Say what you want about this mobile device versus that mobile device. There are always comparisons by the dozens. But when it comes to mobile computing it really is all about Mobile Apps and what they can or can not do for you. Fortunately, many Mobile Apps are now available across the big three platforms of iOS, Android, and Windows 8.1. Some aren’t available for all platforms yet, but the gap is quickly closing. Those Mobile Apps that can be found on multiple platforms gain an advantage in my case, because I use multiple platforms. But that’s another story.
Below is a list of the Mobile Apps that I used the most in 2013. I call them the ones that made a [...]
There are long bets and there are long bets. You have to give Microsoft some credit for being stubborn when it comes to the big steps it took when it decided to change up the faces of Windows, beginning with Windows Phone and extending that to its desktop and mobile efforts. Microsoft has taken a pounding for any number of reasons along the way so far, and one of those reasons is the decided lack of quantity and quality of titles available in its App store. In either the category of “maybe he knows something we don’t” or “rallying the troops,” Microsoft’s Joe Belfiore took to Twitter yesterday to proclaim that this App Gap [...]
Following the company’s buyout of the Waze, mapping service earlier this year, users had expected that Google would bring some of the real-time mapping solutions of Waze’s application to Google Maps. That day has come, As of right now, Google Maps for Android and iOS users are able to get directions based on real-time traffic conditions.
Google detailed the new features in a blog post this morning. Unfortunately, it hasn’t rolled out the feature worldwide just yet. Only Google Maps users in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Columbia, Ecuador, France, Germany, Mexico, Panama, Peru, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and the United States will get the feature initially.
It’s possible that real-time mapping capabilities are on their way to Google Maps applications through the purchase of Waze, instead of just an in-house update to Google Maps, following today’s purchase of Waze by Google.
Apparently a maps application combined with Google’s mapping product won’t happen for some time, with Google saying in the statement announcing the purchase that Waze would continue to operate separately from the rest of the Google “for now.”
The company does say that it’s “excited about the prospect of enhancing Google Maps with some of the traffic update features provide by Waze and enhancing Waze with Google’s search abilities,” though it [...]
Despite rumors this week, Apple does not plan to buy social mapping company Waze, accoridng to reports on CNet and TechCrunch.
Yesterday rumors began to circulate that Apple wanted to buy Waze to help improve the Apple Maps app. Waze is a social mapping service that uses data collected from its estimated 30 million users to improve its free driving directions. The service can also report traffic patterns based on users driving with the Waze app open.
Waze also lets drivers alert other drivers of things they see on the road such as accidents and police cars.
The startup reportedly wanted $750 million from Apple for an acquisition, according to TechCrunch. [...]
When Apple replaced Google maps on the iPhone 5 and in iOS 6, users howled due to the incomplete search results and inaccurate turn-by-turn directions the new app shows.
We recommended that users wait before relying on Apple’s new Maps app during emergencies and even showed you how to replace it with the Google Web App version of Maps. Apple may understand the problem now that reports say they’re looking for former Google Maps engineers to help improve their app.
To keep users from pulling out their hair thanks to the Maps app weaknesses, we offer the best five alternative apps that will replace the built-in Maps app with better directions and hopefully more [...]