Google Maps Brings Indoor Layouts to the Desktop

The indoor floor plans that you’ve been using on Google Maps for Android to figure out where you are and what’s around you within many popular indoor locations are now available on Google Maps for your desktop! Before heading home for the holidays or out to shop on Black Friday, check out indoor maps of the airport or shopping mall on your desktop to better plan your trip.

Google is Working on Open Alternative to AirPlay

Google is again taking aim at Apple in the mobile space, setting its sites on developing an AirPlay challenger. According to a GigaOm report, the Web giant is working on an alternative to Apple's wireless feature and hopes to attract the interest of device and software vendors with the effort. A Google representative declined to comment specifically on its plans for the features and said to Stay tuned to see this feature coming to more devices and screens in the future.

Google's Maps App for iOS in Near Final Testing

According to a new report, Google is testing a pre-release version of its mapping service for Apple's iOS devices. The software is already undergoing testing beyond Google employees, it is expected to contain turn-by-turn navigation, just like its Android counterpart. That very same feature was said to be one of the main sticking points in negotiations between the two companies that led to Apple creating its own mapping software.

Google Rolls Out New Search Page Look

Google is rolling out a new search page layout that moves its navigational tools from the upper left of the page to the top of the page. Those included in the rollout so far will see a more streamlined search page. Removing the tools from the side doesn't give the results more real estate though. Curiously, some of the results don't have any advertisements displayed with them, but that may be a glitch from the testing as Google assures that the advertising placements remain the same.

Google Wallet Expands To Mobile Web

Google announced mobile support for its Google Wallet checkout service, which expanded to include micropayments for web content earlier this month. At that time, Google said it would allow online shoppers to purchase premium digital content, ideally priced under $1.00, which also included a 30-minute money-back refund. Google is expanding its service yet again to an area that makes even more sense: mobile shopping.

Google Earth 7 Brings Tour Guide Feature

Google Earth 7 for the desktop landed yesterday with features familiar to anyone who has used the mobile version recently, including new 3D imagery and a virtual tour guide designed to highlight interesting places around the world. Virtual tours are available for more than 11,000 sites around the world, including popular attractions like the Grand Canyon, Eiffel Tower, and St. Peter's Basilica.

Google to Unveil Android 4.2

The search giant is set to debut the latest version of its Android operating system, known as Android 4.2, at an event scheduled for October 29 in New York. Rather than the rumored Key Lime Pie, it will be known as Android 4.2+, or an updated version of Jelly Bean, according to a person familiar with the announcement. Google will also be showing off the first devices to run on Android 4.2, including a high-end tablet, the Nexus 10, from Samsung Electronics, and LG Electronics's first Nexus phone, the Nexus 4. Also shown off will be an updated version of the Nexus 7 tablet which debuted in July.

Google Maps Adds 25M New Building Footprints

Google has added another layer of detail to its maps for desktop and mobile. Now, besides, streets, parks, and bodies of water, users can also see even more building footprints in major cities across the U.S. The Web giant debuted this new addition yesterday by adding 25 million new building footprints to its map platform. Cities include Houston, Los Angeles, Chicago, Miami, and the San Francisco Bay Area.

Google to Hold October 29 Event

Google just sent out invites for an October 29th Android event in NYC. The festivities start at 10:00 EDT and the event will also be live streamed on YouTube, seemingly indicating this is a big announcement. The invite sheds little light on the subject matter, but that’s the date long-rumored for the launch of LG Nexus smartphone.

Google Releases Web Site Speedup Software

As part of its "make the Web fast" effort, Google has released version 1.0 of a module designed to improve the very widely used Apache software that's very widely used to host Web sites. The Apache Software Foundation's flagship project is Web server software that delivers Web pages to people's browsers when they request it. It can be extended, and Google believes its mod_pagespeed extension for Apache is ready for use.

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