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Sygic acquires Fuelio, premium app now available for free

Posted by wicked July - 21 - 2015 - Tuesday Comments Off

Fuelio is one mobile navigation Android app that’s been widely used by drivers. It was recently acquired by Sygic and so the latter has made the Fuelio app, a previously premium app, now available free for all Android users. All pro features of Fuelio can now be used including all charts, stats, summaries, widgets, as well as, Google and Dropbox syncing.

This business development brings Fuelio to more drivers who want to keep logs of gas usage. The app also provides information on how much one is getting out of each gallon. And if you’re driving to a place unknown, you can identify places where you can gas up with the help of Google Maps and GPS.

From premium to free, it seems generous of Sygic to offer all PRO features. The app developer Adrian Kajda sold Fuelio to the company and is now working for Sygic. It’s the group behind the offline GPS navigation app named Sygic GPS Navigation. The company mainly focuses on Sygic Truck Navigation and Family locator, Sygic Car Navigation, Speed cameras, and be-on-road. The developer will still be the product leader and main dev of the app and he is now officially part of Sygic.

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Some of the pro features of the Fuelio app that are now available for everyone include Auto-sync with Dropbox, Auto-sync with Google Drive, Costs module, Cost stats, Shortcuts, and Cost charts showing total monthly costs, fuel vs other costs, and categories. The standard features are still available like Mileage log, Useful statistics, Multiple vehicles, Import/Export database to SD, and Charts showing Monthly costs, Fill-up costs, Fuel price, and Fuel consumption.

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VIA: Android Police

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Google adds path to send Google Maps directions from desktop to Android device

Posted by wicked July - 11 - 2015 - Saturday Comments Off

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Google seems to be working on a lot of small refinements to their apps lately to help make their use that much easier. A new update for Google Maps on the desktop works with the latest Google Maps update for Android devices to do that by easing the process of sharing directions you look up on the desktop to your Android device.

In the past, users who looked up a location on the desktop would have to do a new search for the same place when launching the Google Maps app on their device. This was not too terribly complicated as the location would appear in the recent history listing. Still, this took some extra steps to get everything loaded up and ready for navigation or providing directions.

In this latest update, users will see they have a new link in the information card that shows on desktop maps “Send to device…” Selecting this opens a small dialog box where users can select which one of their devices to use.

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On the receiving Android device, users get a notification listing the location that was sent. A couple options are available from the notification to either launch straight into navigation or view the directions. You can also tap on the location itself to pull up its information card in the Google Maps app.

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source: Android Police

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HERE app now includes reversible lanes across all platforms

Posted by wicked July - 3 - 2015 - Friday Comments Off

Navigation apps are becoming more competitive by adding features and other goodies that will one-up their competition. One of the more aggressive apps to do so is Nokia’s HERE, and this week, what they are adding are the reversible express lanes that some cities employ to help curb the rush-hour traffics in highways and expressways. They are actually the first app to do so, and they’re doing it in real time of course, providing even more helpful information for drivers and passengers as well.

It is pretty important to be able to include these reversible lanes (also known as counterflow lanes in other countries) so that drivers will be able to determine which direction the reversible lanes will be going and avoid frustrations from changing routes or choosing a different route than previously determined. Avoiding congestion and getting to your destination on time even during rush hours is one of the primary reasons people use navigation apps.

Since reversible lanes are usually switched twice a day in most of the cities, it is also important that users have access to this, especially if they are just visiting and are not familiar with the area. The cities that will have this feature are Chicago, Denver, New York, New Orleans, Minneapolis, Seattle, Fort Lauderdale, Houston, Pittsburgh, Tampa, Washington DC, and Hamburg (Germany).

The reversible lanes are already included in the latest update to the HERE app, including Android and for Amazon Fire Phone. There is also a HERE API that developers that have map apps can use. Product Manager Joe Ciprian said, “Our driving mission at HERE is to create the best maps possible. This adds another layer to make our maps that much more accurate and precise.”

SOURCE: HERE

Google Maps will let you know if a place will be closed by the time you arrive

Posted by wicked June - 16 - 2015 - Tuesday Comments Off

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Showing up somewhere late is bad and showing up somewhere that is closed is even worse. You could have saved yourself a trip having known the hours. Now, Google Maps will help prevent any of that from happening. Google Maps will alert you when a place you are plan to head to will be closed by the time of your arrival.

In addition to this, Google Maps added car rental reservations to search results of personal events.

Hit the break for the changelog and download links.

What’s New

– Receiving a warning when you are able to navigate to a place that is closed at time of arrival.
– Searching for ‘my events’ now also shows car rental reservations from your GMail, in addition to flights and hotels.
– Bug fixes

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Google Maps Now Warns You If Your Destination Will Close Before You Get There

Posted by Kellex June - 15 - 2015 - Monday Comments Off

A Google Maps update that is rolling out to all today adds a new warning that appears if you are considering navigating to a location that is closing soon. The new warning will actually tell you that you won’t make it before the place closes, hopefully saving you a wasted trip.

Another new addition, thanks to the update, adds car rental reservations you have from Gmail should you do a search for “my events.”

The update appears to be available to all, but we have the .apk below if you want to sideload it. 

