Maps

Google's Find My Device maps out building interiors to help you find your device

Losing your cell phone today is a way bigger deal than it was 10 years ago. Today people use their phones for banking or have their credit cards tied to apps.

Google's Find My Device app helps you find your lost Android device and lock it until you recover it. You can leave a custom message or a contact number on the screen for anyone who might find it.

The app added a new feature that maps a building... Read More »

Topics: Maps , Android Software , Android , Apps And Software

Waze's built-in audio player can now stream music, audiobooks, and more

You're driving your car as Waze guides you on your trip with the usual turn-by-turn directions. And now you feel like riding along hearing a song (side by side). In the past, you'd have to fire up a dedicated audio app to listen to your favorite tunes. Now, Waze is offering a simpler, safer, and more integrated approach.

SEE: The 5 Best Transit Apps To Get You There on Time

Waze has added its own audio player through which you can... Read More »

Topics: Entertainment , Maps , Android Software , iOS Software

Google Maps now lets you send and see messages to businesses

You're looking up a restaurant, store, or retailer via Google Maps and have a question about the business. With the latest update to Google Maps, you can ask your question directly and see the response without having to exit the app.

SEE: The 5 Best Transit Apps To Get You There on Time

Now starting to roll out to Google Maps on both iOS and Android is a new Messages feature, as described by the search giant in a... Read More »

Topics: Maps , Android Software , iOS Software

How to turn off Google Maps' invasive location history log

Users are more sensitive to who has access to their data and for what reasons these days than in the past. And as much good as Google does, the company still tracks you.

You can't really use Google Maps (iOS, Android) without location services turned on, but you can delete out your location history and better customize your settings for added privacy.

You can see the log Google keeps of your movements in Google Maps Timeline. When you... Read More »

Topics: Maps , Android Software , iOS Software , Android , Apps And Software

Waze to add built-in audio player to serenade you while you drive

You're in your car trying to get driving directions at the same time you're fiddling with an audio app to rev up your favorite music or audiobook. Not easy, right? Well, the folks at Waze have a solution that should help.

SEE: The 5 Best Transit Apps To Get You There on Time

Waze is introducing a built-in audio player that will pipe through music, audiobooks, podcasts, and more directly within the app itself. Yes, that means you... Read More »

Topics: MP3 & Audio Software , Maps , Travel , Android Software , iOS Software

How to 'follow' businesses on new Google Maps feature

Google Maps is taking a cue from Facebook and enabling users to "follow" businesses they frequent.

For now, Android users can follow a business in the Google Maps app by searching for the business and tapping "follow." The option to follow is just under the business' description and above "Overview."

After you follow a place, you'll start getting updates like events, discount offers, and other updates. The alerts will show up the For You tab.

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Topics: Maps , Map Software , Android Software , iOS Software , Android , Apps And Software

Google Maps' new group feature lets friends vote on places to eat and things to do

The older you get, the harder it becomes to make (and keep) plans with friends. Someone usually bails out at the last minute, no one can agree where to go, and it might feel easier to stay at home. Google Maps (iOS, Android) is rolling out its new group planning feature to ease the burden of hanging out.

Instead of a messy text thread, the new group planning feature lets you do all the planning and collaborate... Read More »

Topics: Maps , Android Software , iOS Software , Android , Apps And Software , Lifestyle Software , Restaurants

Google Maps app now lets you share battery status along with your location

Sharing locations within Google Maps has become a popular way to locate a friend in a new place or guide someone to a hard-to-find destination.

But the feature was not without flaws. Some users complained that if their phone died after sharing a location, the marker representing them either twirled or did nothing, confusing those looking for them after arriving. It was often difficult to know whether someone's smartphone had died -- or if something worse had happened.

Now, when you... Read More »

Topics: Maps , Travel , Windows Software , Mac Software , Android Software , iOS Software

Google Earth app for Android and Chrome can now measure straight-line distances

On the heels of Google releasing an augmented reality ruler last week, the company has decided that it's not done with measuring things just yet. In fact, it's sizing up to the entire planet. Today, Google announced that it's adding as-the-crow-flies distance measuring to its Google Earth app, so now you can see exactly how many miles it is from Chicago to Los Angeles -- or how long the Golden Gate Bridge is, if you're about to brave... Read More »

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