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Google unveils Android Auto, first supported automobiles arrive later this year [VIDEO]

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There’s been a ton of news pouring out of this year’s Google I/O thanks to Google and their Android L preview. The biggest Android release yet, we’re seeing Google’s latest resolve to bring the Android platform to every screen possible, and in a more polished way than ever. One of those screens is a very important one, and it just so happens to be in your car. Announced at Google I/O 2014, say hello to Android Auto.

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Essentially, this is user-friendly a car-mode that will be available in Android L. Plugging your phone into a compatible car’s in-dash unit will then mirror the display from your phone, onto your car’s infotainment display. It’s pretty seamless. What’s more is you can interact with the Android Auto UI via your car’s built-in display, opening apps, listening to music, or navigating Maps straight from your car.

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On stage, Google showed off the Google Play Music and Google Maps experience orientated in landscape mode, complete with big buttons and a few basic phone functions in the dock. Of course, Google Search voice actions were present, bringing a true hands-free experience to the car. Again, it’s the same Android experience with all the apps you’ve come to love, but featuring a new interface built for and designed for (safe) driving.

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According to Google, 40 new partners have joined the Open Automotive Alliance, with 25 car brands already signing up to ship Android Auto in the “near” future. You can expect the first cars with Android Auto to roll off the lot before the end of this year. Check out Google’s new Android Auto trailer below.

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Google rolling out updates to a range of apps including Drive and Hangouts

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We all know that apps, and especially from Google, take a very long time to have everyone updated to the same version. A multitude of Google’s apps are being updated in the form of a staged rollout. The apps included are Chrome Beta, Drive, Hangouts, My Tracks, and Translate.

Hit the break for a brief description of each update along with download links.

Here are the descriptions, courtesy of XDA:

  • Chrome Beta — fixes for quite a few bugs including problems with the built-in translation functionality, as well as a few less noticeable issues.
  • Drive – brings performance enchancements and bugfixes. In addition, it also packs a few other new tricks such as a tweaked multi-user menu, new refresh animation, and floating document creation shortcuts at the bottom of the window.
  • Hangouts – no visible changes that we’ve noticed thus far.
  • My Tracks – changed the way it interacts with Google Maps by allowing you to export to Google Maps Engine, instead of the previous export to Google Fusion Tables and Google Maps. Additionally, though this may be simply a coincidence.
  • Translate – features a cute app icon and playful swap translation direction button.

Source: XDA [Download links: Chrome Beta, Drive, Hangouts, My Tracks, Translate]

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Google Email app lands on Play Store, Google apps updated

It’s Update Wednesday again and this time, Google is adding something new to the usual pack. Aside from pushing out updates to Chrome Beta, Hangouts, Drive, and My Tracks, the Android maker has also published its e-mail app on Google Play Store.

Before you react, this is not Gmail, but it definitely looks like it. The icon would resemble the one used in AOSP, and hence custom ROMs, but the interface design resembles Gmail more closely than the AOSP email app. This is the email app that Google ships with its Nexus devices as well as certain Google Play Edition smartphone. One huge difference between this and Gmail is that this email app supports other email accounts and services, as long as they use IMAP, POP3 or even Exchange. So if you’ve wanted to use something like Gmail’s interface for your non-Gmail accounts, now you have an option.

However, that option is actually quite limited. To be specific, it will be compatible only with the devices above, except for the Galaxy S 4 and the HTC One (M7) GPE versions, for some strange reason. That said, we have an APK mirrored for you so that you can try out your luck. The app seems to be working fine at least on an LG G Pro and a Galaxy Note 3. The Google Play Store version has also been updated to version 6.3, bringing along better security for Gmail accounts and easier account setup.

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As for the other Google apps, the updates this week have been rather minimal, focusing more on fine tuning and bug fixing, like in Hangouts and Chrome Beta. Drive has gotten some new animations and a floating circle for creating new documents. My Tracks now exports its data to Google Maps Engine but removes the ability to export to Google Maps directly and to Google Fusion Tables. These updates should be hitting users shortly, though, as always, market and region differences will apply.

