Google Maps will soon tell you when it’s time to get off your train or bus

 Google is about to launch a small but useful update to Google Maps that will give you live guidance and interactive real-time notifications during your journey. The idea here is to give you real-time updates while you are on your transit journey. These updates will appear in the Google Maps app and, maybe most importantly, on your Android lock screen. To get started, you search for your… Read More

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Google’s improved image blending means a more seamless Street View

 Google is hard at work behind the scenes improving one of its ambitious technical projects ever – Street View. The company previously revealed that its been rolling out improved camera cars with better photographic equipment to improve the quality and resolution of images that make up its street-level views in Google Maps, but it’s also fixing the sometimes messy stitching that… Read More

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Google to add restaurant wait times to Google Search and Maps, followed by grocery stores

 Google announced today it will soon roll out a new feature to Google Search, followed by Google Maps, that will show you the estimated wait times for area restaurants. The addition is an expansion on Google’s existing feature which shows businesses’ busy times, but with a tweak that helps diners better decide where and when they want to eat. For over a couple of years now, Google… Read More

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Google Maps ditches automatic calorie estimates after users say it’s not helpful and even potentially harmful

 Google Maps will remove a widely criticized experimental iOS feature that estimated how many calories its users could potentially burn by walking a route. A Google rep told TechCrunch that the decision was “based on strong user feedback” and the calorie estimator will no longer appear in Google Maps for iOS starting this evening. Read More

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Google Maps now lets you explore your local planets and moons, too

 Google today announced a fun update to Google Maps that’ll allow you to virtually visit a dozen additional planets and moons in our solar system. The company has added imagery of Pluto, Venus and several moons to its lineup and also made it easier to find them in Maps. In total, Google Maps now features imagery of sixteen celestial bodies. It’s worth noting that while Google has… Read More

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Lyft adds in-app navigation for drivers via Google Maps

 A little while ago Uber announced new in-app navigation as a convenience feature for drivers, and now Lyft is also integrating turn-by-turn navigations right into its Driver app. Lyft is tapping Google Maps for its in-app directions, however, which means drivers should get the same experience and quality of directions as they would from Google’s own maps application. Lyft Navigation means… Read More

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