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6/30/2015
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10 Essential Google Apps For iPhone Users

Just because you're an Apple aficionado doesn't mean you can't load up your iPhone with Google apps. Here are 10 of the best.
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Google Maps
Still the king of mapping apps, Google Maps boasts live traffic conditions, incident reports, and automatic rerouting to find the best route, detailed information on more than 100 million places, and Street View and indoor imagery for restaurants, museums, and more. The app also boasts voice-guided GPS navigation for driving, biking, and walking.

Google Maps

Still the king of mapping apps, Google Maps boasts live traffic conditions, incident reports, and automatic rerouting to find the best route, detailed information on more than 100 million places, and Street View and indoor imagery for restaurants, museums, and more. The app also boasts voice-guided GPS navigation for driving, biking, and walking.

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progman2000
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6/30/2015 | 7:32:37 AM
Nothing holds a candle to Google Maps
I only wish the Nav in my car was powered by Google Maps, it's never anywhere as close as accurate as my phone is...
nasimson
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6/30/2015 | 9:59:32 AM
Re: Nothing holds a candle to Google Maps
@progman:

I am a little suprised by your statement. Usually the in-car NAVs are as good if not better than Google Maps.

Which one are you using?
progman2000
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6/30/2015 | 10:05:30 AM
Re: Nothing holds a candle to Google Maps
@nasimson, granted, I am driving a 2011 Acura and I've never paid for a map update because frankly, why would you with a live map in your pocket? Even with current maps though, I have trouble believing my car Nav would be better than a google device with access to real time data.

I'm assuming new cars have subscription services that feed real time data to the Nav devices. Does anyone know if any car manufacturer has their Nav integrated with Google though?
mejiac
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6/30/2015 | 2:22:15 PM
Re: Nothing holds a candle to Google Maps
@progman2000,

I think car manufacturers are trying to bridge the gap between smarphone and there in dash apps.... but this seems to be a hit and miss.

Smartphones just require over the air updates, which just having access to WiFi is sufficient. With Cars, it's a different story, since you would either need to be in a WiFi zone and have the car link up, or the car would need to have it's own celular service (which entails charges of some sort), and I think this is where they might run into issues with consumers... unless it tethers to an existing smartphone with data plan.

This is why I think the best approach is simply have the car be an extension of an existing smarphone/tablet (whether it be Android of iOS).
yalanand
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6/30/2015 | 3:20:08 PM
Re: Nothing holds a candle to Google Maps
Or you can create a WiFi zone in your car for using the navigation systems the best possible way.
mejiac
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6/30/2015 | 3:24:16 PM
Re: Nothing holds a candle to Google Maps
@yalanand,

But in order to create a wifi zone you need a signal, and that would come either from your phone or your car having a celular signal enabled (either option involves carrier charges)
mejiac
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6/30/2015 | 2:23:45 PM
Re: Nothing holds a candle to Google Maps
@program2000,

I would be interesting to see if Navigation Systems that are not based on existing smartphone platforms (Google, Apple) to start leverging them to get updates.

I mean, I just have my phone speak the directions via the car's bluetooth and I just mount my phone on the dash.
yalanand
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6/30/2015 | 3:18:33 PM
Re: Nothing holds a candle to Google Maps
Here maps is in a way better than Google maps when it comes to drivability. It's much too accurate.
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6/30/2015 | 11:02:23 AM
Google Translate is a life saver!
Recently I bought a Japanese room heater. It had some seven buttons on its face. Below the buttons there was text. In Japanese of course. The Google translate came handy. All I had to run the app and take the photos.

Otherwise fiddling with the buttons, I would have spent a long time figuring out what each one meant!
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mejiac,
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6/30/2015 | 2:18:25 PM
Re: Google Translate is a life saver!
@nasimson,

Thanks for the feedback regarding Google Transalate....wasn't aware of this feature...will test out.

 

Thanks
yalanand
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6/30/2015 | 3:22:06 PM
Re: Google Translate is a life saver!
Google translate and navigation systems I don't trust at all. Time and again it has landed me in trouble. I have offended the natives, gone 200 metres off into another building etc. It had been a disaster.
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6/30/2015 | 4:01:24 PM
Re: Google Translate is a life saver!
Surely a life saver. While I was trying to understand a code written by Japanese programmer, the comments were also written in Japanese. Google Translator helped me finding the exact coding block I was looking for.
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7/1/2015 | 5:23:58 PM
Re: Google Translate is a life saver!
The camera thing is a nice feature of Translate. I didn't know about that. So, I went to Google Play to get it, and surprise, I already have it. Who knew?

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6/30/2015 | 4:06:19 PM
Helpful
These apps are much of a need. No matter how much die heart Apple fan you are, you are using one of these apps daily. Presence of Google apps on Apple app store invites Apple to bring something of equal standing so that people look forward for apps created by Apple too.
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7/3/2015 | 10:43:57 AM
Re: Helpful
I think this is healthy competition and the consumer will benefit from it. I am an Apple fun but I do not insist to have only Apple Apps installed on my phone. As long as the App is good and useful for me, I will take it.
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7/6/2015 | 10:52:32 PM
Re: Helpful
I think google has the best apps for productivity. I used them all the time, specially Google maps.  i agree, if the apps allows me to be more productive and helps me with my daily task, I'm all for it.  I think apple is more known for their devices than for developing apps.
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