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Meet the improved gMaps 3.0!


No panic! gMaps is in the store and it was there all the time. The only issue we’ve faced with is the Search didn’t want to find our app. But now it is searchable again! So, please find and download if you have no gMaps app in your collection for now.

And this is not the only good news for you today.

We’ve made a really great work for such a little time and now you can find gMaps v3.0 in the Store! And, as you could already guess, this version is not without improvements.

Interesting? So, let me show you…

search-option search-screen

Not only Search in the Store is improved, but gMaps Search feature has also got its update. Now it even looks different. The new Search is performed on a separate screen, where you can see a list of proposed locations by first entering letters and you just have to tap on the suitable place in the list and it would be shown on the map immediately. By the way, the history of all your searches are saved too and shown to you with the next opening the Search screen.

routeOne more interesting and really useful feature for you is Building a Route.

This feature now is also in separate screen, where you can write manual places you wanted to start/finish with. When points will be entered the list of available variants of routes will appear. There you can also choose the travel mode. By the way, some routes by bicycle and on foot will be shown with warning and it will mean that some routes could be missing or changed because it is really difficult to track all changes of small routes. And you just have to tap on the suitable variant from the list and the route will be built on the map. And don’t worry, all of variants that you’ve seen in the list now is available for you in the top of the screen. You just need to swipe there and the route will be changed immediately. But if you don’t want any of routes appear on the map you can just tap the Back button and the screen will be closed without building anything on the map.

directions-optionNow you can not only build a route from A to B, you can put as much as 7 points. You can also set restrictions there and all available roads will be shown on the Directions screen, you just have to tap on the most suitable variant for you and the route will be displayed on the map.

There is also a quick way to access directions dialog from search dialog if you mistakenly pressed wrong button. Just follow blue/white “directions icon” and it will lead you to the directions dialog.


Another helpful feature is activation of third-partyapplications. This feature allows you to open some app you like for its drive mode, or which you’ve always used in the car. To activate drive mode feature you just have to build a route at first and then tap on the Car icon in the right upper corner or tap on the arrow which is show your current position. For this moment this feature is available only on the Pro version of gMaps 3.0, but soon it will be in the free version too.

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Google Maps website return to Windows Phone–seems to work OK

wp_ss_20130109_0001After a huge hubbub over the weekend it seems Google has kept to their promise of making Google Maps for the web available to Windows Phone 8 users.

The website is only accessible if your phone is in mobile browser mode, else the infamous re-direct is still in place. 

In mobile mode a relatively finger-friendly but classically Android-ugly mobile mapping website, which can give walking, driving and also public transit directions is accessible, which may be a good solution for Windows Phone users to bookmark where a Microsoft or Nokia solution is not available.

Check it out at Maps.Google.com.

Via The Verge.com


Google backs down, will re-enable Google Maps access for Windows Phone

no_google_bullshitGoogle has issued a statement to The Next Web in which they claimed their recent decision to place a redirect in place was based on testing with older versions of Windows Phone, and that they have now re-evaluated their decision based on “recent improvements in IE Mobile”.

They said:

We periodically test Google Maps compatibility with mobile browsers to make sure we deliver the best experience for those users.

In our last test, IE mobile still did not offer a good maps experience with no ability to pan or zoom and perform basic map functionality. As a result, we chose to continue to redirect IE mobile users to Google.com where they could at least make local searches. The Firefox mobile browser did offer a somewhat better user experience and that’s why there is no redirect for those users.

Recent improvements to IE mobile and Google Maps now deliver a better experience and we are currently working to remove the redirect. We will continue to test Google Maps compatibility with other mobile browsers to ensure the best possible experience for users.

Given the scale of Google it is somewhat laughable that they did not test their maps on IE10 Mobile before making their decision, making their statement, as one commenter mentioned, sound like "bullshit".

Of course the main outcome is that when Google was exposed as a liar they were forced to back down, meaning that the outcry served a very important purpose, and when we are wronged we should never just accept it in silence.

As of this time of writing the redirect is still in place – on wonders if and when Google will lift it, and the quality of the product we will find at the other side.

Are our readers happy with the outcome? Let us know below.

The Where company snags Amazon’s Kindle as mapping customer

imageNokia’s who is rebranding themselves as the Where company in an attempt to leverage their Navteq asset, has according to Reuters scored a major win by displacing Google in Amazon’s new Kindle tablets.

Apple took a similar step earlier this year, when it dropped Google Maps in favour of its own mapping features for its next mobile operating system, known as iOS 6.

While the Kindle Fire runs Android, it does not integrate with Google’s Play store or use any of Google’s proprietary apps, and is often held up as the premier example of how Google has lost control of Android.

