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Google Earth gets major update for web, Android with guided tours

When Google Earth first launched in 2004, it sort of seemed like magic: a 3D globe that allowed you to zoom in on just about any location on the planet. Over the years Google has made improvements to the imagery and the technology that powers the experience, incorporated features from the web-based Google Maps service, […]

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Google Maps now runs on Android Wear smartwatches

Google’s smartwatch operating system has offered directions and turn-by-turn navigation since the first Android Wear watches launched in 2014. But what if you want to actually view a full map on your wristwatch? Now you can. Google is rolling out Maps 9.9 for Android phones and tablets. If you’ve got an Android Wear device all you need to […]

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Nokia HERE maps hits the Google Play Store

Nokia’s HERE Maps service provides maps, turn-by-turn directions, transport information, and trip planning for smartphones. This summer the company launched the first Android version of HERE Maps, but it was only available for Samsung devices at the time. Now HERE beta is available in the Google Play Store, and it’s a free download for devices running Android […]

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Nokia introduces HERE Maps for Samsung phones, smartwatches

Nokia has been offering mapping applications for smartphone since way back when Google was just a company that ran a search engine and email service. Now Nokia is bringing the latest version of its mapping service to Android phones… or rather to Android phones made by Samsung. Nokia HERE Maps is coming to Samsung Galaxy […]

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Lilbits (7-19-2013): Early phone upgrades, Chrome web app launch

T-Mobile, AT&T, and Verizon have all announced plans that will let customers upgrade phones more quickly. Typically US mobile customers had to wait 18 to 24 months to qualify for a new handset. Some of the new plans let you upgrade as often as every 6 months. Of course, none of this comes free of […]

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New Google Maps update for mobile rolling out, adds tablet UI, drops Latitude

Google is starting to roll out its new Google Maps app for smartphones and tablets. It has a simpler user interface that puts the maps front and center a center, a new dedicated tablet version for Android tablets, and retires the Google Latitude location tracking service. The update starts hitting Android devices this week, and […]

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Google Maps comes to the iOS App Store

When Apple launched the first iPhone, it featured a Maps app powered by Google Maps. Every iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad that’s been released since then has had a Maps app — but with the introduction of iOS 6 this year Apple dropped Google Maps and started using a new map service developed in-house. Some […]

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Nokia Maps becomes HERE, goes cross-platform (iOS, Firefox OS, Android)

Nokia Maps already powers the maps and navigation features for Windows Phone. But soon Nokia plans to bring its mapping service to other platforms including iOS, Android, and the upcoming Firefox OS. In fact, if you take a pre-release build of Firefox OS for a spin in a web browser, you’ll notice that Nokia Maps […]