Google Maps Gets A Complete Design Overhaul In Android And iOS

tabletsSince the announcement of the new Google Maps at Google I/O in California a few months back, a mobile version of the update has been long awaited. Well, it’s time to stop waiting: version 7 of Gooogle Maps for iOS and Android is now available. Besides creating a brand new design interface that’s universal on both platforms, Google added a new discovery feature, enhanced navigation, speed, distance measuring, the death of Latitude and introduction of Google+ Location, real-time traffic congestion, and finally, integrated Zagat scores into search results. The update also applies to tablets on both platforms.

To download, just head over to the App Store for iOS users and for Android, make sure you have at least Android 4.0.3 to update, then head on over to the Play Store.

ViaGoogle Official Blog

The Upcoming LG Optimus G2 Looks Like A Nexus 4’s Child

optimus-g2-leakWhile LG may be having a hard time with Samsung, Apple, and HTC ruling the high-end smartphone market, that doesn’t mean it’s not worth another shot. After making Google’s Nexus 4 and the speedy Optimus G Pro, it was time to combine the aesthetics of both phones, and create the Optimus G2 — which by the way, looks gorgeous. A 5.2-inch 1080p screen with almost no bezels around it, coupled with a 2.3GHz quad-core Snapdragon 800 processor and 2 gigs of RAM, and you have a smartphone that’s breaking the power laws of phone vs. laptop.

LG is planning to announce the phone next month here in NYC. Also, the volume buttons are on the back, where the camera is; never saw that before.

Via: Engadget

Meanwhile: You Can Make Free Calls In Gmail Again, To The US And Canada

video call 2In a smart move following the temporary removal of the feature, Google has brought back free voice calls to the US and Canada, along with inexpensive international rates. It took some implementation considering that Google was bringing Hangouts to the Gmail front, and with that over with, there’s only good times ahead. “Hangouts is designed to be the future of Google Voice,” with making and receiving calls at the vertex of the triangle. Users can begin making phone calls from the “call a phone” option in Google+ or from the Chrome extension.

ViaGmail Blog

AT&T Books The Tech Press For A NYC Event On July 16th

whats-nextBased on current trends with other press events for consumer technology going on in July and flooding into August, AT&T’s invite for a July 16th media event in New York City comes as no surprise, really. Along with their fast and reliable 4G LTE network come a possible announcement for LTE-Advanced or maybe even new devices. Time will tell!

Apple Has iOS 7 Beta 3 Ready For You Risky Types


Of course, for those with an Apple Developer account or activated UDID code for their device, you can begin downloading iOS 7 beta 3. The fixes, improvements, and additions are part of a mind-boggling and long list, along with new animations, placements, and even speed changes.

Check it all out (with an excellent quantity of screenshots) at the source link.

Via: 9to5Mac

Windows 8.1 Will Be Ready By “Late August” For Manufacturers

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Current developments of the Windows 8.1 operating system update are mostly just incremental: finalizations of features mentioned here and there, while readying the software for PC manufacturers so that they may begin shipping new devices with the new update.

Users who have existing Windows 8 machines will be able to receive a free upgrade of the operating system by holiday season’s beginning.

DROID Ultra Pokes Its Head Out For All To See

droid-ultra-leakedWithout a doubt, things are brewing at Google’s mobile phone division; not only Android, but their newly-acquired hardware company: Motorola. Besides the introduction of the upcoming Moto X phone, a new Droid Ultra XT1080 has surfaced on the XDA Developers forum, courtesy of user xavierk75. The proof of support for Verizon is on the hardware: it has LTE, EV-DO Rev. A and WCDMA (850/900/1900/2100) radios, in addition to NFC, Bluetooth 4.0 and WiFi 802.11ac, along with some form of Android 4.2 or newer.

ViaXDA Developers Forum