Add a Widget Shortcut on Android to Get Home With Just One Tap

If you’re a Google Maps user on Android you can set up customized 1x1 widgets on the home screen that will give you directions straight home from wherever you happen to be. The setup process also gives us an excuse to check out the new Maps app interface Google has rolled out over the last couple of days, so let’s… »9/02/15 12:35pm9/02/15 12:35pm

Leave Reviews on Google Maps for Better Advice on Where to Go Next

The last time you visited a restaurant, hotel, bar or kids’ fun park, did you bother to leave a review on Google Maps? Doing so is about more than just giving other visitors an idea of what to expect—it also lets Google give you more customized recommendations of where to visit next. »8/06/15 11:13am8/06/15 11:13am

Create Custom Names For Your Favorite Places on Google Maps

The most recent version of Google Maps for Android lets you retrace your steps with a new timeline feature, but there’s more to explore when you dig deeper, like creating custom names for places on your maps. You can label your friends’ houses, use local nicknames rather than official labels, and so on. »7/24/15 10:23am7/24/15 10:23am

Google Maps Can Now Send Directions From Your Desktop to Android

Android: A while back, Google added the ability to type “send directions” into Google to automatically forward directions to your phone. Then it added the much more useful ability to send directions from Google Maps to your iPhone. Now, the latter feature finally works for Android phones as well. »7/12/15 2:40pm7/12/15 2:40pm

LA Residents Try to Hide Hollywood Sign From Tourists, Except on Airbnb

Last year, a group of homeowners who live in the Hollywood Hills had directions to the Hollywood Sign changed on Google Maps to keep tourists away from their streets. All the tourists, that is, except for the ones who rent their properties on Airbnb. They want those tourists to know exactly where the Hollywood Sign is. »7/09/15 10:00am7/09/15 10:00am