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Background Only Android devices that are licensed by the Open Handset Alliance contain the so called Google Apps. Usually people associate apps like Google Maps, Google Play Store, etc. with Android, but because of the open-source nature of Android, manufactures can sell Android devices without Google Apps and therefore avoid to pay the license fee. Custom ...


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It turns out that just because you can see and use a map online, that doesn't mean that Google will allow you to make the area available offline. Offline maps are only currently available for certain countries, and Brazil isn't currently one of them, in fact it seems to be a fairly odd selection. Google have published the full list of countries that it's ...


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Google and others like Apple and Skyhook build a Database which links WLAN BSSIDs to a geographic location. A BSSID is like the MAC Address of a access point that gets broadcast by that access point. It is therefore "publicly viewable" if the BSSID broadcast is enabled, which is the default for most access points. The BSSID operates on a lower layer than the ...


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From Google's Location Source and Accuracy page: Data sources The following location data sources may be used to derive location: GPS: GPS accuracy can be up to several meters depending on your GPS signal and connection. Your phone must support GPS, have it enabled, and allow Google Maps access to it. WiFi: WiFi (wireless network) ...


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First, I suggest you stop using your task killers. They are draining your battery more than saving it. The System is restarting the services when they need to run which is causing battery usage. Second, you are under the assumption that freeing up memory is a good thing. It is not. Freeing up memory is not going to decrease battery usage. What you really ...


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Update May 3rd, 2015: My previous answer was for a much outdated platform (latitude doesn't even exist anymore as far as I can tell). Here are some steps for current Google Maps. Open the Maps application. Navigate to Settings. There should be an option to Edit home or work address. Previous answer below for historic purposes... I finally figured out how ...


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Have you thought about un-installing and re-installing Maps as a possible solution? First, get rid of the pre-loaded Maps by deleting the /system/app/Maps.apk file: su rm /system/app/Maps.apk Once a system app is updated, it's useless in the /system/app folder and can be safely deleted. Then copy the current Maps version to your SD Card: cp /data/app/...


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Open Google Maps and search for the area you want to cache (or just zoom in on it). Tap the search bar. Type "Okay Maps" (some people report success with just "OK Maps") in the search bar. Tap the search icon You'll be dropped back at the maps view, and you'll see a notification that the area was copied to your clipboard or otherwise cached. Now, even ...


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Open Maps Open the left panel (swipe left -> right) Click on 'Settings' Click on 'Notifications' Click on 'Your contributions' Toggle the 'Questions about places' setting (and/or any others) The options i have available can be seen in this screenshot: Click image for larger version


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That's most likely not a GPS position, but rather a WiFi hotspot. Google's location service makes use of different identifiers: GPS WiFi hotspots Cell towers While GPS should be quite accurate (bad conditions might give lower accuracy, but usually shouldn't place you too far off), and cell towers usually are not moving -- WiFi hotspots may exactly do that. ...


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The latest Google Maps app has the navigation function in-built. The navigation "app" was always integrated into Maps. The blue icon was just a separate entry point into that maps. If you select a destination, look at the bottom of the screen where it says navigate and you will recognize what comes up next.


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Unfortunately it's not possible. Straight from the horse's mouth: Offline areas that you downloaded on your phone or tablet need to be updated at least every 30 days. If your offline area expires in 15 days or less, Google Maps will try to update your area when you're connected to the Internet and plugged into a charger. (from Google Maps ...


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Places is part of Google Maps (and was introduced with Maps 4.4 about a year ago), you should be able to see and search for all the same businesses and attractions in the main Google Maps app, Places just puts a nicer interface on it. Much of the data came from what used to be called Google Local. Businesses can add themselves to Local/Maps/Places and ...


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GPS doesn't understand static direction at all; it can only infer direction from motion. But there is an electronic compass inside the phone as well as the GPS. You might want to download the "GPS Status + Tools" program from the Market; you can see detailed status information for both the GPS and the compass.


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Unfortunately, there is no cross-app sharing of map information. Firstly, there is a privacy concern - If Google allowed other apps to know your Google Maps offline areas (or infer them, for that matter), it would be possible for nasty apps to work out where you live and to sell that information. Sadly, Google don't provide an 'offline maps' API to ...


