Volvo embeds Google Assistant, Google Play Store and Google Maps in next gen infotainment system

Scandinavian car company Volvo Cars is working with Google to embed the voice-controlled Google Assistant, Google Play Store, Google Maps and other Google services into its next-generation Sensus infotainment system, based on Google’s Android operating system. It's hoped that Volvo Cars’ intended partnership with Google will further enhance the way Volvo customers engage with and…

The top 3 pros and cons of using Waze instead of Google Maps

Navigation apps are an essential tool nowadays, providing most people with a solution to crucial commutes within different areas. Waze and Google Maps are among the top and most popular navigation apps which can be used on iOS and Android for free. Waze was designed in 2013 by an Israeli company. However, it was bought…

Google Maps doubles as Pac Man. April Fool or just really good fun?

It's probably just yet another April Fool's joke (they do get a bit tiresome don't they). But Google Maps actually has a Pac Man icon in the bottom left that turns the streets where you live into a giant arcade game and it's really good fun (unfortunately if you live somewhere really rural you will…

Google Maps adds real-time train data

Google Maps has juts got that little bit better for British users - the company has announced it now uses National Rail's real time data to augment its route planning. This means that when plotting a route, if a train is delayed Google will know - so will suggest alternatives instead. Brilliant. According to TechRadar,…

Now you can embed Google Street View and Photosphere imagery

Google has updated its maps software so that website developers can now embed Google Street View images directly into web pages. The update also works for "Photospheres" - which is what Google calls Street View for the insides of buildings - like you can see in the above embed. The even better news for developers…

Google Maps to get an “Explore” button

Google Maps is great for getting you from A to B, but what if you're looking for C, D and E? The company is adding a new "explore" button to the app which should help journeys get a little bit more serendipitous. Now when you're browsing a map, all you'll have to do is hit…

Google launches 3D map of London

Google has added a 3D map of London to Google Maps... prepare to lose your afternoon to scrolling around. Remember when Google Earth launched and a handful of buildings would pop up in 3D? Astonishingly, Google has somehow now managed to render the entire city - or the central bit anyway - and it is now…

Google bring Ingress augmented reality game to iPhone and iPad

Google has released a version of its augmented reality game, Ingress, on the iOS app store. That's right: Google make games too, apparently. Ingress is an augmented reality game where you must travel on foot around physical space in order to 'capture' different neighbourhoods and gather resources. The game takes places globally too - with…

The mystery of the disappearing Tube roundels on Google Maps

(Pic by Naparazzi) If you’ve tried to get anywhere unfamiliar in London lately then you’ve probably noticed something strange. On Google Maps, the Tube’s famous ‘Roundel’ logo has mysteriously been replaced by a more European style “M” logo. Whilst this might make things more consistent with similar metro systems around the world, it’s certainly a…