1080p CG-Silicon display and two-days of battery life

Vivo announces high-end, pricey phablet coming in late May

ROMs

Release candidates for CyanogenMod 10.1.0 start making their way to select devices

Updates

New build of Sense 5.1 surfaces for HTC Butterfly smartphone, tries to give a little taste of Android 4.2.2 in the process

Miscellaneous

Ouya console gets high ratings from iFixit, easily disassembled and repaired

Apple wants source code records in Samsung trial and looks in Google’s direction in the process

Samsung sitting on over $28 billion in cash at the end of March

Come comment on this article: TalkAndroid Daily Dose for May 8, 2013

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TalkAndroid Daily Dose for May 8, 2013

TalkAndroid_Daily_Dose

With hectic schedules, it can be hard to keep track of everything in your news feed. That’s why we created the TalkAndroid Daily Dose. This is where we recap the day’s hottest stories so you can get yourself up to speed in quick fashion. Happy reading!!

Reviews

Boulder Dash XL [Brain & Puzzle]

Apps

Rovio updates Bad Piggies with 15 new levels, 2 new items

WeatherBug gets a new update that brings redesigned user interface, hourly forecasts, and more

Google Earth for Android receives update, adds Street View

Google I/O Android app updated with new features for 2013

Carriers

AT&T adds more LTE markets, on pace to reach 250 million Americans by end of year

T-Mobile revenues dip, but customer base growing

Verizon offering “Red Hot Deal Days” until May 12 on select devices for Mother’s Day

Google Glass

Google Glass sensors revealed, expect a lot of augmented reality apps soon

Phones

AT&T offers the HTC First smartphone for under a buck

ImaGination Begins on May 30 at LG event

New color of the DROID RAZR M and DROID RAZR HD on the way to Verizon stores

Release dates for Galaxy Mega, Galaxy S 4 Mini, Galaxy S 4 Zoom, and Galaxy S 4 Activ Leaked

Sharp unveils AQUOS Phone Xx SoftBank 206SH with 5-inch 1080p CG-Silicon display and two-days of battery life

Vivo announces high-end, pricey phablet coming in late May

ROMs

Release candidates for CyanogenMod 10.1.0 start making their way to select devices

Updates

New build of Sense 5.1 surfaces for HTC Butterfly smartphone, tries to give a little taste of Android 4.2.2 in the process

Miscellaneous

Ouya console gets high ratings from iFixit, easily disassembled and repaired

Apple wants source code records in Samsung trial and looks in Google’s direction in the process

Samsung sitting on over $28 billion in cash at the end of March

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Google Earth for Android receives update, adds Street View

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Google Earth for Android received an update to version 7.1.1 today which brings three important new features. The biggest of these is the addition of Street View to Google Earth. The Google Maps app already had Street View, but now Google Earth users can join in on the fun. Google Earth has always been meant for exploring, and this new feature, which allows users to zoom in all the way from a satellite view of the earth to Street View, takes exploring to a whole new level.

This update also adds improved directions and search for visualizing transit, walk, bike, and drive directions in 3D.  In addition, an improved interface is implemented, with sliding menu panels on the left and bottom of the screen.

The official changelog and download link can be found after the break.

New in Google Earth 7.1.1:

  • Google Maps Street View: With Street View, you can explore the world at street level.
  • Improved directions/search: Updated directions let you can visualize transit, walk, bike and drive directions in 3D while update search result list will let you browse search results quickly.
  • Improved interface: Easily browse and enable different layers through use of new left hand pane

 

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