Busy Day at Google – Google Maps 5.0 for Android, Picasa, Nexus S and More…

Google News and More

Busy day for Google Today.  Along with Revision for Spreadsheets, Google released a slew of other updates to their services which I figured I’d spend a few minutes to cover.


Google Maps 5.0 for Android

To start, Google kicked off the day releasing the Next Generation of Mobile Maps, Google Maps 5.0 for Android.  Now that Google Maps for Mobile has over 100 million users, Google is pouring in the features with Google Maps 5.0.

Google Maps Mobile 5Google Maps Mobile 5

Tilt while zoomed in (left) or use compass mode (right) to orient yourself with 3D buildings.

Some of the new features include:

Explore Maps in 3D

  • Tilting
  • Rotating
  • Smooth Zooming
  • Compas Mode

Offline Reliability

  • Maps will be proactively cached on your device just in case you lose a connection to the internet while trying to find something on your map.

Offline Rerouting

  • The GPS Navigation feature which has been around on legacy devices is now available with the Google Maps turn-by-turn feature.


Picasa Web Albums now added to Google Apps Single sign-on

Recently I’ve talked about how you can and over the last month, Google has been adding more and more Apps to the list where you can just use your company Google Apps account to access their services rather than needing to use a stand-alone Google Account or GMAIL account.

Well today Picasa Web Albums has been added to the list of apps that can be accessed with your Google Apps account.  Very groovy indeed for those company photos you might want locked securely away from the public and shared only with your small Google Apps company/community.

Goole Picasa for Google Apps

Google Books nGram Viewer launched

Since 2004, Google has been scanning books (over 15 million books worldwide) and today you can access that data in a very groovy viewer that let’s you compare the “words” or “phrases” in the books against different periods of time.  With over 500 billion words… in 6 different languages, it should be interesting comparing the word groovy between 1750 – 2008.  Have fun!

Google Books - nGram Viewer

Google Launches the Nexus S Android Mobile Phone in the US

nexus s picture

A few days ago and today Google announced the phone can now be purchased in the US at Best Buy stores around the US and Online starting at $199.99 with a T-Mobile service plan for $529.99 unlocked without a leash.

To be honest, had I not just bought an , I probably would grab one of these but, I’m out of the market at least for another year or so.  Oh well… 


And that’s a wrap for the day plus I need to crash.  Work comes early tmow morning!



  1. Shockersh

    The google mobile 5 is incredible. Really amazing.

    • Zaniel

      When will google mobile 5 be out for iPhone?

  2. Zaniel

    I’ve been using picasa web albums for a long time. 2 questions.

    Do google apps users get mire than 1 gig of free space? And what is google apps vs. Normal google accounts? I have a gmail account that works across all the google apps already (gmail, google docs, reader, picas etc…)

    Thnx! Love the blog.

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