Google's core apps are almost designed to be taken for granted by owners of Android smartphones – Gmail, Maps and Photos are always there, delivering some of the core functions we use our handsets for. But dig deeper into what these apps can do, rather than just using them on autopilot, and you'll discover a bunch of handy features you may never have known existed. So let's take a look at some of the Google app features you may not have used before – we're confident that a few of these will make it into your daily routine. The features below are designed for Android phones, but most of them are equally applicable to iPhone users - we'll highlight where that might not be the case.Google MapsHow to cache map areas in MapsGoogle Maps lets you save huge chunks of map data, and this can be very handy. A phone doesn’t need mobile data to track your location, as it can use satellite-based GPS – but without downloaded or 'streamed' maps, it’ll look … [Read more...] about Google Maps, Mail and Photos: top tips to make you a mobile master in seconds
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The dawn of the smartphone age had us cheering for GPS chips and easy, on-the-go navigation. No longer were we beholden to sites like MapQuest (which still exists as a mobile app, by the way) and printing out directions. Instead, we could open up our maps app, input a destination, and receive live, turn-by-turn directions. It was like having a pocket-sized Marco Polo, Christopher Columbus, or Ferdinand Magellan as your permanent wingman. It was surely also a death blow to paper maps — but it didn’t stop there.Once we could navigate with our smartphones, the question became: “which software does it better?” Obviously, Google Maps is the best-known map app — it’s basically synonymous with mobile navigation. In fact, Google Maps was originally the iPhone’s default, preinstalled navigation software, until Apple launched its own Apple Maps. An app called Waze emerged as a third-party alternative, developing quite a following before Google … [Read more...] about Navigation Wars: Google Maps vs Waze vs Apple Maps
Article Contents1 Teardown1.1 Saved locations for School and Gym1.2 The 'Other' Notification Channel1.3 A few new prompts1.4 A task list called "Nearby Need?"2 Download An update to Google Maps v9.54 began rolling out to users through the beta channel yesterday, but it doesn't appear to have any visible changes going live quite yet. However, a teardown of the apk does bring a few hints about what to expect in the future. There are clues about a couple of new saved destinations like the Home and Work slots that have become so useful, the first stirring of support for Android O's notification channels, a few new "promos" to get people interested in various features, and a very curious feature that might turn out to be a task list of sorts. As usual, we've got a link at the bottom to download this update to sideload if you're not interested in waiting for Google to deliver it to your device. Teardown Disclaimer: Teardowns are based on evidence found inside of apks (Android's application … [Read more...] about Google Maps v9.54 prepares to add saved locations for your school and gym, notification channels, and what looks like a task list [APK Teardown]
posted on 22 Dec 2014, 03:36 7 1. SuperMaoriBro (Posts: 533; Member since: 23 Jun 2012) If google adds an offline mode for entire regions then i would have voted differently posted on 22 Dec 2014, 10:04 1 31. rsiders (Posts: 1330; Member since: 17 Nov 2011) Agreed. posted on 22 Dec 2014, 03:54 8 2. tech2 (Posts: 3487; Member since: 26 Oct 2012) Ofc, Google Maps is better. The only advantage Nokia Maps have is in offline navigation and that's about it. posted on 22 Dec 2014, 04:11 7 6. Johnnokia (Posts: 1158; Member since: 27 May 2012) Why are you trolling Nokia in every Nokia related article?? posted on 22 Dec 2014, 04:33 13 8. tech2 (Posts: 3487; Member since: 26 Oct 2012) Last time I checked its related to Google equally. So its not a 'Nokia-only' article. Get over it ! posted on 22 Dec 2014, 05:51 5 14. laughmi (banned) (Posts: 283; Member since: 28 Oct 2014) Trolling is what you are doing by blindly praising an OEM as tech2 stated. … [Read more...] about Comments for : Poll results: Does Nokia’s HERE maps app have the potential to overthrow Google Maps?
Google Maps is the industry leader when it comes to mapping, but for years users have criticized it for not having a fully functional offline navigation capabilities. This changes via an update scheduled to arrive on Android today (the update is coming to iOS 'soon') that brings offline search and navigation to Google Maps.It works by first prompting the user to save an area and the app downloads an offline map. By default, the map will update once every 15 days with updates happening when the phone is plugged to a charger and connected to Wi-Fi, so that the actual map data is still fairly up to date.Offline maps are convenient, all about speedThere are some minor limitation: businesses registered on Google Maps will appear with only their names, star ratings, and phone numbers, but there will be no photos or user reviews (this would still be displayed if you have mobile data). You also cannot switch to a satellite view, and there are no offline walking or public transport … [Read more...] about Google Maps is getting offline navigation on Android today, iOS update coming ‘soon’