Download: Email (Google Play Store), (APK)

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Here is the Amazon Fire Phone’s Biggest Flaw Presented Perfectly in a Single Image

The Amazon Fire Phone will be talked about for the rest of the day ad nauseam. From “top 5 features” lists to people referring to it as the “world’s most exciting phone,” there will be plenty to take in with regard to Amazon’s first attempt at a smartphone. There are things to like and loathe, others to debate about, but one thing is clear – this is an Amazon product through and through. 

So I’ll just say this – if you are an Android fan who also happens to love Google’s services, there is no better way to show you that the Fire Phone should not be your next phone than through Amazon’s own Fire Phone listing. Take a look at the image at the top of this post and tell me what’s missing. Are you seeing it?

I would imagine that you figured it out. Amazon points out that the Fire Phone has access to the Amazon Appstore, along with a bunch of apps like Instagram, Netflix, and Facebook. What it doesn’t have, is access to any of Google’s apps. You will notice that Gmail, Google Maps, Hangouts, Google+, Google Calendar, Chrome, Drive, and YouTube are no where to be found. You also won’t see Google Play, meaning you won’t have access to Google’s own growing app ecosystem.

And that, my friends, is the biggest problem with the Fire Phone or Fire tablets or the Fire TV, for that matter. If you want the Google experience, which means access to all of Google’s native apps, you won’t get it here.

Here is the Amazon Fire Phone’s Biggest Flaw Presented Perfectly in a Single Image is a post from: Droid Life

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Garmin finally enters the 21st century with affordable maps

It took Garmin quite a long time to get with the times. After their failed attempt at creating GPS phones that could help you find your way around town without an internet connection, the navigation company released several overpriced apps in the Google Play Store. For $30 you were promised offline maps of whichever region you chose, and some features unique to Garmin that Google Maps couldn’t provide.

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And then Google Maps got good. It got great. And now, thinking about paying $30 for something Google offers for free is downright ludicrous. Thankfully Garmin is making an attempt to adapt to the times with a new app.

For $2, Viago breaks things down to the bare essentials, including basic road navigation of the entirety of the world. You then help yourself to additional features that you want a-la-carte using in-app purchases, such as Active Lane Guidance, offline maps and landmarks-based directions (“turn right at the clock tower,” for instance.)

The problem is that Garmin still isn’t providing much more than what Google Maps can give you for absolutely nothing. There are a few cool things, but nothing that seems worth paying for when other solutions already get the job done just fine. Take public transit? Forget about it — Viago only offers driving and walking directions.

But if for some reason you’re attached to Garmin and absolutely can’t go without their maps, Viago doesn’t seem like a terrible place to start. You can grab the download from Google Play just ahead.

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Garmin Releases viago Navigation App For $0.99, Pay In-App to Unlock Features that Google Maps Does for Free

Besides Gmail and Search, the other service that has become synonymous with Google has got to be Google Maps. Since it comes pre-installed on almost all Android phones, it has become the go-to mapping and navigation service not only because it is convenient, but because it is also very good. If for some reason you do not want to opt-in to Google’s great maps service, though, there are other options out there. A new option with a brand name attached to it has launched today in the form of Garmin’s viago

Unfortunately for viago, as previously mentioned, Google Maps does a lot of things, and does them very well. Viago costs $0.99 just to download from Google Play, but if you want to unlock some of its “premium features” you must pay to unlock them through in-app purchases. These premium features include downloading maps to your device so you don’t need a data connection to access them. Or Live Traffic updates which shows you how the roads are ahead of you in real time. Or the Sound and Buildings purchase which unlocks spoken street names and 3D buildings on your map. Is this all sounding familiar? Because they are all things that Google Maps does for free.

It wouldn’t be so egregious if you paid once to unlock all of these features, but paying $0.99 up front to download the app and then having 17 (yes, seventeen) different in-app purchases to make a complete app is completely ludicrous. Unless you work for Garmin or are heavily invested in their ecosystem already, there is absolutely no reason to install this application over Google Maps unless you are keeping your information out of Google’s hands. But then, why would you have an Android phone in the first place?

