For all those that have not been thrilled with Apple’s new maps, you can rejoice that Google Maps is now available again. Download the all new version complete with voice turn-by-turn directions. Best of all it’s FREE.
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Google maps has finally caught on. User want faster loading maps with more basic yet vibrant colors! Google newest app currently available online (coming soon to the widest used video can console) it brilliant even down to street view. Watch the promo video, and preorder your today.
Google Maps is now available for 8-bit Nintendo Entertainment Systems (NES). Availability in Google Store is TBD but you can try it on your browser by going to http://maps.google.com and clicking “Quest” in the upper right hand corner of the map.
What do you think?
Gmail introduced its new Gmail for Mobile web app for Andriod, iPhone, and iPod touch. They have tweaked the interface to allow for easier searching and basic archive, delete, etc. functions, but the most interesting update is that the app allows for offline reading of recently read messages using Gears for Andriod and SQLite for iPhone (according to Engadget). It was an allover great experience for me when I tried it out, and as earned a home screen icon on my iPhone. Check out their video (and TUAW’s review)for a demo and more information:
During lunch, a buddy and I stopped into the T-mobile store so he could get something fixed on his account, and low and behold they had the G1 in stock and demo units on the floor. I had to take a peak and see if android could live up to all fuss, and if it was indeed an iPhone killer. This is by no means a comprehensive review, but just my first impressions after 3 minutes with it in the store.
- Look and feel – much better than I thought. Most of the pictures I had seen did not do it justice. It had a nice weight, and didn’t feel cheap like a lot of the plastic windows mobile phones do.
- Screen – Was bright and clear. Touch screen worked well, although I missed the multi-touch like the iPhone, still it was responsive.
- Keyboard – One of the big selling features of this phone over the iPhone has been that it has a full keyboard, however I didn’t find the keyboard all that much better than the iPhone. The keys were all flat, and I didn’t think that were tactile enough for quick typing. Also the lip where the home buttons are was in the way, I couldn’t hold in a comfortable spot for typing.
- OS – A great first impression for Android. It was snappy and the browser seemed good. I would have like a little more visual elements, but I’m sure people will be coming out with skins for it now that it’s available. It lacks exchange support which would be a deal breaker for me, but I’m sure a developer will be coming out with a solution for that shortly.
Overall it seems like a great v 1.0. Since it’s an open platform, I’m anxious to see what people do with it. If you are on t-mobile and need a smartphone, it definitely deserves a looksy.
If you’re like me you’re always on the look our for a shiny new toy. Well today Google is releasing it’s own web browser, named Chrome (how’s that for shiny?). It’s based on webkit, the same technology under the hood of Safari. They’ve released a comic book to describe it.
The PC version is suppose to release today, with the Mac and Linux version coming soon.
Project home. (as I write this, it’s not live yet.)