Google Maps archive

  • Google mobile biking directions and navigation cycles into the UK
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    Google mobile biking directions and navigation cycles into the UK

    By 29 August 2012

    Google has announced that it is bringing biking directions to the mobile, allowing cyclists to navigate around the UK and other countries from their smartphone, or maybe even their camera. The new feature follows the company's launch of bike routes on...

  • Google Street View recreates Scott of the Antarctic's expedition
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    Google Street View recreates Scott of the Antarctic's expedition

    By 18 July 2012

    Google Maps is providing the chance to recreate Captain Scott’s epic expedition to the South Pole from the comfort of your own home. Users can even enter Scott’s Cape Evans hut. Fellow explorer Ernest Shackleton’s base camp has also been added to...

  • Google Maps introduces safe cycle routes, but some disagree
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    Google Maps introduces safe cycle routes, but some disagree

    By 11 July 2012

    Google Maps can now advise cyclists on the safest routes to take on their journeys, after joining forces with Sustrans, a charity that specialises in safe travel. Cyclists will be able to plan bike-friendly trips – factoring in bike lanes and avoiding...

  • Google Maps goes indoors in the UK: Stations, shops, airports, museums
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    Google Maps goes indoors in the UK: Stations, shops, airports, museums

    By 4 July 2012

    Google Maps on your Android device just got a little smarter, because you can now access indoor information for 40 locations around the UK. Google has worked with a number of partners to create a detailed layout of places such as shops, airports and stations,...

  • Google Maps Android App will soon work offline too
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    Google Maps Android App will soon work offline too

    By 6 June 2012

    Android users will soon be able to use the Google Maps app even when no network or Wi-Fi signal is available. Users will need to download the area they wish to visit in advance from Google Maps. The bigger the area, the more storage is taken up on your...

  • Google Maps event promises next dimension of mapping, but is Apple invited?
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    Google Maps event promises next dimension of mapping, but is Apple invited?

    By 1 June 2012

    Google is to unveil the "next dimension" of Google Maps on Wednesday, 6 June, just days ahead of Apple's WWDC conference where it is widely expected it will announce that it's dropping Google Maps from the iPhone and iPad. According to the US journalists...

  • Have Goofy visit your house - thanks to Google Street View
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    Have Goofy visit your house - thanks to Google Street View

    By 4 April 2012

    Disneyland Paris is 20 years-old this year and to celebrate it's created a magical website that shows Goofy visiting you at your actual home. This is done using a combination of Google Maps and Google Street View. First, you enter your post or zip code,...

  • Google Maps adds London Underground real time alerts
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    Google Maps adds London Underground real time alerts

    By 3 April 2012

    Apparently, get this, there's some big sporting shindig happening in London this summer (why are we always the last to be told this sort of thing?) and Google has added live transit updates to its Google Maps service in anticipation. Yep, the London Olympic...

  • Google Maps could be covered with adverts following Facebook HQ stunt
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    Google Maps could be covered with adverts following Facebook HQ stunt

    By 26 March 2012

    Google Maps could be about to be covered with adverts following a Facebook HQ stunt that has seen the social network's headquarters roof get a massive 42ft square QR code. The code, which loads your mobile phone's browser with a URL when you scan it with...

  • Apple switches from Google Maps to OpenStreetMap for iPhoto, doesn't ask permission
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    Apple switches from Google Maps to OpenStreetMap for iPhoto, doesn't ask permission

    By 8 March 2012

    Apple has integrated map support into its new iPhoto application for iPhone and iPad, but has seemingly spurned Google Maps in favour of, what is believed to be, OpenStreetMap - the non-profit open source project that offers a free alternative to the...

  • Google Maps adds Public Alerts to keep searchers safe
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    Google Maps adds Public Alerts to keep searchers safe

    By 26 January 2012

    Google is always tweaking with its services, adding the odd feature here and there, and its latest jiggery-pokery with Google Maps has seen the addition of Google Public Alerts - "a platform designed to bring you relevant emergency alerts when and where...

  • Google Maps teams up with thetrainline for UK travel info
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    Google Maps teams up with thetrainline for UK travel info

    By 19 January 2012

    Back in July last year Google Maps added public transport directions to its repertoire, meaning Googlers were able to check out what Underground line to jump on and now, in partnership with thetrainline, the travel information has been extended across...