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Since you asked this question, Google has added a "pre-cache map area" feature to Google Maps's experimental Labs features. You first have to go into Settings > Labs and enable "Pre-cache Map Area", then visit a place page (either by clicking on a POI or long-pressing somewhere on the map), look at the list of "More Options", and click "Pre-cache Map Area". ...


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On Google Maps, create your trip including all waypoints. Save that map to "My Maps" within Google Maps. On the Android device, go to Maps, layers, more layers and then choose "My Maps" Select the map you want, it will come into maps on your Android device with each waypoint available. You can choose each waypoint individually and you will get the blue arrow ...


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Update to Maps 6.9.0 (released 2012-06-27) or later if you not already have done so. Google added the feature one you wanted: What's in this version: * Save maps for use offline Besides this: Cached tiles for Google Maps are saved to the SD card. To also answer your exact question (for users that cannot upgrade): Use Android's provided 'move to ...


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There are a number of possible reasons for an inaccurate location, mostly relating to the lack of a good GPS fix. If the phone cannot get an accurate GPS fix, it will use more approximate methods of deriving its location - such as cell tower locations and wifi hotspot locations. Possible reasons for no good GPS fix, in vague descending order of likliness: ...


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Update: Apparently there was enough of a hue and cry about it that they've added a button, although "ok maps" will still work. Not the same as the old offline maps, but better than nothing I suppose. Having come under fire for (mostly) removing the option to save offline maps in its new Android app, Google has pushed a new update that makes it easier for ...


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I figured out that the only way to get around not being able to drag and change your route on the Google Maps app for Android, is to add multiple destinations. This is how you do it (according to Google support, with my CORRECTIONS added in)! ;) Add multiple destinations: Open the Google Maps app maps. Search for your destination or tap it on the map. In ...


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Update 11 Jan 2016 In latest Google Maps Android (version 9.18.2 2015) there is now an "Add Label" feature/command available when you view a saved/starred place. See Give a place a private label for detailed instructions. Old workaround (no longer necessary) After starring a place in Google Maps Android, you can open Google Bookmarks webapps to display your ...


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I'm in Canada and recently made a road trip to the states. When I'm planning a trip starting in Canada, the whole trip is in km, even if it crosses into the US. If the trip starts in the US, however, it shows everything in miles, even if it crosses into Canada. It appears that it's not the location set in your phone but rather the location of the phone ...


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Google Maps for Android allows storing places/locations by starring them, this should also work for every place on the map, not just places and businesses. Long press on the point on the map you want to star The Address will load, press it In the upper right corner is a little gray star, select it These stars are also synced on maps.google.com if you are ...


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As detailed in the FAQ, download the appropriate gapp from this site http://opengapps.org/ Then install it using recovery.


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According to the Google Product Forums with Google Maps for Android 6.10 the Latitude widget is no longer available. You can view your friends' locations quickly by touching the Latitude icon, or by turning on the Latitude layer in Google Maps.


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This feature isn't available as of now. But you should frequently check the Google Now app page for such updates. This feature is available on Siri though, but that's probably irrelevant right now. In the meantime, you can still get turn by turn navigation to take you home by saying " directions to home". It'd be a good app feature though.


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You can't drag in-route points of a given Google Maps for Android route, you can instead drag departure and arrival spots 'A/B' spots. Drag in-route points is indeed a very interesting feature, but not available in Google Maps for Android yet. You can drag the markers by doing: (click images for larger variant when needed) Open Google Maps and tap "...


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To see alternate routes, you need to use Navigation as opposed to Maps. If you already have Maps open, click the blue arrowhead in the upper right to switch to Navigation, then click the context button on your phone, then select Route Info, then click the third button to the right along the bottom which will have both a dashed and solid line going to a map ...


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From your mentioning of Titanium Backup I assume your device is rooted. So my absolute recommendation here is AutoRun Manager (and yes, you will need the Pro -- second yes, it's worth it). Having that installed, open the app, use the "advanced mode", look for the app you want to modify (in your case: Google Maps). Expand it. ARM will show you all its ...


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