Posts Tagged ‘google maps’

OpenStreetView launches

Tuesday, August 23rd, 2016

This is an interesting idea, with the potential to provide a really unique mapping service, but it looks like it’s still got quite a ways to go when it comes to providing the level of coverage that Google Street View provides.

OpenStreetView is a free crowd-sourced service by OpenStreetMap that offers street imagery that users of the service push to it while using it. OpenStreetMap is an open source alternative to Google Maps, Bing Maps and other mapping services. The new OpenStreetView however works different than services like Google StreetView despite the naming similarities.


How to Download Map Data for Offline Use in Google Maps for Android

Friday, November 20th, 2015

Here’s a great trick for those times when you’re headed to an area that has poor mobile reception, but you still need to be able to check out Google Maps.

Google added map downloads, offline navigation and other capabilities to the most recent version of its maps software Google Maps. I’m still looking for a travel app for my trip to Asia next January that allows me to download maps to the device in advance so that I can use the mapping app even if I don’t have access to Internet. The new capabilities were reason enough to take another look at Google Maps.


Google to Switch All Users to the New Google Maps

Monday, April 20th, 2015

Well, this is disappointing news. Although the new Google Maps definitely has some nice features, there’s still something to be said for the simplicity and relatively uncluttered appearance of the old Google Maps.

Google community manager Abby announced on the official Google Maps forum yesterday that the company will move all users of Google Maps to the new version of the product soon. The same message appears on Google Maps if the classic version of the application is still being used.


Improve Google Maps Performance by Enabling Lite Mode

Tuesday, March 18th, 2014

If you’ve had problems with the recently updated version of Google Maps, try this instead; it’s a huge improvement …

If you use Google Maps regularly to look up places, get directions, or just browse the next holiday destination to plan what you want to visit, then you may have noticed performance issues at times depending on the performance of your computer system. Especially 3D imagery on Google Maps seems to slow down things a bit on lower-end systems, and while you may sometimes want to display 3D objects on a map, you may prefer to speed things up a bit at other times.


Your Google Location History, and How to Disable It

Monday, December 9th, 2013

Depending on your browsing habits and need for privacy, this might be a good idea, or it might not …

If you grant Google access to your location, it may be recorded by the company depending on the Location history preference. What this means is that Google may track past locations that you have used the company’s services if the feature is enabled. You can check out if that is the case by opening the Location History page on Google Maps. It displays Google Maps on the page, and a calendar that you can use to browse the history of a particular day, or up to 30 days combined.


WeatherBomb is a Fancy Weather App for Android that Highlights Weather Trends

Tuesday, May 21st, 2013

Everybody talks about the weather but nobody does anything about it … or do they?

When you search for weather on Google Play you come up with thousands of results. Most apps you find here show you the current and forecast temperature, and maybe some other information such as wind strength or precipitation.

The Android app WeatherBomb does all that, but adds to it large scale weather trend maps. The first thing you need to do after installation is to add at least one location that you want to retrieve weather information for.


Cross-Platform Nokia Maps Service Launched

Wednesday, November 14th, 2012

Need more map functions than Google Maps provides? This looks like an interesting alternative …

You can do maps right, like Google does with its service Google Maps, or get lots of flak for your maps application like Apple did when the company switched from the reliable Google Maps to its own maps application on new iOS devices. Nokia recently launched, a new cross-platform mapping service full of HTML5 goodness that should work in every modern desktop or mobile web browser


Google Street View Goes Underwater at the Great Barrier Reef

Thursday, September 27th, 2012

This is kind of a cool idea … but it would probably be more helpful if they’d just finish mapping the streets; Street View completely misses a lot of smaller towns.

I have become convinced that there really isn’t anywhere that the Google Street View team won’t take their cameras.  They have not only covered the actual streets around the world, but have even hit the trails in National Parks in the U.S. and combed through several of the biggest museums around the world.  Now the team has gone into the deep blue, diving under the waves at the Great Barrier Reef, off the coast of northern Australia.


MapsGL Adds Turbo Speed to Google Maps

Friday, October 14th, 2011

If you’re a Google Maps user, you might want to check this out …

Sometimes when you look locations and places up on Google Maps you will notice delays before the tiles appear in the web browser that you are using to access the service. The Google Maps Team has just released a new Chrome Experiment that makes use of latest browser technologies to provide a better more seamless experience.


Web Maps to Garmin – Custom Map Converter

Friday, March 4th, 2011

If you’re into GPS devices, you might find this article interesting …

Garmin is probably best known for their GPS-powered devices and applications. Up until now it was not that easy to integrate maps of web map services, like Google Maps, Bing Maps, Yahoo Maps or Open Street, as custom maps into Garmin devices and applications.