Follow the link below if you are still interested in this app.

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The Transportation Department wants to regulate navigation apps like Google Maps, auto industry agrees

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In what is supposedly a battle to help curb distracted driving, the Transportation Department is now asking Congress for help in regulating any and all navigation aids, including the ones found on your smartphone. The proposed transportation bill would give — in writing –  the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration full authority to regulate apps like Google Maps or Waze, setting restrictions and ordering changes to features they feel are too dangerous to drivers.

In a surprise to no one, that automakers are supporting the bill, but not because this might finally put their costly navigation service plans on an even playing field with free apps like Google Maps or Waze — they’re just looking out for everyone’s well being. A spokesperson for the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers said in a statement:

“If you put restrictions on the built-in systems designed to be used while driving, it’s going to encourage people to use hand-held devices that are not optimal for use by a driver. We believe that if you’re looking at a smaller screen, that’s less effective than looking at a larger screen on the dashboard.”

Aside from the manpower or budget needed to oversee all the many navigation aids offered by the auto industry and company’s like Google, the measure faces other problems. Two years ago a man fought — and won — a ticket he received after a police officer ticketed the man for using a navigation app while driving. The matter reached an appeals court who later reversed the conviction. With the ever changing technological landscape, it’s clear our laws have some further catching up to do.

The highway agency says that once passed, changes to smartphone apps wouldn’t occur anytime soon. Their central focus would, at least for time being, remain on in-dash automotive software. And while it’s unclear exactly what changes, if any, would hit apps like Google Maps, apps like Waze which feature much more user interaction could see many of their social features — like police sighting reports — stripped away (or disabled while driving). With updates to these apps requiring approval from the transportation department, well, it’s easy to imagine these becoming much less frequent.

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The Transporation Department wants to regulate navigation apps like Google Maps, auto industry agrees

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In what is supposedly a battle to help curb distracted driving, the Transportation Department is now asking Congress for help in regulating any and all navigation aids, including the ones found on your smartphone. The proposed transportation bill would give — in writing –  the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration full authority to regulate apps like Google Maps or Waze, setting restrictions and ordering changes to features they feel are too dangerous to drivers.

In a surprise to no one, that automakers are supporting the bill, but not because this might finally put their costly navigation service plans on an even playing field with free apps like Google Maps or Waze — they’re just looking out for everyone’s well being. A spokesperson for the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers said in a statement:

“If you put restrictions on the built-in systems designed to be used while driving, it’s going to encourage people to use hand-held devices that are not optimal for use by a driver. We believe that if you’re looking at a smaller screen, that’s less effective than looking at a larger screen on the dashboard.”

Aside from the manpower or budget needed to oversee all the many navigation aids offered by the auto industry and company’s like Google, the measure faces other problems. Two years ago a man fought — and won — a ticket he received after a police officer ticketed the man for using a navigation app while driving. The matter reached an appeals court who later reversed the conviction. With the ever changing technological landscape, it’s clear our laws have some further catching up to do.

The highway agency says that once passed, changes to smartphone apps wouldn’t occur anytime soon. Their central focus would, at least for time being, remain on in-dash automotive software. And while it’s unclear exactly what changes, if any, would hit apps like Google Maps, apps like Waze which feature much more user interaction could see many of their social features — like police sighting reports — stripped away (or disabled while driving). With updates to these apps requiring approval from the transportation department, well, it’s easy to imagine these becoming much less frequent.

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And The Prize For Completing The Google Maps Pokemon Challenge Is…

pinIt’s a card. Yippee.

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If you remember Google’s April Fools Day promotion that scattered digital Pokemon in maps all over the globe, you’ll remember that it was awesome. Google also allowed those who had found all 150 Pokemon (with or without #151, Mew) to submit a form for a special prize. It looks like the prizes are finally making their way to the winners. Reddit user “tinygrump” got one and kindly posted a photo.

