Google Buys SkyBox for $500 Million
Google today said it has purchased SkyBox Imaging, a satellite company, for $500 million in cash. Google said it will use SkyBox's satellites, which can resolve objects on the ground of less than one meter, to keep Google Maps up to date with the latest images. It will also use SkyBox's satellites to provide internet and disaster relief when and where needed. The satellites can be targeted at specific locations to provide real-time views. The deal requires regulatory approval and Google did not say when it expects to close the acquisition. Google also uses cars to map streets around the world, and offers 360-degree street-level views to users of Google Maps.
Google Adds Multi-Stop Directions to Maps
Google gave Google Maps users the ability to plan multi-stop trips. The latest version of Google Maps allows people to add multiple destinations to a single excursion.
Google Takes A New View of Its Street View App
Google has refreshed its Street View app for both Android and iOS devices and took the opportunity to add several features. To start, Street View replaces the older Photo Sphere Camera app for iPhones and the legacy Street View from Google Maps app on Android phones.
Timeline Lets Android Users Explore Their Past Travels
Google is rolling out a new feature to Android and desktop users of Google Maps that allows people to see all the places they've visited. The feature, called Timeline, makes it possible to revisit locations within Maps to recall where you've been.
Latest Google Maps Update Makes It Easier to Locate Your Events
Google has updated Google Maps and now lets users access more personal information regarding their locations with a quick search. Google Maps culls more data from users' Gmail accounts and will automatically make event details available to Maps.
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