What’s New

  • Receive a warning when you are about to navigate to a place that is closed at time of arrival.
  • Searching for ‘my events’ now also shows car rental reservations from your GMail, in addition to flights and hotels.
  • Bug Fixes

Play Link | Download Link (.apk)

Google Maps Now Warns You If Your Destination Will Close Before You Get There is a post from: Droid Life

HERE improves on offline maps in Africa, transit routes everywhere else

Posted by wicked June - 5 - 2015 - Friday Comments Off

Nokia’s HERE navigation maps app has been doing offline mapping since before everyone thought it was cool. And now that Google Maps is set to have offline navigation as well, expect that HERE will further improve the customer’s experience in order for people to still prefer using it more than any other maps app. The latest update brings even more improvement when it comes to mapping out areas in Africa and letting it be available offline, as well as improving on actual transit routes.

HERE is adding seven more countries in the African continent (Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Republic of Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon and the island nation of São Tomé and Príncipe) and giving them detailed navigation options and of course offline support as well. They have also improved on the mapping data in some other African countries and cities, like Cape Verde, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Guinea-Bissau, and the Seychelles.

Public transit line accuracy is also improving as now the maps will show the actual routes taken by buses, trains, etc. Unlike previously when the app will just show how the stations are linked together (even if they were color-coded as to the kind of transporation), now the new lines will show the route each of the transit options will take. Eventually, these “richer maps” will hopefully turn to HD maps, which will make it more of a target for companies looking to acquire something like HERE.

The app should also be quicker to update now. And if you’re an enterprise subscriber, you’ll be able to see more embedded data like road weight limits and height restrictions for trucking companies to know. If you haven’t yet, you can download HERE from the Google Play Store for free.

VIA: SlashGear

Google Maps improves real-time transit info, adds more cities, countries

Posted by wicked June - 3 - 2015 - Wednesday Comments Off

It used to be that map and navigation apps cater mostly to people who have cars or are driving or being driven around unfamiliar areas. But developers have been realizing that a lot of the people who need these kinds of services are commuters or people taking public transportation. Google Maps has been giving public transit information since 2007, but now they have vastly improved the service by giving you real-time transit conditions and adding more countries and cities covered.

When you look at your Google Maps app starting today, the information for your relevant “journeys” are now arranged and summarized. It also gives you suggestions as to what is the fastest kind of public transport to take when going to a specific place, or other suggestions if you’ve missed that bus schedule. It gives you live information like the arrival and departure of buses, trains, etc and even cancelled routes due to accidents or roadwork.

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Google Maps has also added two more countries and four metro areas to their database so if you live or are visiting the UK, Netherlands, Budapest, Chicago, San Francisco, and Seattle, you will also now be able to enjoy real-time transit info as well. Knowing Google, they will probably be adding more cities and countries later on to help both drivers and commuters navigate their way around the world.

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Google now covers more than 18,000 cities and towns in 70 countries and 6 continents through the help of more than 6,000 transit authorities covering more than 2.5 million trains, buses, ferry terminals, etc. However, they are still working on Antarctica. They’re kidding. Maybe.

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SOURCE: Google

Google Maps getting offline search and navigation

Posted by wicked May - 28 - 2015 - Thursday Comments Off

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There are still downfalls when it comes to using your phone for navigation. The world is not blanketed with one giant internet connection. Some parts of the world have no access to an internet connection whatsoever. Also, navigating with a phone is heavy on data and battery life. At Google I/O 2015, an update to Maps debuted that combats those downfalls.

Google Maps will support location cards for recent searches and voice-guided turn-by-turn navigation even when an internet connection is not present or a device is in airplane mode. Google wants people in developing countries to use the features in order to learn about their environment in an efficient way.

The new offline features are expected to arrive later this year.

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NailO prototype Bluetooth thumbnail trackpad

Posted by Tom April - 20 - 2015 - Monday Comments Off

While there’s no plans to make the NailO commercially available at the moment, it’s still a pretty cool new way of interacting with regular touchscreen displays.

The NailO is a thumbnail sized Bluetooth trackpad developed by researchers at MIT Media Laboratory and can be used for easy scrolling.

The tiny prototype features a microcontroller, Bluetooth radio and antenna, a battery and a capacitive touch sensor.

There are a number of practical uses for this tech but it may have come a little late now smart watches are looking likely that they could provide a similar function. However, if this does make it out and at a nice price, it could be a nice solution for clean screens and distance navigation.

Via liliputing

AutoMate app on beta, brings Android Auto-like UI in app form

Posted by wicked April - 7 - 2015 - Tuesday Comments Off

If you’ve followed our reports on Android Auto, you will understand that Google’s efforts towards reaching your car’s dash control is only available in head units at this time – and some very expensive ones to boot. AutoMate may just be the answer to that – it provides a sort of control hub for you while driving your car, but it’s still in beta release at this point.

App developer Kahtaf Alam has made AutoMate available via the Google Play Store, but only for those who want to do beta testing. The app delivers an Android Auto-like experience – bringing messaging, call, navigation and music capabilities together so you can access it while driving.

When you test out the app, it looks very much like Android Auto – that is intentional. AutoMate wants to capture a piece of that experience in app format. The features are still rough, you would expect that in a beta release. But basically, it does everything Android Auto can do – it can read back your text messages (via Google’s text-to-speech), navigate via Google Maps and other navigation apps, play music, and make calls.

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If you want to test this out, there is a dedicated Google+ group (see source link) that you can join, and ask how to be part of the beta test. The developers have been very open in their need for quality user feedback, so maybe you can help.

SOURCE: +KahtafAlam