And The Prize For Completing The Google Maps Pokemon Challenge Is… was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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

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.



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Google Maps Pegman Is Suited Up For World Cup Action With Specific Uniforms For Each Country

2014-06-13 18_24_12-Google MapsYou guys like soccer, right? Sorry, football… At any rate, Google likes it too, so maybe you’ll want to check out Google Maps. In recognition of the World Cup, the Street View pegman is all suited up in a football/soccer uniform that matches the version of maps you’re using. Note, this is desktop only, at least right now. It should be good for several minutes of amusement.

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The uniform is automatically applied after the desktop Maps interface loads.

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Google Maps Has Arrived At Its Destination, App Reaches 1 Billion Downloads

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When Gmail hit 1 billion downloads early last month, it was a pretty safe bet some of the other Google apps would follow closely behind. The next entrant to the exclusive club came only a few weeks later, and this time it’s Maps taking the spotlight. Even if it occasionally sends us through winding mountain roads and quiet neighborhoods during cross-country trips, we should give a round of applause for the app that always got us where we needed to go!

Google Maps Has Arrived At Its Destination, App Reaches 1 Billion Downloads was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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Google Maps Reaches 1 Billion Downloads

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With the Gmail app reaching 1 billion downloads mid last month, it was inevitable that more apps would reach that milestone soon. Now Google Maps has reached that milestone as well.

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The app actually reached a billion downloads on May 28th, about two weeks ago. The counter is determined by the number of Google accounts that have downloaded it, not the number of devices. So if you downloaded it on both a phone and a tablet, it was only counted once.

Google Maps is by far one of the most versatile navigation options available for any platform and has gone through several major UI changes over the years, most recently in 2013. Here is a comparison between the Google Maps of old and new.

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The app will always improve and Maps is continuing to expand since Google is now developing self-driving cars and Android powering existing cars. Do you use it or do you use a different service?

Via: Android Police

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Okay Google: Take me to the World Cup

In about a few hours, the whole football world is going to get crazy as the World Cup 2014 kicks-off in Brazil. With all the apps and social media sites doing their best to get “World Cup-ified”, Google is getting in on the action, giving users various ways to keep updated with the world’s biggest football event, from the comfort of their own screens.

Just type in World Cup on Google search and it will automatically give you information about the ongoing match, including line-ups, live scores, who scored the latest goals and even stats for relevant players. You don’t even have to click on any link, the information will automatically appear on the Google search card. But you don’t even need to search on Google if you’re using Google Now on your mobile phone. Just set it up in a way that you add your favourite teams when you customise your Sports in Google Now.

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If you’re interested in knowing what the world is thinking about during this whole month of World Cup action, you can use Google Trends. Just go to google.com/worldcup and you’ll see through cute infographics what people are searching for or their opinions on certain incidents, players and matches.

Lastly, if you’re hankering to see what Brazil actually looks like without needing to buy a plane ticket to fly there, Street View in Google Maps will give you access to all 12 stadiums where the matches will be played. Or if you’re not really interested in the football but would like to see the streets of Brazil, you can take a tour of hundreds of iconic tourist destinations around the country. And if you’re actually there in Brazil, Google Maps will be your best friend as you navigate your way around the 12 host cities.

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New Google My Business app helps you connect with your customers

Google has released Google My Business, a new app aimed at business owners — both big and small — who want to maintain a proper web presence. When your customers are looking for you, you want to be able to connect, and the Google My Business app does just that. With one app you can connect with customers on Google+, Google Search and Google Maps. You can also update all your information across Google’s services from one central location, as well as share news and pictures to Google+ right from the app itself.



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Google acquires Skybox Imaging for $500 million to improve Google Maps, expand Project Loon

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Google announced today that it would be acquiring Skybox Imaging, a satellite-imaging startup, for $500 million.

Google said the following about its most recent purchase:

“Skybox’s satellites will help keep Google Maps accurate with up-to-date imagery. Over time, we also hope that Skybox’s team and technology will be able to help improve Internet access and disaster relief — areas Google has long been interested in.”

