At Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference in June, the company revealed iOS 6, which replaces Google Maps in the operating system with Apple's own product. This week, iOS device users got "treated" to Apple's new product. Suffice it to say, there's been a bit of complaining. Many users want Google Maps back.
We thought it might be fun to take a look at what Google has announced for Google Maps since Apple's official announcement that it would be Google Mapsless. Google has been busy. Following is a series of announcements from the Google Maps Google+ page dating back to June 11 when Apple's event kicked off (and this isn't even all of the Maps-related announcements).
A new batch of satellite images for Google Maps and Google Earth!
We just published a fresh batch of high-resolution aerial and satellite imagery in Google Earth and . Visit the Lat Long blog for a full list of updated countries: http://goo.gl/efEXp.
One highlight to note is this updated view of Donbass Arena in Donetsk, Ukraine, home of the Group D opener of the #EURO2012 Football Championship earlier today.
We're now eight steps closer to mapping the world with Google Map Maker! http://goo.gl/w4QKN
At the heart of Google Map Maker are citizen cartographers helping to build the most accurate maps of their communities - ones that reflect the identity, culture and pride of regions across the globe. Today, Map Maker is expanding to the following countries, enabling people who know and live in these locations to share their local expertise: Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, and Switzerland.
From the moment you make your first edit in Map Maker, know that you are joining an ever-growing community of passionate mappers as they make online maps of our world more detailed and useful. Get involved by introducing yourself to fellow mappers or find an event near you: mapyourworldcommunity
We happily welcome mappers in each of these new countries. Google Map Maker is available in more than 190 countries and territories, and as we forge ahead with continued expansion over the coming months, stay tuned for additional country launch announcements!
Thanks and happy mapping!
A golf course in Oslo, Norway comes to life with Google Map Maker
It goes without saying that commuting is a day-to-day routine for people all over the world, so we’re excited to announce that we’ve recently launched traffic coverage in regions of 7 new countries to help you plan your commutes! Welcome Belarus, Estonia, Latvia, Mexico, Peru, Romania and South Africa!
We’ve also improved and expanded our coverage in 19 other countries and regions including Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Israel, Italy, Japan, Netherlands, New Zealand, Puerto Rico, Russia, Spain, Sweden, Taiwan, and the UK.
For more information check out the Lat Long blog: http://goo.gl/H1hDk
Here’s a quick glance at our traffic coverage around the globe:http://goo.gl/maps/GK0J
Google Maps Coordinate is a great new Enterprise product that lets you organize teams in the field!
Organize teams on the move with Google Maps Coordinate
Today, we’re making it easier for your business to efficiently organize teams in the field with Google Maps Coordinate, a tool that gives businesses real-time visibility into their teams’ movement and assignments with just a couple of clicks and a smartphone.
Team members in the field download the mobile app to their phone and then can:
- Share real-time location. Google Maps Coordinate is built upon all of Google’s mapping and geolocation infrastructure so the app will send an accurate location...even if you’re indoors.
- Receive instant alerts. Mobile teams are instantly notified when a new job is assigned to them.
Meanwhile, employees at headquarters can:
- Manage jobs. Easily create jobs, precisely locate the job with autocomplete and custom locations, and assign the job to the nearest team member.
- View past jobs and locations. Easily visualize the locations of jobs and teams, including current and past jobs. Businesses can assess where they should be assigning or hiring more workers and how to optimally place their teams.
Learn more about Google Maps Coordinate at http://maps.google.com/coordinate.
Take Google Maps for Android with you anywhere you go, no data connection required! You can even find and orient yourself by using GPS and compass mode. Read more about offline maps on the Lat Long Blog: http://goo.gl/67QNq
Use Google Maps to navigate your way around a museum exhibit!
We've added more than 20 U.S. museums to our growing collection of indoor maps. Locate the great whale hanging in the Museum of National History in New York, or find your way to a Picasso in the de Young in San Francisco. Across the country, plan your route from exhibit to exhibit and explore great museums with any Android device.
