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Google sure did announce a lot of new things yesterday, but it was slightly interesting to see the entire audience at the I/O Keynote yesterday enthusiastically cheering for one of the few things that weren’t entirely surprising: an update to Google Earth (now at version 7.0) that brings 3D mapping capabilities, as well as an update to Google Maps that brings the ability to download maps for offline use. Google had already announced these features a few weeks ago at a Maps-centric event, but it’s always nice to see promised stuff actually becoming available for us, the end-users. Starting with…

Google today announced an update for its Maps for Android app, which adds local search with its Places feature. Google Maps for Mobile 4.4 provides an easier way to find places nearby with a dedicated Places icon that lets users quickly look up nearby restaurants, bars, hotels, ATMs, and gas stations – among other things. Version 4.4 is available now in the Android Market and works on devices running Android OS 1.6 and newer.

The Google Maps team really are speeding through things at the moment with another iteration of their mapping software. The update for Android comes with a host of news features which brings the version number up from 4.0 to 4.1. In truth, the 0.1 difference does not do the new feature list justice. It includes an updated search results page, the ability to ‘swipe’ for more results (Search ‘n Swipe), a Latitude widget and also live maps wallpaper. Perhaps the most interesting of them all is the ability to Switch Google Accounts on the application software. The new search results…

After the Motorola and Google relationship that seemed to have developed when the Motorola Droid hit the market, we’re quite surprised to hear that Motorola and Microsoft are going to hit up China with Bing Search and Maps. In short, Motorola are going to provide the hardware to run Android OS. Instead of bundling with Google applications, the devices will come pre-packaged with Microsoft’s equivalent. From where we are sitting, this looks like Motorola have given the finger to Google and snuggled up with the real G man. Here is the polite statement from Motorola basically detailing this; “We believe…

It seems that DROID users are finally getting some multitouch love from Google, just as the Nexus One did earlier this week.  But unlike the Nexus One, which got new multitouch versions of the browser, gallery, and Google Maps apps as part of an over the air firmware update, DROID users get only a new multitouch version of Google Maps through the Android Market. So if you have a Motorola DROID, hop on over to the Android Market and download the new version of Google Maps (v3.4) to get the multitouch goodness you’ve been waiting for. And if you haven’t…

As part of its Thanksgiving weekend super-sale, Alk Technologies is offering its popular GPS navigation software, CoPilot Live 8, for a mere $19.99. CoPilot is an excellent navigation tool for Android 1.5 and earlier devices which lack the navigation feature found in the latest version of Google Maps. For those that do have Google Maps with navigation, CoPilot is a nice alternative for those times when you are without a cellular or WiFi signal as all the map data resides on your handset. Purchase this title through the Android Market or Alk’s website before midnight on November 30th and you…

Google have just announced an upgrade to Google Maps for Android. Not only have they fixed the bugs with latitude, but they have also added a bunch of new features. These include things like searching Google Maps with just your voice. Furthermore, you need not specify the exact address; a simple item such as “windsurfing” will do the trick. According to Google, the voice recognition software they use understands English in a number of accents, including American, British and Australian. I am very interested to see how it copes with regional accents. For example, many British regional accents are more…

Google’s software engineer team have been hard at work of late, and another post from the Google mobile blog reveals the latest addition to the Google Maps application on your Android phone. Say hello to Latitude, a social networking tool that enables you to see where your friends and family are through Google maps.  Even better news: it is part of the RC33 firmware update for the T-Mobile G1. Once you sign up for Latitude, you can see the ‘approximate location’ of those who have decided to share their location with you. You can upload a new profile picture on…

A new weather app called WeatherBug has been released by a live weather information provider known as WeatherBug (what are the odds?). Created exclusively for Android, the WeatherBug application will be a mobile version of the company’s online services. However, what makes this weather application unique is that it will integrate itself with Google Maps so that users can chose to see temperatures and radar, through the use of multiple layers. This integration with Google Maps, which has street level accurate maps, will allow users to pinpoint the exact location of weather patterns. In the event of severe weather patterns,…

T-Mobile leaked some important details this morning for its G1 Android phone.  We are learning that the new device has no Microsoft Exchange support but does claim to have 3G connectivity, a 3 megapixel shooter, HVGA (480×320 pixel) touchscreen display, built-in GPS, and an expandable microSD slot able to handle up to 8GB.  Also missing video recording and stereo Bluetooth. Of course Google applications are on board such as Gmail, Google Calendar, Google Maps, Google Talk, and a YouTube app. Stay tuned for more information as it becomes available. [via TalkAndroid]