So from the above statement we can obviously deduce that Google Maps will be improved with the newly acquired technology/patents, and it will also help Google bring Internet access to previously unconnected regions. Expect Google to continue spending in this market, as the search/tech giant obviously believes in the continued growth of Project Loon.

Source: The Wall Street Journal

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TalkAndroid Daily Dose for June 10, 2014

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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!!

Apps

Amazon releases Audible integration to Kindle app

1Password app gets major update

Cameras

Lytro to release Android powered camera

Chromebooks

Got a Chromebook? Got pics? Good news. Auto-sync to Google+ is now live

Gaming

Sega’s ‘Sonic Jump Fever’ set for summer launch on Android

Google

Google acquires Skybox Imaging for $500 million to improve Google Maps, expand Project Loon

Google Glass

Alamo Drafthouse Cinema continues the “War on Glass,” understandably bans Glass before previews

Hardware

Samsung, LG reportedly working on Quantum Dot displays

Home Automation

Honeywell Lyric, a smart thermostat, coming in August for $279

Phones

HTC One (M9) Prime to launch prior to One (M9) next year

Huawei to unveil Honor 6 at June 24 press event

OnePlus One delayed again due to CyanogenMod issues

Oppo confirms specs and pricing for the N1 Mini and R3

Details regarding the Samsung Galaxy Note 4, SM-G906 surface

Samsung reveals LTE-enabled Galaxy Core Lite

Smartwatches

LG G Watch to be introduced, given away at Google I/O this month

Alleged LG G Watch specifications and photos leak

Tablets

Samsung could offer a foldable tablet next year

Samsung to live stream Galaxy event on Thursday at Madison Square Garden

Miscellaneous

ZTE eyes high-end market for future growth

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Don’t miss your stop with new Google Now alarm

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If you get to travel using public transportation on a regular basis, the next time you board your train, subway or bus, you may want to check out Google Now. It appears a new option has been added that will let you set an alarm for when you are close to your final stop.

The new feature uses locations like Home and Work that you may have setup as favorites in Google Maps. It does not seem to be connected to a device’s clock app which is normally used for alarms, operating completely through Google Now. The nice thing is Google handles all the calculations, so all you have to do is hit a button to set the alarm.

So the next time you are traveling via the public transit system, be sure to set the alarm and then feel free to doze off or get engrossed in the latest news or play a video game.

source: Android Police

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Apple reportedly snaps up social maps app Spotsetter

Last year, Apple bought a string of companies in an effort to better its rather unpopular Maps app, and it looks like Cupertino isn’t quite done yet. According to TechCrunch, the company has also snapped up social maps app Spotsetter in a deal that’s a lot less low-key that its Beats acquisition. Apple reportedly bought the company not only for its technology, but also for its two founders: former Google Maps engineer Stephen Tse and ex-Siemens consultant and FitFiend CTO Johnny Lee. Spotsetter, if you’ve never heard of it before, shows your friends’ recommendations and trusted reviews of various establishments overlayed on a map. Also, you can use it to search for particular locations and see if your friends have been there, or to read reviews about them.

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After 5 Years Of Privacy Wrangling, Google Street View Finally Launches In Greece

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For nearly half a decade, Google has been barred by a Grecian privacy authority from bringing its Maps Street View service online in the country, citing concerns of, you guessed it, privacy. After significant negotiation, last year that authority authorized Google to start using collected data from its Street View vehicles (which, in Europe, appear to be Astra diesel 5-door hatches) on Google Maps. As of yesterday, Google finally published the first street view images for Greece.

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World Cup stadiums now detailed in Google Maps

World Cup is a time when football fans from around the world end up sneaking in as many games as humanly possible while cursing things like work. Held this year in Brazil, the World Cup aims to set the stage in one of the more storied football countries on earth. If you wan to check out the new stadiums built for the event, Google Maps is ready to let you!