Indoor Google Maps help you make your way through museums
In the past, navigating through museums could be an art form in and of itself. But Google Maps for Android has got wayfinding inside your favorite museums down to a science. With indoor maps and walki...
Attention bikers — Starting today, we’ve added extensive biking data to Google Maps for Austria, Australia, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Monaco, Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom. In many of these countries we are also enabling biking directions in beta mode.
For more details visit the Lat Long blog: http://goo.gl/p3hCG
Bike paths in the Netherlands
Earlier today we announced that biking data and directions were added to many countries in Europe and Australia (http://goo.gl/p3hCG). To add to the excitement, we’re happy to announce the launch of walking directions in 44 African countries! To learn more, visit the Lat Long blog: http://goo.gl/b5qsA
Visit a National Park or two on your lunch break!
Take a (virtual) trip through some of California’s most breathtaking national parks. We’ve added Yosemite, Redwood, Sequoia & Kings Canyon, Death Valley and Joshua Tree National Parks to Street View. Make John Muir proud and check it out at http://goo.gl/jHYU0.
You can now visit the South Pole with Street View as part of our World Wonders project. Take a look at past explorers footsteps including Sir Ernest Shackleton and Robert Falcon's huts and hopefully it can inspire you take some journeys of your own.
In 1913, a trip to Antarctica was advertised with the following: "Men wanted for hazardous journey. Low wages, bitter cold, long hours of complete darkness. Safe return doubtful. Honour and recognition in event of success." Now, nearly 100 years later, you can take the same journey wearing shorts & a t-shirt, from the comfort of your browser. We've added new panoramic imagery of historic Antarctic locations (inside and out) to our World Wonders Project site (www.google.com/worldwonders). Learn more on our blog: goo.gl/XgVhy and in the video below.
Check out our new and updated maps in parts of Europe, Africa and Asia!
Today, we’re launching updates to for Croatia, Czech Republic, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Lesotho, Macau, Portugal, San Marino, Singapore and Vatican City. These new maps are more detailed, with better information for things like parks, coastlines and bodies of water; more accurate names and locations for major points of interest; and more clearly-labeled ferry routes—plus some other improvements.
More detailed maps in parts of Europe, Africa and Asia
Whether you're travelling abroad or exploring your own city, the maps you carry with you should be comprehensive, accurate and easy to use. We're constantly making improvements to Google Maps to help ...
We’ve recently made it much easier and faster for you to start your journey on Google Maps from your current location. Now, when you visit Google Maps you’ll be automatically zoomed into your city as the starting point for your search. You can dive right in and discover the local businesses, restaurants and attractions near you, without having to manually enter your location.
For more information, visit the Lat Long blog: http://goo.gl/uhEvS
Location information displayed on left with option to correct it.
We’re always working to build the most comprehensive and accurate view of the world — courtesy of the http://goo.gl/8dXfTand Maps teams, we have exciting new updates to both our high resolution aerial and satellite imagery and our 45° imagery. Updates available for over 70 countries/regions! Visit the Lat Long blog for the complete list of updated places:
Here’s The Trump International Hotel and Tower in Chicago, Illinois, viewed in new 45º imagery. http://goo.gl/maps/TciG
Back in 2008 we added public transit directions for subway, bus, commuter rail, and ferry services in the New York City metro area. Starting today, we’re also including planned service alerts in step-by-step transit directions for the city’s subway system. And when you click on any of the 468 stations labeled on Google Maps, you’ll see whether any planned service changes might affect your trip. If you’re a frequent traveler on the subways of New York, please be sure to let us know what you think. Read more on the Google Lat Long Blog: http://goo.gl/fNPXQ
G’day mappers — at last it’s time to share the treasures of the Great Southern Land. Today,Google Map Maker opens its maps to Australia, so you can add your local knowledge to Google Maps for all the world to see.
