• Building a map for everyone

      Many of us take for granted simple things like walking through a doorway, taking the stairs to the next floor, or always having a comfortable seat at a restaurant table. But for tens of millions of people worldwide, those very things aren’t possible unless a place has a wheelchair accessible entrance, elevator or accessible seating.

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    • Now on iOS: one-tap access to real-time commute info and places around you

      Whether we like it or not, sometimes life just flies by. And in the moment, every minute counts. Just one minute can be the difference between catching the last train or walking home in the rain. Or getting to that new restaurant in time to snag the last table. Last year we updated Google Maps for Android to provide access to helpful everyday info–in real time–at the bottom of the home screen.

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    • Six ways Google can keep you up to speed in PyeongChang

      Tomorrow thousands of athletes will come together in PyeongChang to represent their countries with the world as their audience. While the athletes are getting ready for the gold, we’re getting a few of our products ready, too. Here are six ways Google is helping you stay connected to what’s happening on the ground (and on the ice) during the PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Winter Games: 1.

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  • Meet the couple that guides together

    … Local Guides come from all over the world, and they form a community of people who share their knowledge on Google Maps—everything from photos and reviews of local restaurants to accessibility information. And for one long-distance couple, the Local Guides community helped bridge the miles between Malaysia and Bangladesh. Sumaiya Zafrin…

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  • ‘Tis the season for Santa Tracker

    … to Leeds. Now Dasher! Now, Dancer! Now, Prancer and Vixen! Join in on the fun—find out what you’re missin’! On Maps! On Android, Chromecast and! There’s something for everyone, from kids to mom. So watch that sleigh as it takes to the air, And wherever you are, St. Nick will soon be there. To borrow a phrase, as Santa takes flight— "Happy holidays to all, and to all a good-night!" …

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  • Get real-time commute info and more in one tap

    … Starting today we’re rolling out an update to Google Maps on Android that provides helpful everyday info—in real time—at the bottom of your home screen. Just swipe up and you’ll see three tabs that will help you find a nearby restaurant, beat traffic, or catch the next bus. Under the places tab, you’ll see curated lists of places to eat…

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  • Thanksgiving turkey and traffic tips from Google Trends and Maps

    … your guide to a successful (and gluttonous) turkey day. Here’s a look at some of the top Thanksgiving searches on Google along with some handy holiday traffic tips and destination trends from Google Maps. For more, check out Google Trends. Getting to the feast To enjoy the Thanksgiving festivities, first you have to get where you’re going. We…

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  • Santa Tracker: ready for take-off

    … For the last 23 days the residents of the North Pole have been working day and night to help Santa Claus get ready for his big flight. And if you’ve stopped by Santa’s Village this month, you know the elves are coding, geography and dancing machines! Now the time has come to #TrackSanta on his round-the-world mission with Donner, Cupid, Comet…

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  • Getting healthy just got a little easier

    … it‘s on your mind. If spreadsheets are more your style, try one of several Google Docs templates, like this weekly meal planner. Get inspired by the pros Need a little more motivation? Why not watch fitness gurus do their thing on YouTube: you can watch Sadie Nardini and her amazing yoga classes, or Cassey Ho will get you in top shape for summer - all in the comfort of your own living room. …

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  • Chillax, it’s National Relaxation Day!

    … to check out some of the yoga positions that are just a tap away. And don’t worry, if you’re not up for the Chakrasana, Bālāsana still counts. Namaste. More of a video viewer? You’re not alone. Guided meditation videos on YouTube are on the rise, with an 84% increase in views since last year. Some popular picks include Blissful Deep Relaxation…

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  • New year, new look: ride services mode gets an update

    … Last year, we introduced a new ride services mode to Google Maps as a convenient option for people to easily get where they need to go. Since then we’ve added a number of new ride service partners in the U.S. and worldwide. Today, we’re starting to roll out an updated ride services experience to make it even easier for you to book a ride…

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  • A virtual trek through Petra with Google Cardboard

    … Last year, we launched a virtual tour of Petra and more than 30 historical sites across Jordan in Google Street View. The interactive Maps experience took visitors on an intimate journey into Jordan’s lost city of stone—and now, we’ve made this historic trek even more immersive with a 360º experience for Google Cardboard. We’ve used 360º…

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  • Now you can see your Google Calendar events in Google Maps

    … In our latest update, Google Maps teams up with Google Calendar to make it even easier to get where you need to go. Starting today, Android users worldwide will start to see their Google Calendar events on Google Maps. So whether you're heading to a family dinner or getting subway directions to a birthday party, you can now quickly and easily…

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  • Seven kinds of Local Guides you might spot on Google Maps

    … What kind are you? Satellites are famously effective for mapping, but they don’t take photos of must-have breakfast sandwiches, update hours of operation or tell families when places are wheelchair accessible. That’s Local Guides territory. Local Guides are people who share information on Google Maps to help others discover where to go…

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  • The making of "A Ride to Remember," a film about BikeAround

    … on a short film about Laila and Bengt Ivarsson. Bengt was recently diagnosed with Alzheimer’s and is testing an experimental technology that triggers memory using Google Maps. Orlando’s documentary is a powerful account of the couple and their experiences. Like many people, I’ve experienced the sadness of seeing an older relative losing their memory…

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