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Using Lists is easy, as the Google video above explains. Just search for a spot in the Maps app ― a restaurant, bar, landmark, you name it ― and click “save” to add it to one of your lists. You can also share your lists with friends. Google Maps turned 10 this week and the best way to celebrate is to bring you a new, improved Maps view in Awesome Table! A new Google Maps view Until now, the Maps view was delivered through the Google visualization API, and not the Google Maps API itself. 20 Awesome Images Found In Google Maps The introduction of satellite images into map search interfaces has excited both virtual sightseers and local app developers. Further innovations like. Google Maps lets you save the home or work addresses, or of the locations that you frequent. This not only helps in getting directions faster but also in getting a rough idea of the traffic scene.

Here are some of the best extensions you can add to your browser to make Google Maps that much more awesome. Google Maps is easily one of the most popular and powerful mapping tools on the internet.

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Google Maps turned 10 this week and the best way to celebrate is to bring you a new, improved Maps view in Awesome Table!

A new Google Maps view

Until now, the Maps view was delivered through the Google visualization API, and not the Google Maps API itself. Google Viz team made a good job in providing a simple way to display simple maps. But we soon realized that to harness the true power of Google Maps, we needed more than that.

So we played with the Maps API, added a bit of live geocoding, even use extra libraries to do some clustering, mixing everything with the powerful filters available in Awesome Table and you can now enjoy a new, prettier and more powerful Maps view:

Highlighted features

  • no marker number limit (previously you weren't able to display more than 400 markers)
  • marker clustering
  • management of markers on the exact same spot
  • zoom with mouse wheel


As before, data values can be coordinates (lat-long pairs) or addresses:
  • Latitude / longitude coordinates
    The two columns are designated by the labels : MapsLat, MapsLong
    Quick and safe, you should prefer this configuration.
  • Postal addresses
    The column containing the addresses must be labeled : MapsAddress
    This setting imply the live geo-coding of all addresses fed to Awesome Table. It is much slower than using lat/long pair, and the addresses will not always give a match and will not be displayed on the map.
To add a tool-tip displaying useful informations above the markers, use the label : MapsTooltip on the right column.
Below you can see the header of a spreadsheet using Lat/long coordinates (columns H and I) and a tool-tip (column K) with a template. The keyword Hidden is added on each of these column because this spreadsheet is the source for the below demonstration of the dual table/map view and we don't want to display the coordinates in the table !

Dual view : Table + Maps

This new map view comes with the possibility to display both a table view and a map view, linked to the same filters. Very useful if you have a lot of info to display!

And a few more updates...

You may have noticed, the configuration view underwent some changes.
  • A new Open the Spreadsheet button in the Sheet tab was added.
  • There is now a third column in the View tab, to reorder the elements displayed (filters, chart,...).
    When you choose to display both a map and a table, you can also reorder the two of them and the filters like you want.

  • The Region setting, used for the Geochart Maps view has a drop-down helper to select the region displayed.
© Provided by BGR Google Maps Features
  • Google just announced a few significant upgrades for the Live View AR mode available in Google Maps.
  • Live View will show landmarks in supported cities to allow users to understand better where they are on the map and support more accurate pin locations.
  • Live View will also show up in transit navigation and significantly improve the trip parts that involve walking.

Google unveiled a neat Google Maps feature a year ago that seemed more like a battery-consuming marketing gimmick. Called Live View, the augmented reality (AR) feature would only work on the app’s mobile version, allowing users to get a better sense of their surroundings. But Google hasn’t stopped developing the feature, and the latest updates make it better and more exciting than ever.

Live View is the kind of exciting feature that could thrive on the advanced AR glasses we expect to see in the coming years, and Google certainly prepares for a future where Google Maps navigation would lean on AR.

Google announced several Live View improvements that will be available on Android and iPhone soon. The app will now let you use landmarks to orient yourself on the map.

When searching for a place on Google Maps, you’ll be able to tap on the Live View button to see your destination in the real world. Landmarks will be visible on the map, and Live View will tell you how far you are from them. The feature will include iconic places, Google explains. The Empire State Building in New York is one example, and the feature will be supported in 25 cities initially.

But the most useful Live View feature concerns a different experience that many people who are using public transport to get around might be familiar with. Google Maps supports multi-modal navigation, which means you can combine all sorts of transportation types, including walking for certain parts of the journey.

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Now, when using transit directions, you’ll have Live View readily available to show you which way you’re supposed to go after exiting a transit station. This will be incredibly useful, as seen in the image above. Just pan around the camera until you find the AR elements that will guide you to the next step of the journey.

Furthermore, Live View will now be supported in Location Sharing mode, which could be very useful during the pandemic for meeting outdoors. The feature will show you the location of the friend you’re supposed to meet and make it easier to find each other.

Finally, Live View will now show more accurate locations as Google improved the pin location. Technologies including machine learning and a better “understanding of the world’s topography” allows Google to take the elevation of a place into account to display the destination pin accurately on the map in Live View.

Live View will show up in the transit tab and Location Sharing on Android and iPhone in the coming weeks. The more accurate pin feature will also be available at that time. The Landmarks feature will roll out “soon” in these cities: Amsterdam, Bangkok, Barcelona, Berlin, Budapest, Dubai, Florence, Istanbul, Kuala Lumpur, Kyoto, London, Los Angeles, Madrid, Milan, Munich, New York, Osaka, Paris, Prague, Rome, San Francisco, Sydney, Tokyo, and Vienna.

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