Google Map Maker warmly welcomes the people of Australia to the team of citizen cartographers from 200 countries and regions across the globe as they continue to build the world map. To learn more, subscribe to the Map Maker YouTube Channel, and get started mapping today!
Google Lat Long: Calling all Aussie Mappers! Google Map Maker is now available in Australia
Help share Australia's natural gems with tourists and locals alike by drawing the hiking trails through the Eucalypt forests of Tasmania or adding all the campsites surrounding Uluru-Kata Tjuta Nation...
A collaboration between NASA and Google has made way to the largest special collection of Street View imagery to date — 6,000 panoramic views of the Kennedy Space Center. Help us celebrate the Space Center’s 50th birthday by taking a virtual tour through the famous gateway to space: http://goo.gl/maps/hFqTX. Read the full story on the Google Lat Long blog: http://goo.gl/2qCPu
Many of you currently use traffic information in Google Maps to plan out your trips and save you time. Today, we’re excited to announce that we’re expanding our traffic coverage to include more than 130 smaller cities across the United States as well as the capitals of Colombia, Costa Rica, and Panama. Learn more on the Lat Long blog: http://goo.gl/g9xzA
You can check traffic conditions on your Android device and web browser
Today, Google Map Maker has become available in Ukraine and Poland, joining 200 other countries and regions, and bringing us two steps closer to building the most comprehensive world map possible. From the peaks of Ukraine’s Hoverla mountains to Poland’s cheerful Baltic coastline, you can now contribute your local knowledge to help create a more complete and accurate map of Europe for the world to see.
We welcome both residents and folks who are familiar with Poland and Ukraine to the team of citizen cartographers across the globe who are continuing to build the map of the world. Learn more here: http://goo.gl/EsDq0
Thanks, and happy mapping!
The area around the Olympic Stadium in Wroclaw comes to life in Google Maps.
Nearly 7 years after the disaster of Hurricane Katrina, the people of New Orleans are building up their city stronger than ever. We’re excited to help share the progress the city has had in our newest addition to Street View! Among other things, you’ll see major investments made to playgrounds, community centers, roads, and parks, like historic Congo Square in Armstrong Park (http://goo.gl/maps/3Yc64) -- the "birthplace of jazz”. Check out the Lat Long article by Mayor Mitch Landrieu of New Orleans for more information: http://goo.gl/UVnYH
http://goo.gl/fjwt1 and see some of the changes we’ve done to the Transit Lines layer. For more information visit the lat long blog.now has schedules for more than one million public transit stops worldwide in nearly 500 cities. Update to the latest version of Google Maps for Android
Have you ever used transit directions?
Google Lat Long: Google Maps now has schedules for more than one million public transit stops worldwide
Since 2005, we've collaborated with hundreds of transit authorities around the world to make a comprehensive resource for millions of riders to find out which bus, train, subway or tram can take them ...
Over the last few months, we’ve taken you everywhere from the Amazon to Antarctica, and we’re continuing to add imagery of even more places around the globe. Beginning this week, you can dive even deeper into Latin America with new Street View imagery of Brazil and Mexico. Go ahead, visit Chichen Itza! (http://goo.gl/maps/gnR4x) Check out the Lat Long blog for more information: http://goo.gl/TXqpe
Building a more comprehensive, accurate and usable map for local cyclists in Detroit, Michigan is just one part of Map Maker Todd Scott’s mission. From the smallest town to a rapidly evolving city like Detroit, maps reflect the heart of a community. Whether you’re improving directions, adding local businesses or mapping an entire area from scratch, your local expertise will help make life easier for not only you, but all Google Maps users. As Todd says, “It goes beyond map making. It’s a way to take back your neighborhood.”
You can learn more about Todd's inspiring Map Maker story here: http://goo.gl/y5y8z. How are you helping to map your world? It's time to share your story.
