It seems several Windows Phone 8 users trying to use the web version of the Google Maps service through the browser on their phones are being denied access, with the browser now redirecting to Google’s homepage.
Although Google Maps was never technically supported on the Internet Explorer browser on WP8 (because it is optimized for use only on browsers running on the WebKit engine) it did used to work to some extent before. Now, however, it doesn’t work at all.
This move can be seen as the result of the growing rivalry between Google and Microsoft. Recently, Google disabled the Exchange ActiveSync support for personal, non-enterprise users, which was a big blow to Windows Phone 8 users who relied on Google’s services. This recent move cuts another one of Google’s services from being accessed from Microsoft’s devices. Also, if you’re waiting for a native Google Maps app, then you should remember that Google also recently said that they have no interest in developing for either Windows 8 or Windows Phone 8.
Google has responded to this issue with the same reason as stated above, saying that the mobile site is optimized for WebKit engine, whereas the IE browser on WP8 uses the Trident engine. However, there is no explanation on why it used to work partially before and why it does not work at all now.
Google Maps has finally gets the comeback on the iOS and many users are surely wondering if it is possible to make Siri use Google Maps for routes and directions instead of Apple’s infamous Maps app.
As it turns out that’s not only possible, but quite easy too. It’s perfectly convenient, but it doesn’t require any hacking, so anyone can use it.
Every time you need directions or navigation to somewhere, just say “via transit” at the end of your request. That way you won’t get a response from the standard Maps, but you will be redirected to a page where you can choose between Google Maps and other (installed or not) available services.
If you choose Google Maps for instance, you will go to the app and it will display (or execute) whatever you asked for. Choosing an app from this list won’t be saved for further uses, nor is there a way to set it as default. So, every time you need to use something other than Apple’s Maps (so basically every time), just use the “via transit” phrase.
Nokia’s Drive+, Nokia’s exclusive offline SatNav navigation app on Windows Phone has had its Beta version updated.
The new update enables more efficient battery use when the app runs in the background plus a few other improvements. The updated app will turn off the GPS receiver when you send it to background to save battery (except in the cases when you are in a guidance mode, of course).
Nokia is also improving its free navigation offering by adding a ‘Back to my position’ function while exploring the map, and a distance measurement from your current position to any place you happen to be looking at.
You can check out Nokia Drive+ Beta just by heading to the link below.
Via : Windows
Mountain View’s mapping service is back on iOS, but Google’s cartography team isn’t content with launching a standalone app: it wants to worm its way into other developer’s apps, too.
Leveraging a URL scheme, Google Maps’ iOS SDK allows developers to call up its own navigation application in favor of iOS 6’s offering. The SDK also demonstrates how to perform a quick check to make sure Google Maps is installed, allowing apps to default to Apple’s solution if it isn’t found.
Developers looking for a more integrated solution can request access to API keys that will allow their apps to natively utilize Google’s cartography in 2D and 3D views. It’s a subtle hand to play, but the updated SDK gives developers more control over the experience they offer to users, a good thing, to be sure. Looking for access to the new API? Register your interest at Google’s developer site — it’s doling out access to qualified developers as API keys become available.
Via : Google
Once upon a time, Google Maps was an indispensable part of the iPhone, faithfully guiding users wherever they needed to go. Then, Apple decided to ditch Google’s cartography in favor of it’s own mapping system in iOS 6, giving the guys in Mountain View the reason to build a standalone solution.
It’s finally here, folks. After taking an exit from the iOS platform with the arrival of iOS 6, the Google Maps application started journey as a standalone app that had to be downloaded from the App Store. And although it did take some time coming, the app is now finally available for download.
Google did take its own sweet time but the app seems every bit as good as the Android version on paper and is even better than the one you previously had on iOS. Not to mention the current Apple Maps.
Among the key new features is the presence of turn-by-turn voice navigation, something that was missing from the built-in Google Maps on iOS. You also get local search, public transport directions, Street View and a lot more.
As you can expect from Google, the app is free to download. Unfortunately, it is only available on the iPhone right now but hopefully an iPad version will arrive later.
Nokia has updated its Nokia Transport (known as Transit in North America) for Windows Phone 8 with a revamped interface. The company is also working on apps for Windows Phone 7 and even Symbian, but those are in beta right now.
One of the changes is that the route is segmented and you can look at each segment more closely with a single tap or swipe.
Nokia Transport makes use of Windows Phone’s Live Tiles and lets you pin favorite destinations to the Start screen (home, work, etc.). The app also lets you plan routes in advance (just enter the date and time you want to travel). You can choose how departure time is displayed – actual time of departure (e.g. 2:17p.m.) or time until departure (e.g. in 15 minutes).
Once all the planning is done, the app will offer walking directions to the station or stop you need to go to and after you arrive, directions to the exact location you want to visit. The list with your destination history will make it easy to find locations you’ve already visited (but you can delete entries if, for example, you didn’t like the coffee at that place).
The Windows Phone 8 Transport app has been updated to version 3.0, check the Windows Phone Store to install the update. Nokia Beta Labs has beta versions of the app for Windows Phone 7-running Lumias and for Symbian phones.
In a San Francisco event, Nokia CEO Stephen Elop announced that the company will be rebranding their mapping service and will be calling it Nokia HERE. While the service will mostly remain the same, Nokia has added some cool new features.
First is a feature called Collections, which lets you save locations to your Nokia account so you can quickly jump to them without having to search for them every time. The locations sync across devices after you log into your Nokia account. Collections is similar to the starring feature in Google Maps.
Another new feature is 3D maps, where you get a 3D view of several key locations around the world. This feature is identical to the Flyover feature in the new Apple Maps and the data is actually provided by the same company, C3 Technologies.
Nokia has also added a maps editor, so users can now update street names and traffic information and the information will be added to the maps for others to see.
Nokia also acquired street view mapping company Earthmine, which brings street view functionality to Nokia’s maps.
Now here’s the best part. Nokia will be bringing their HERE maps to iOS and Android as well. The iOS and Android apps will be released soon and Nokia will also be providing the maps SDK to Android OEMs so they can integrate it within their apps. The iOS version includes turn by turn directions and public transportation information and is currently pending Apple’s approval. A web version for Mozilla’s upcoming Firefox OS will be released next year.
You can also check out Nokia HERE on your web browser by clicking, well, HERE.
Via : The Verge : 1 , 2 , 3