|A few weeks ago Google launched Google Maps Navigation (Beta) as a free feature of Google Maps on Android 2.0 devices. Today Google is expanding availability of Google Maps Navigation to devices running Android 1.6 (Donut) and higher, such as the T-Mobile myTouch 3G and the G1.|
According to Google, "Google Maps Navigation is an internet-connected GPS system with voice guidance and automatic rerouting, all running on your mobile phone. Using Google services over your phone's data connection brings important benefits to GPS navigation users, like using Google search (typed or spoken) to enter your destination; fresh map, business, and traffic data; and satellite and Street View imagery along your route.
This release also includes the new Layers feature, which lets you overlay geographical information on the map. View My Maps, transit lines, Wikipedia articles about places, and more.
So if you're traveling this Thanksgiving, you'll be able to enjoy the benefits of an internet connection, whether it's free Wi-Fi at the airport or Google Maps Navigation in your car.
| Google has announced a brand new Google News offering for iPhone, Android, and Palm Pre users. Google currently offers a mobile-optimized version of Google News for other phones, such as Blackberry, Windows Mobile, and S60, and more improvements will be coming to those in the near future.|
This new version provides the same personalization and richness on your phone as Google News provides on desktop. Google's new homepage displays more stories, sources, and images while keeping a familiar look and feel. Also, you can now reach your favorite sections, discover new ones, find articles and play videos in fewer clicks. If you are an existing Google News reader on desktop, you will find that all of your personalizations are honored in this mobile version too.
|Google today announced version 2.0 of Google Earth for the iPhone. Google Earth is one of the most popular free applications in the App Store. New features include the ability to view maps that you create on your desktop computer from your iPhone, explore the app in new languages, and improved icon selection and performance.|
Now you can view a custom map with Google Earth on your iPhone. When you log into your Google Maps account, you can view the same maps that you or others have created, using the My Maps interface.
With Google Earth 2.0, now you can browse the world from the palm of your hand by viewing photos, Wikipedia articles, and place information to discover new parts of the globe. When you touch an icon, a small glow appears under your finger to let you know which icon you have picked.
| Google announced today that they acquired Gizmo5, a company that provides Internet-based calling software for mobile phones and computers. Gizmo5's engineers will be joining the Google Voice team to continue improving the Google Voice and Gizmo5 experience. Current Gizmo5 users will still be able to use the service; however, Google will be suspending new signups until further notice. Existing users will no longer be able to sign up for a call-in number.|
Terms of the deal were not disclosed, however it’s been reported that Google purchased Gizmo5 for $30 million. Gizmo5 previously raised $6 million in a round of funding 3 years ago. In the past 4 months Google has acquired 4 companies which include On2, reCaptch, adMob and now Gizmo.
| Google has added Location History for Latitude allowing you (but not your friends) to see where you've been at any point in time. Additionally, now you can be notified, via Location Alerts, when you're near your Latitude friends so you can easily meet up or grab lunch. |
Google Location History: Google Location History will store, view, and manage your past Latitude locations. You can visualize your history on Google Maps and Earth or play back a recent trip in order. You can always delete selected history or your entire location history at any time.
Google Location Alerts (beta): Using your past location history, Location Alerts can recognize your regular, routine locations and not create alerts when you're at places like home or work.
| Google Inc. announced that it is working with airports across the country as well as Boingo Wireless, Advanced Wireless Group, Airport Marketing Income and others to provide free Wi-Fi as a holiday gift now through January 15, 2010. The gift currently includes 47 airports, including Las Vegas, San Jose, Boston, Baltimore, Burbank, Houston, Indianapolis, Seattle, Miami, Ft. Lauderdale, Orlando, St. Louis and Charlotte. Additionally, as a result of this project, Burbank and Seattle airports will begin offering airport-wide free Wi-Fi indefinitely.|
Google is also offering free Wi-Fi on every Virgin America flight through January 15, 2010. The upcoming Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's holiday is one of the heaviest travel seasons of the year, and according to FAA estimates, over 100 million people will pass through the participating airports between now and January 15, 2010. Due to bad weather and other extenuating circumstances, travelers often have extra time on their hands in the airport after they pass through security - 70 minutes, on average.
|Google Inc. today announced that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire AdMob, a mobile display ad technology provider, for $750 million in stock. This acquisition will enhance Google's existing expertise and technology in mobile advertising, while also giving advertisers and publishers more choice in this growing new area.|
The deal will help Google in its efforts to develop more effective tools for creating, serving and analyzing emerging mobile ads formats. As this ecosystem continues to grow, the company expects these new marketing media to offer significant benefits:
- Advertisers will be better able to engage mobile users with AdMob's ad formats
- Publishers and developers will be able to monetize their content more effectively, which has benefits for the wider mobile ecosystem
- Users will see more relevant ads and ultimately get access to more ad-supported content and applications - improving their mobile experience