It could be considered the coolest thing in the world, or just downright creepy. Apparently, Apple Maps now has the ability to monitor what iOS mobile users are copying and/or pasting in their iPhone or iPad devices, as revealed in a prerelease beta version of the tech giant’s iOS 10 mobile operating system. When completing a task as simple as copying a street address for instance, Apple Maps detects that activity and then its new mobile app widget will provide directions to that particular address. It even works while iOS mobile users are copying location related information in Google Maps, allowing people to share directions to a contact by way of email or text message.
Google has launched a new feature that lets Android mobile users create $35 custom cases for Nexus devices such as the Nexus 5x (built by LG), the Nexus 6 (built by Motorola), and the Nexus 6P. People get to pick between a couple of options for the Live Cases.
Apple is hitting the road in order to start capturing images for its Apple Maps. As confirmed in its Apple Maps Vehicles website, the company is indeed driving vehicles around the world in order to gather data by taking pictures and collecting other visual information. Apple further stated that the data it compiled will be used to make improvements on its Apple Maps.
Others may view this as a move by Apple to create a competitor to Google's Street View service. Although Apple has not stated explicitly that it is trying to contend with its biggest rival's service, it is difficult to argue otherwise.
During the last few few months, Google has been busy updating its Google Maps apps for both Android and iOS platforms. Just recently, the company rolled out another batch of updates for the iOS version of its hugely popular navigation software. This time around, Google has incorporate four new features that should prove helpful for iOS users.
First off, version 4.4.0 of the Google Maps app for iOS now comes with a Tap The Mic feature, which helps users get directions faster and easier. Google Maps has one of the most extensive mapping database of any navigation software existing today. But when it comes to actually getting directions, Google Maps still has some room for improvement.
Just as the newest version of the Android mobile operating system, Android 5.0 Lollipop, is being rolled out to Android devices everywhere, Google is releasing a new and improved version of Google Maps, not only for Android, but also for iOS as well. This time, the tech giant is aligning its Google Maps enhancements with Lollipop's Material Design. For those not in the know, Material Design is the sum of all improvements the Android team has done to the mobile operating system's look and design, incorporating it with a more organized layout, animations, and an enhanced overall user experience. The new version of Google Maps promises more of the same. Thus, users will find out soon for themselves how much sharper, neater, and more colorful the updated Google Maps is. Of course, Google is quick to note that there will be no major changes to functionality.
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