Google Maps v9.75 beta rolls out with notifications for transit maps, hints of bicycle sharing integration, and mystery LG “perks” [APK Teardown]

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Late last night, the latest version of Google Maps began rolling out through the beta channel. For many people, this will likely bring new notifications with convenient shortcuts to local area transit maps. There are also signs that Google is adding integration with bicycle sharing services, a vague hint of new activity around speed limits, and possibly some new perks for Local Guides.

What’s New

Unofficial Changelog: (the stuff we found)

  • Transit maps in notifications
  • Nearby traffic notification toggle

Transit maps in notifications (for India?)

Google Maps has been making huge leaps at improving mass transit features over the last couple of years with new and improved features like step-by-step navigation through stops and updated train schedules.

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BlackBerry sues Snapchat over patented Messaging, Snap Maps and more

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After suing Facebook, BlackBerry is now after Snapchat creator Snap Inc. over patented Messaging, Snap Maps and more. BlackBerry Chief Executive Officer John Chen has been working to find additional sources of revenue as investors express concern over company’s growth.  As the growth of the company is tanking, the company is hunting through its library of wireless tech and messaging patents to find opportunities for more licensing deals, and lawsuits. The company is now after Snapchat and is accusing of infringing six patents issued in 2012 and 2014. Two among these are also among the suite that BlackBerry filed against Facebook in March. BlackBerry patent rights include map improvement for mobile devices, user interface improvements for mobile devices, modern mobile advertising techniques. Snapchat declined to comment on the issue A BlackBerry spokesperson in a statement said: BlackBerry has a well-earned reputation for protecting and securing our customers’ data and privacy. For more than a year we have been working to establish a dialogue with Snap as we believe there are far more opportunities for partnership than disagreement. While we continue to hold this door open, we also have a strong claim that Snap infringed on our intellectual property, harmed our shareholders, and we have an …
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Google Maps doubles points for Local Guides reviews

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The number of points awarded to Google Maps Local Guides for submitting reviews is doubling from five to 10, Google announced in a blog post today. Google says the change is rolling out “over a few weeks.”

This is the latest development in an ongoing campaign to increase user-submitted content. Back in October, the Local Guides program added badges for different types of contributions, and Maps increased the amount of points awarded for “detailed reviews”—those longer than 200 characters—from the base five up to 10 in November.

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Apple Maps gains statewide transit coverage in Arkansas, Ohio, Maryland & West Virginia

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Apple’s continuing expansion of public transit directions in Maps has brought coverage to most urban areas in Arkansas, Ohio, Maryland, and West Virginia — though the company still has much work to do to catch up with Google.
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Google Maps testing slightly-rounded navigation UI

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The design language in Google’s apps is constantly evolving, and lately the company has started to introduce more rounded elements in popular apps, like Chrome for Android and mobile web search. The next app to be round-ified might be Maps, as some users are seeing a slightly-tweaked interface during navigation.

 

Left: Current UI; Right: New rounded UI

The new look adds circles around the close, directions, and voice buttons.

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New Google Maps mini-game makes finding Waldo easier than ever

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Starting today you can use Google Maps on Android, iOS, and desktop to assist you in finding everyone’s favorite hide-and-seek champion, Waldo. To start the search, you’ll need to update the mobile app (or visit Google Maps on the web) and press play when presented with a waving Waldo. For Android users, you can also ask Google Assistant “Where’s Waldo” to start. Once spotted, you’ll be transported to various locations around the globe where you can win badges and level up throughout the journey. Aside from Waldo, there’s Wenda, Wizard, Whitebeard, Odlaw, and Woof, the dog. When you spot Waldo,…

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Google Maps is adding a Where’s Waldo? mini-game for the next week

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Starting today and continuing on for the next week, Google is bringing Where’s Waldo? to Google Maps. On Android, iOS, and the desktop, you’ll see Waldo pop up in his signature red and white stripes and give you a friendly wave. From there, just tap or click on him and you’ll see the option to play a game that’s straight out of the classic children’s puzzle books. This is one of Google’s annual April Fools’ Day jokes, but the Maps integration is actually happening.

Aside from Waldo himself, you’ll also be on the lookout for his friends Wenda, Woof, Wizard Whitebeard, and also the villainous Odlaw. (If you’re like me, those faces probably won’t be quite as familiar to you when you start playing.)

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The Great Snapchat Egg Hunt will have you exploring Snap Maps

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Snapchat is hosting a virtual egg hunt that will still give you a workout. Starting today, you'll find decorated eggs hidden in your local neighborhood's Snap Map, which usually displays public Stories in your area, if you're in the US and Canada. Yo…
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Google Maps gains support for 39 more languages

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Google Maps is one of the most popular mobile apps around, helping more than 1 billion people find their way. And now it’s available in even more languages.

Google today confirmed that Google Maps is supports 39 new languages that are spoken by an estimated 1.25 billion people around the globe. Those new languages include Albanian, Hebrew, Icelandic, Mongolian, and Turkish.

The full list of Google Maps’ 39 new languages looks like this:

Afrikaans, Albanian, Amharic, Armenian, Azerbaijani, Bosnian, Burmese, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Estonian, Filipino, Finnish, Georgian, Hebrew, Icelandic, Indonesian, Kazakh, Khmer, Kyrgyz, Lao, Latvian, Lithuanian, Macedonian, Malay, Mongolian, Norwegian, Persian, Romanian, Serbian, Slovak, Slovenian, Swahili, Swedish, Turkish, Ukrainian, Uzbek, Vietnamese, and Zulu

It’s always good to see apps and services made available to more people, especially when it’s something as useful as Google Maps. Support for these 39 new languages is going live in Google Maps today.

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Google Maps updated with support for 39 new languages

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Google has added support for dozens of new languages to its Maps service. A total of 39 new languages have made it to the list, that Google says are spoken by an estimated 1.25 billion people worldwide. The new entries include Afrikaans, Albanian, Amharic, Armenian, Azerbaijani, Bosnian, Burmese, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Estonian, Filipino, Finnish, Georgian, Hebrew, Icelandic, Indonesian, Kazakh, Khmer, Kyrgyz, and Lao. Others in the list include Latvian, Lithuanian, Macedonian, Malay, Mongolian, Norwegian, Persian, Romanian, Serbian, Slovak, Slovenian, Swahili, Swedish,…

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