The Google team set out on foot with their massive Google Maps backpacks strapped to them, traipsing around each of the 12 stadiums. While what we see via Maps isn’t quite the field ready for kickoff, but it’s an unprecedented look at the stadiums we wouldn’t ordinarily get from TV Coverage.

In addition to the 12 stadiums, Google has added several new views around Sao Paulo. From the painted streets — a World Cup tradition in Brazil — to Iguaçu National Park and St. Michael of the Missions, Maps has all you need. You might not even remember you’re sitting on the couch or sneaking some football in at work!

If you’re lucky enough to be headed down for the World Cup, Google has made sure to have transit and turn-by-turn navigation available for all 12 host cities. Of course, each World Cup stadium has indoor Maps available, but Maps can also guide you through airports and other destinations — more than 100 total.

Source: Google Lat/Long Blog

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Google Maps gets support for viewing 12 World Cup stadiums in Street View

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You might not be able to score a ticket to the World Cup, but you can get pretty close with Google Maps. Google has added 12 major World Cup stadiums to its Street View, along with the painted streets of Brazil, so you can take a virtual tour of one of the biggest events in the world. There are also hundreds of images across different famous sites, including Iguaçu National Park and St. Michael of the Missions, to view in case browsing the stadiums isn’t enough for you.

Google also points out that many of their Maps features, including transit information, indoor mapping, and turn-by-turn directions will work in the areas where the World Cup is being held. Definitely handy if you’re going to be visiting any of those locations.

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Google Maps lets fans tour World Cup stadiums

As Brazil prepares to host the FIFA World Cup, Google is doing its bit to helps fans virtually explore the country’s streets and stadiums. First up, Google Maps Street View tours of the country’s 12 World Cup stadiums are now available online, allowing fans to explore the venues that’ll host the tournament. And Google’s also giving fans the chance to virtually walk down Brazil’s painted streets — a Brazilian tradition that ties in with the World Cup every four years.



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Take a sunny Street View tour of Brazil’s World Cup stadiums

If heading out to the 2014 World Cup in Brazil weighed too heavy on your wallet, Google’s latest Maps update might help you experience some of the fútbol magic from the comfort of your own home. With the tournament just days away, the search giant is kicking things off a little early by adding all 12 of Brazil’s World Cup stadiums, including the revamped Maracanã, and the vibrantly-colored boulevards that surround them to Street View. For those who managed to grab a ticket, Google’s also made sure to update its mobile app with transit data in each of the host cities, as well as indoor maps and turn-by-turn navigation (perfect for those embarking on a dream road trip). If that wasn’t enough, Maps now includes Peru, Chile, Colombia and Mexico, letting you explore Latin America whenever the feeling takes you.

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Don’t Feel Like Driving? Google Maps Easter Eggs Let You Travel By Dragon Or Loch Ness Monster

GoogleMaps-ThumbSome days driving just takes too much effort, taking the train takes too long, and buying a plane ticket takes too much forethought. Thankfully Google has made the option available to take two radically different and arguably faster forms of transportation: riding atop a dragon or cruising on the back of the Loch Ness Monster.

A dragon can get you from Snowdon to Brecon Beacons in just 21 minutes. That’s not bad considering it’s a journey of over 100 miles.

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Neat Features Nobody Noticed: Maps 8.1 Update Includes Location Names On Search Result Map And Arrows To Tell You Which Side Your Destination Is On

nexusae0_m_thumb_thumbThat new Google Maps update is pretty cool, but there’s more going on than the return of terrain mode. In fact, there are two small, but crazy-useful features in the new Maps that you ought to know about.

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Okay, first thing – when you search for something in Maps, you obviously want to tap on each and every tiny red dot to see what it is, right?

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TalkAndroid Daily Dose for May 29, 2014

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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!!