  • Year in review 2011: July
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    Year in review 2011: July

    By 29 December 2011

    It was the height of Summer and shorts-clad frisbee fans were frolicking throughout the country's parks. Us tech lovers however were confined to our rooms, busy reading through all the juicy announcements that were filling the airwaves in July.  Despite...

  • Google Maps to charge for heavy usage
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    Google Maps to charge for heavy usage

    By 2 November 2011

    The best things in life are free. Or at least they were. But one of the best things on the web, Google Maps, is to begin charging for heavy usage. But there's no need to worry that your constant Google Mapping of routes to pubs from your office is going...

  • Google Maps adds helicopter view
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    Google Maps adds helicopter view

    By 3 October 2011

    Google Maps has gone and given itself a new 3D helicopter view that allows you to preview your journeys from above.  The idea is that as previous versions of Google Maps didn't give you a good feeling for terrain as they were top down, the new journey-based...

  • Everywhere you go, always take the Google weather with you
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    Everywhere you go, always take the Google weather with you

    By 19 August 2011

    Google has added weather forecasting to its armoury - bringing in forecasts from weather.com into its Google Maps platform. The addition works via a layer, and will show weather icons all round the world. If you zoom in and click an icon you can get a...

  • Mind the Google Map: Tube directions now included
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    Mind the Google Map: Tube directions now included

    By 28 July 2011

    Google Maps has added public transport directions to its repertoire, meaning that you won't only be able to see how to walk or drive to your destination, you'll be able to check out what Underground line to jump on as well. The addition appears alongside...

  • Google Maps serves up 3D London
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    Google Maps serves up 3D London

    By 19 July 2011

    Google has updated the run of cities that benefit from 3D buildings in an update to Google Maps on Tuesday.  The original run of 3D buildings were delivered with the arrival of Google Maps 5.0 back in December 2010 and in the UK we were only treated...

  • Improved European traffic info hits Google maps
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    Improved European traffic info hits Google maps

    By 14 July 2011

    Google has upped its navigation game even further announcing an improved level of live traffic information for UK users, with 13 new countries to benefit from the service.  Smartphone users in..wait for it...Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark,...

  • Google Maps 5.7 hands-on
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    Google Maps 5.7 hands-on

    By 7 July 2011

    Google has just updated its Google Maps app for Android and with it brought two new features for those who like to get lost a lot. The main new feature to version 5.7 is Transit Navigation. It promises to add in transit advice (trains and buses) to your...

  • Google Maps Android update goes trainspotting
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    Google Maps Android update goes trainspotting

    By 7 July 2011

    The reach of Google Maps just went locomotive, with the launch of Google Maps 5.7 for Android which introduces Transit Navigation in beta form. Transit Navigation is the latest addition to the Navigation beta within the Android version of Maps, and brings...

  • Google Goggles 1.5 now with mapped search history
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    Google Goggles 1.5 now with mapped search history

    By 23 June 2011

    Google Goggles, the uber intelligent object identifying search app, is now home to a mapped history of everything you have scanned.  If you have made the decision to share location data with Google then you should find previously Goggled items are laid...

  • Google and Apple make friends over maps
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    Google and Apple make friends over maps

    By 1 June 2011

    Apple will continue to use Google mapping data to power its iOS navigation app, according to Eric Schmidt.  The Google executive chairman revealed that the two tech giants had "renewed a mapping relationship" at this years All Things Digital conference...

  • Google Map Maker heads to the US
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    Google Map Maker heads to the US

    By 20 April 2011

    Google is turning to the citizens of the United States to help it further map the country, by launching a US version of Google Map Maker. Google Map Maker, which has already been available in a number of other countries, will now let Americans draw and...

  • Google Maps 5.3 for Android updated with home checks, location history and more
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    Google Maps 5.3 for Android updated with home checks, location history and more

    By 5 April 2011

    Google Maps 5.3 for Android has been released bringing with it new features to map out and explore (see what we did there?). Now in Google Maps for Android you’ll be able to see your Location History, where you’ve been, distance you’ve travelled,...