Waze For Android Adds New Maps, Driver-Friendly UI, More Social Features

Android: Turn-by-turn navigation Waze updated today to include an entirely new UI that minimises buttons and tools, so that they’re all accessible under one spring-out on-screen menu. Maps are now easier to navigate, so you can easily spin around and navigate with one hand, and there is also new location-based information from services like Yelp and FourSquare.


Find Your Way When You're Lost By Facing North

Even if you’ve lived in a city for a few years you’re bound to get lost or disorientated now and again. A new study in Psychological Science reveals the easiest way to reorientate yourself and find your way is to face north and visualise the map.


How To Break Your GPS Dependency

I just moved to a new city, and while Android’s navigation function has been invaluable to getting me where I need to go, I’ve realised that I still don’t know anything about how the city is laid out, nor can I take a simple drive to my friend’s house, which I’ve been to many times, without my GPS directing me. If your sense of direction is similarly lacking and you want a more intuitive understanding of your city, here are a few things you can do to rid yourself of that GPS dependency and actually learn your way around.


Find Your Way In A City By Paying Attention To Ubiquitous Cues

Your phone’s GPS capabilities mean you can pinpoint yourself on a map with the tap of your finger, but should your battery die or your phone go on the fritz, would you be able to navigate compass-free? The Natural Navigator Tristan Gooley offers six clever ways to never get lost in a city again.


Enable Google Maps' 'Bubble Buttons' For Quicker Calling, Navigation

Google Maps for Android just updated with two awesome features that make phone calls and navigation just a tap away. Here’s how to enable them.


Free Whereis iPhone App Offers Turn-By-Turn Navigation

iOS: There’s no shortage of GPS apps for the iPhone, but most come with hefty price tags attached. Telstra’s Whereis app is an unusual exception: it offers turn-by-turn directions for Australians, and it’s completely free.


Navigate Yourself Home In One Tap With Android's Home Screen Shortcuts

Turn-by-turn navigation is incredible, but typing in addresses can get tedious quickly (and dangerous). Here’s how to add a one-tap navigation shortcut to your home screen.


Google Maps For Android Adds Transit Navigation

Android: The latest Google Maps for Android updates today with several improvements, but the most notable is the new Transit Navigation feature, which adds GPS-assisted, stop-by-stop navigation for public transport.


Google Maps Ownhere Mod Opens Up Turn-By-Turn Navigation In Unsupported Countries

Android: Many countries are unsupported by Google Maps Navigation, even if Google has the information to support them. With the Google Maps Ownhere mod, you can unlock navigation in those areas, whether you’re visiting or you live there.


5 Experimental Features You Should Enable From The Google Maps Laboratory

Perhaps you haven’t noticed, but we’ve been highlighting the best of Google Labs all week. Today we’re taking a look at five great experimental features you can enable in Google Maps that solve a few annoying problems and make using the service easier, too.