Apps

Sunrise Calendar app now available for Android

Capsules.io integrates digital content directly into the physical world using GPS-based virtual containers

Google Maps Android update brings elevation levels for bikers and hikers

Sonos offering 6 free months of Google Play Music service to customers

Android Device Manager updated with Guest Mode

Carriers

Set of Samsung Galaxy S 5 Active (AT&T) images leak

Un-carrier 5.0 slated for June 18

Sprint starts rolling out Android 4.4 for Samsung Galaxy Note II

New image discovered of HTC One Remix (HTC One Mini 2) for Verizon

Google

Google’s Video Quality Report monitors ISP quality and suggests solutions

Home Automation

Tony Fadell discusses plans for home infiltration with Nest

Phones

More HTC One (M8) variants revealed

HTC One (E8) is official: a plastic One (M8) with slight changes

New image discovered of HTC One Remix (HTC One Mini 2) for Verizon

HTC to offer Amber Gold HTC One (M8) for $99 on-contract for one day

Benchmarks for the Huawei Mulan confirm 8-core Kirin CPU and 4.9 inch screen

Taking a look at the new LG G3′s infrared auto focus

Set of Samsung Galaxy S 5 Active (AT&T) images leak

Samsung SM-T2558 passes through FCC

Sprint starts rolling out Android 4.4 for Samsung Galaxy Note II

Smartwatches

Google shows off Android Wear notifications

New hands on video with the LG G Watch released

Microsoft readying cross-platform capable smartwatch

Updates

Sprint starts rolling out Android 4.4 for Samsung Galaxy Note II

Miscellaneous

Amazon preparing to release music streaming service for Prime customers

 

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Google Maps 8.1 update adds Terrain View to features

Coming up a bit behind schedule, Google has pushed out one last app to update this week. Google Maps, which now goes by the version number 8.1, now sports an old but new feature, the 3D Terrain View.

Terrain View isn’t exactly new as far as Google Maps goes, since it’s been there for quite some time on the browser version of Google Maps. However, it was noticeably missing from the Android app version. At least until now.

This new view mode might not exactly be useful for commuters or casual users, however, it can be quite essential for trekkers and adventurers. Terrain View gives a topographical 3D rendering of an area, showing land details such as mountains, canyons, and the like, alongside the usual roads and hi-ways. It also has markers that note the elevation of land, giving users an idea of how high or low these areas are. Potentially life-saving, not to mention time-saving, information, and its a bit of a wonder that it took this long to have the feature inside our mobile devices where it could be used best.

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As always, staged rollouts means it could take time for the update to arrive in your region. Unless you’re an extremely mobile and well-traveled user, waiting is probably not going to be much of an issue.

Download: Google Maps on Google Play Store

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Google Maps Android update brings elevation levels for bikers and hikers

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Last week, Google brought elevation levels to the desktop version of Maps. Of course, it would make the most sense to have something like this on your phone, and that is exactly what Google did. The Maps app for Android was updated to 8.1 bringing this feature, so if you are a biker or a hiker, you will now be able to see exactly how hard you will need to work to get to where you’re going.

As usual, this update is rolling in stages, but we have the APK download for you after the break, as well as the old fashioned Play Store links.

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Google Maps v8.1 Rolling Out, Brings Back Terrain Mode and Other Minor UI Tweaks [APK Download]


A day late, but not a buck short. Another Google app has updated, this time it is Google Maps. Maps is now at version 8.1 and brings back something that hiker, bikers and outdoor enthusiasts probably missed most, Terrain Mode. Terrain Mode is an alternative map view to satellite that offers a topographical look at the mountains, hills and valleys in a given area.

Google Maps v8. Google Maps v8.Terrain Mode is the most significant aspect of the update. The rest of the update seems to be at some UI changes in various sections. Each navigation card offers up the navigation type via an icon, car, bike, person ect. They moved the time and mileage to the right and made it a little smaller too. In the transit view times and travel time have been made a big bolder so they stand out a bit more. Lastly, biking and Walking views look the same.


They also managed to shrink the file size a little bit from the previous maps version too. In typical Google fashion the update is rolling out in stages. If patience is NOT one of your virtues, hit the link below to go download the APK.

Download: Google Maps v8.1 APK

Via AndroidPolice



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