The next generation of Kindle tablets is rumoured to have location-based services included, backed by Nokia’s mapping data.

The tablets are expected to be announced next Thursday. A Nokia spokesman declined to comment.

Read more at Reuters.com

Via MNB.com

gMaps Pro update teases improved Streetview


The gMaps team has teased the gMaps Pro v1.24 with several new features.

The coming update includes:

  • Improved and slick StreetView (v2.0)
  • Your places (with Favourites, Recent and Pinned items)
  • Latitude as layer on your map
  • New localizations: Brazilian, Japanese.

The team are offering access to the update via a private beta – if interested read more here.

After Google complaint gMaps Pro back in Marketplace

After several weeks of vanishing gMaps Pro has been returned to the Windows Phone 7 Marketplace.

The app has been re-branded after complaints by Google which affected a number of apps in Marketplace.

GMaps took the opportunity to add some features and bug fixes, and report the resulting version 1.23 version is now much more stable.

New is an alpha version of Streetview. gMaps also added China region detection and offset auto correction. They also improved navigation by adding auto rerouting and current step highlighting.

imageUnfortunately because a new app had to be submitted users will not be able to upgrade from an old version to the current version, and most unfortunately users will have to purchase the app all over again. This was a result of a SNAFU from Microsoft’s end, explained in more detail on the team’s Facebook page here.

gMaps Pro is $1.99 and can be found in Marketplace here.

Homebrew Google Maps effort TA Maps makes jump to Marketplace

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One of the most popular Windows Phone 7 apps, if Google has actually ported it to Marketplace, would have been Google Maps, but since the company has been pretty negligent of WP7 users, a homebrew effort to using Google Maps data by TechAutos has been pretty welcome.

Now TechAutos Maps v2.0 has ben released, and for the first time it is an official Marketplace app, available to all.

TA Maps uses sources like Google Maps and OpenStreetMap and gives better coverage in many parts of the world than Bing Maps. 

The app features:

  • Scrollable/zoomable maps
  • Street/satellite views
  • GPS location tracking
  • Search
  • Favourite locations
  • Driving mode (keeps map centred on GPS location)
  • GPS sensitivity settings
  • Smoothly restores your last map view and pushpins

It is however important to note that the app does not at present include driving directions, but the developers promise that this will be coming and also additional map/search sources, and more point-of-Interest data in upcoming updates.

Unfortunately TA Maps is $1.99 with no free trail, so we have not given it a go to see how good it is.  TA Maps can be found in Marketplace here.

TA Maps: Google Maps for WP7

SplashScreenImageTechAutos have released TA Maps, an unofficial Google Maps client for Windows Phone 7. While a work in progress and not currently full-featured, it gives WP7 users access to a good alternative to Bing. However, it requires a developer-unlocked phone as it has not yet been certified through Marketplace (and, being unofficial, is unlikely to be).

Download links and instructions can be found here.

Thanks rad for the tip!

Google Maps for Windows Mobile updated, ads voice search


Despite Microsoft’s benign neglect, Windows Mobile is still getting some attention from an unexpected source.

Google Maps for Windows Phone has seen an update to version 4.1, and ads a pretty nice feature. Version 4.1 ads voice search capabilities, interestingly tied to the hardware call button.

The app claims to work with a wide range of English accents, including American, British, Indian, Australian, & New Zealand English and also Mandarin.

The update can be downloaded at m.google.com/maps using your mobile browser.

Via Pocketnow.com

Duelling maps updates – Bing and Google Maps updated


google-maps-mobile-starring device-windows

Google Maps for Mobile has just been updated to allow two way synching of starred (favourite) items between the desktop and handheld. The technology is useful for finding items on your big screen and navigating to it on your small screen, and also for preserving locations you want to remember while out and about.

The software can be downloaded at m.google.com/maps.

Bing for Mobile has also seen an update, which apparently brings auto-locate,  faster search help, letting you type less, faster access to maps to allow you to get to a location more quickly, advanced local search, and “quick answers” to help you make decisions on the go.

Bing Mobile can be downloaded here.

NextWeb via Mobiletechworld.com; MSMobiles.com

Google adds location tracking to Google Maps

Google has added friend-tracking to its Google Maps mobile client. The service allows you to use the cell or GPS position of a some-one from your gmail contact list who has consented to be tracked and see their location on your phone or even desktop.

It also adds a twitter-like element, as it allows status updates to be added to the information, allows your friends not just to say where they are, but also what they are doing. The app will also store contact details, meaning calling contacting friends via SMS or e-mail is easily accomplished. In some ways the app seems to be another bold move by Google into the social networking space.

The app is available for Windows Mobile by visiting http://www.google.com/latitude  from your mobile browser.

See the video below for a tutorial on the application, or visit Google Latitude for more information.