Google Maps now features public transit schedules for more than 500 cities and one million transit stops worldwide. To make all of this information more accessible to its users on the go, Google today launched an update to Google Maps for Android. The Google Maps app now, for example, allows users to choose which specific mode of transportation (train, bus, tram or subway) they want to see on their maps.
As the lines between Google and Google+ grow blurrier, so do privacy norms. Today we’re posed with whether we want our location made abundantly clear to anyone we share G+ posts with. Now when you post to G+ from mobile and you enable automatic location sharing or geo-tag yourself at a local spot, a big Google Map of your exact location is shown in the G+ stream on the web.
The combination of exact geo-tagging and these maps give Google+ much more aggressive location sharing than Facebook or Twitter. It certainly enriches the feed, but injecting maps into G+ requires us to be more conscious of what we expose.
Google has added live traffic information to more than 130 U.S. cities and the capitals of Colombia, Costa Rica, and Panama.
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