We’re putting on our parkas and heading north to Cambridge Bay in the Kitikmeot Region of Nunavut in Canada’s Arctic. Millenniums worth of stories in this region are hidden by an intricate lacework of tundra, waterways and breaking ice. Today, we’re setting out on an ambitious mission to tell some of those stories and to build the most comprehensive map of the region to date. By empowering the Cambridge Bay community, we’ll be able to share the spectacular beauty and rich culture of Canada’s Arctic. Get the full story on the Lat Long Blog: http://goo.gl/NQbQ9
Google Lat Long: Google Maps heads north...way north
Wednesday, August 22, 2012 at 6:00 PM. Search for [cambridge bay] on Google Maps and you'll fly to a tiny hamlet located deep in the Kitikmeot Region of Nunavut in Canada's Arctic, surrounded by an in...
Time to strap on your helmets — we’re adding turn-by-turn, voice-guided biking navigation to Google Maps Navigation (beta) in every country with biking directions. In 2010 we launched biking directions on your desktop for the US and Canada, today we have over half a gigameter of biking navigation in 12 countries across the globe. Read more on the Lat Long Blog: http://goo.gl/u6Gpx and get the update from Google Play: http://goo.gl/r6MIS.
We’ve got some exciting news. You can now map with your friends on Google+! With a few simple steps you can share from Map Maker to your Google+ circles, and build your ever-growing Map Maker community in the process.
Anything you share from Map Maker will appear on your Google+ profile to the circles and individuals with whom you’ve shared the post. People in your circles can comment on your post, and from there you can continue on your way to creating comprehensive maps of the places you care about most!
To learn more about how to share Map Maker edits on Google+, go here: http://goo.gl/4TxGf
Thanks, and happy mapping!
Sharing in Map Maker - Map Maker Help
Share your Map Maker hobby with your Google+ circles. By sharing your map edits and reviews with people connected to you on Google+ who may be regional experts or know about a particular area, you can...
Today, we’re making Google Maps even better with new voice guided, turn-by-turn directions with traffic conditions in India, biking directions and Map Maker in New Zealand, and new Street View imagery of university campuses around the world. These improvements are part of our ongoing effort to build the best map we can -- one that’s comprehensive, accurate and easy for you to use.
Learn more about these and other exciting Google Maps updates here: http://goo.gl/u9D4z
Help Google Maps go everywhere! http://youtu.be/UrS9AVPUMFQ
Today, we’re excited to announce our latest round of imagery updates, making our maps even more accurate and comprehensive. Look out for new aerial, satellite and 45º imagery for many regions across the globe, from Mecca to Allentown. Some images are only available in Google Earth for the moment. Visit the Lat Long blog for a complete list of updated areas: goo.gl/kHKUC
As one of our most beloved features, we’re excited to announce our recent Google Maps Navigation (Beta) launch for a suite of new countries, including Algeria, Bahrain, Kuwait, Lebanon, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Egypt, and UAE.
We’re excited to announce the latest release of Google Maps for Android! http://goo.gl/9ljjy With some improvements to better sync your maps experience across all of your devices, it’s now faster and easier for you to get the information you’ve searched for on your browser, right on your Android phone. Less tapping, fewer typos! Find out more: http://goo.gl/wcXo9
Today, Google Maps is expanding its offering of live road traffic in three new cities: Jeddah, Saudi Arabia (goo.gl/maps/AINXH); Kuwait City, Kuwait (goo.gl/maps/hrrEn) and Guayaquil, Ecuador (goo.gl/maps/QPCwJ). We’ve also improved live traffic information to include more roads and highways in 15 regions where this popular feature of Google Maps is already available: Australia, Brazil, Canada, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Russia, Sweden, the U.K., and the U.S. We hope this more accurate picture of traffic conditions will help you avoid getting stuck in traffic jams and more easily get you where you want to go. Visit the Lat Long blog for more info: http://goo.gl/wfSjj
And again, that's not even everything.