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.
OpenSignal first released its WiFi Mapper app for the iOS mobile operating system back in May earlier this year. But now, the company is finally making the WiFi Mapper available on the Android platform, too.
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.
Those who find the Facebook Messenger's continuously activated location sharing function somewhat confusing to use and a bit annoying will be delighted to hear the news that the social media giant is officially removing the feature. Instead, Facebook is placing a feature that allows users to share their location one time only. With this new feature, the company is laying the groundwork for new and better location features.
According to Stan Chudnovsky, Head of Product for Facebook Messenger, the social media platform has grand plans for future GPS features, which could also serve as a launching pad for other innovative functionalities that will be incorporated in Facebook in the near future.
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.
Here, the mapping app developed by Nokia, is finally available at the Google Play Store. Earlier this year, the Here app was made available only to certain Samsung Galaxy devices. Although it was later expanded to include more Android devices not made by Samsung, the availability of the navigation software was still pretty limited.
Well, that is about to change because any handset that runs on Android 4.1 or higher can now install the mapping app directly from the Google Play Store.
Earlier this year in August, Nokia, the Finland tech company that is left after it sold its cellphone segment to Microsoft, introduced new versions of its Here mapping app, and additionally announced that the navigation app will be made available to Samsung handsets, particularly Galaxy devices powered by both Android and Tizen, as well as other Android-run devices. The app eventually arrived on Samsung Galaxy units in early October. As for the app's release date for other Android handsets, no announcement was ever made. It turns out that the release date is today. As stated in an entry posted in Nokia's Here blog, the app is already available for all supported Android smartphones starting today. Nokia stated that it is testing as many Android devices as they can, but the general requirement is that the device should have an Android 4.1 Jelly Bean operating system or higher. The company also recommended that for best results, the smartphone should have at least 1 gigabyte of random access memory, as well as a display screen size of 4 to 6 inches. It should be noted however that Nokia is yet to launch the Here app for Android on Google Play. Instead, users are advised to “side-load” the app onto their devices from Nokia's official website, or side-load it onto their devices from a personal computer. Details are found here. It does make sense for Nokia to hold off launching via Google Play for now. The app after all is still in beta testing, and it is quite understandable that Nokia wants to perfect the app before giving it a wide release.
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