Founder: OpenStreetMap Already As Good Or Better Than Google Maps

phone-map-featured Steve Coast founded OpenStreetMap (OSM) in the UK in 2004. It's 10 years old this year. He was inspired by the Wikipedia model and compelled by a lack of available map and location data in the UK at that time. Coast now works for GPS navigation company Telenav, which owns location-based mobile ad network Thinknear. Not long ago Telenav also acquired Europe-based skobbler, which built a popular consumer-navigation app on top of OSM data. Telenav offers an equivalent, free consumer navigation/local search in Scout. The two apps are being merged later this year. Earlier this week Tele [...]


Google “Mapping” Real World With Incredible Precision For Self-Driving Cars

google-self-driving-car-1323435948 A fascinating article in the Atlantic appeared this weekend. It's mostly about Google's self-driving cars and how they operate technically. But it's also about something much bigger: how Google is now effectively "crawling" the real world as it has crawled the web for years. The analogy or insight isn't mine it's the Atlantic's. But it's spot-on. With its multiple "real world" initiatives (Street View, Project Tango, Indoor Maps, Android location and others) Google is building a virtual representation of the real world that can be used for many and varied purposes, including offline ad t [...]


The Google State Of The Union: Strong Yet Vulnerable

google-bulb-logo-ceiling-1397043754 Earlier today, Google published its annual Founders' Letter. This is a kind of "Google State of the Union" missive that Google has published annually since it went public. Many bloggers picked up on the following remark in the document penned by Google CEO Larry Page: "[I]n many ways, we’re a million miles away from creating the search engine of my dreams, one that gets you just the right information at the exact moment you need it with almost no effort." Some people also commented on the glaring omission of any discussion of privacy -- an issue that has generated numerous problems for [...]


Research: 56 Pct. Of “On The Go” Searches Have Local Intent

local-search-map-600 ComScore recently found that 78 percent of local-mobile searches resulted in an offline purchase (usually in a few hours). New consumer data from research firm Ipsos MediaCT (sponsored by Google) echo most of the comScore study data, underscoring the critical nature of local information to mobile users. Ipsos conducted the online survey of 4,500 consumers across nine vertical segments: Auto, CPG, Finance, Local Services, Media & Entertainment, Restaurant, Retail, Tech and Travel. The firm also reviewed and incorporated data from a smartphone shopper diary study involving 653 resp [...]


Google In-Store & Location-Aware Product Reminders Now In Google Now For Android

Google iOS Search App Yesterday, as expected, Google announced on Google+ that the location-aware, in-store product reminders are now built into the latest version of Google Now on your Android Google Search App. Google said "if you’re out and about and near a store that carries those boots, you might see a Google Now card showing you the product and price to remind you that you wanted them." Imagine you search for a specific product on Google and then you are driving or walking past a store on the street that has that product. Imagine Google pops up a Google Now card to tell you the store has it and the pr [...]


Indoor Maps & Mall Directories Come To Google Now For Android

Google-Maps-icon As we reported last week, similar to the offline Google Now cards, Google has made indoor maps within the Android Search App's Google Now cards live. Google Indoor Maps was introduced in 2011 for select malls and shopping centers. Now, if you are using the latest Google Search App on Android, a Google Now card may appear and show you a searchable card that lets you find the stores in the mall. It may also help you walk directly to the store using Google's indoor maps feature. Google said, "with one tap, you’ll be taken to the indoor map in Google Maps with a pin showing you exactly whe [...]


Google Now Cards Now Work Without An Internet Connection

Google Now As we expected, the Android version of the Google Search App now supports offline mode for Google Now cards. So if you are in a location without internet, such as a subway, somewhere out in a deserted island or just in the middle of Manhattan and you have poor reception (no joke), Google will still show your Google Now cards, even without a connection to the internet. Google announced this late on Friday on Google+ saying: Next time you’re on the subway and want to check on your day’s appointments with Google Now, you won’t have to worry about lack of cell service. Starting today [...]


Google Now Remembers Where You Parked, Gains Offline Cards, Indoor Maps, Shopping Reminders

google-now-card-featured Excited that the updated Google Search App for Android will remember where you parked your car? Wait, there's more! Google Now cards also work offline, malls are gaining indoor map directories and you can now get product search reminders. Earlier today Barry Schwartz wrote that the updated Google Search App for Android will now help you locate your car in a parking lot or on the street. Since then, we've learned that this "parking locator card" is just one of several new features and capabilities in the updated Android version of Google Now. No word on iOS yet. Among the new Now feature [...]


Google Search App Adds Reminders For Where You Parked Your Car

Google iOS Search App Android Authority reports Google's latest update to the Android version of the Google Search App has a new feature to remember where you parked your car and then give you directions on how to go back to that location. Parking at large venues, malls, or big cities, can often get confusing at times. You often see those people walking around the parking lot, clicking the lock and unlock buttons on their keys, to trigger a sound or flash on their car so they can find out where they parked their car. How it works is that when you park your car, Google will ask you if you want to save this loc [...]


Rumor: Google To Broadly Expand “OK Google” Voice Actions

OK Google According to Android Police, Google is preparing a broad expansion of voice actions beyond its search app. The report describes this initiative as "OK Google Everywhere." Voice actions would extend to other Google apps (e.g., mail, photos) and would also be contextually specific, taking on Google Now-like capabilities. Currently queries and some app-related commands can be executed by voice but the report suggests a much deeper use of voice together with contextually specific actions: For example, if you were having a conversation with someone in Gmail, the prompt may suggest replying to t [...]


Google Search Lets You Filter Restaurants By What’s Open Now, Price & More

filters austin Google announced you can now filter your restaurant searches by price, ratings, cuisine, and if it’s open right now. All you need to do is go to Google on your desktop or mobile device and search for [show me some restaurants in downtown Austin] or related searches, and Google will give you the ability to filter down the results by those characteristics. Here is a screen shot: If you are on your mobile device, and you found a place you want to eat at, all you need to do is say "OK Google, call..." and it will call the restaurant. This feature currently only works in the Unite [...]


Google App Indexing Adds 24 Android Apps & Expands To All English Content Worldwide

google-apps-featured On October 31st, Google announced they are now supporting a new feature named app indexing, which allows publishers to create links from Google's search results directly into the deep content within their Android apps. So if you search for something on your Android device and happen to see a result from a publisher where you also have their app on your device, clicking on that link will open the app and take you right to the content within the app that is related to your query. In December, the first apps started appearing to support app indexing, including the IMDb Android app. Google a [...]


Survey: Search Engines Dominate Mobile Product Research

mobile-apps-search-featured Last week, Local Corporation released survey results from its latest round of consumer mobile shopping research. The company is promoting a new version of its local-mobile shopping app Havvit. The survey was conducted in March and carried out by the Chicago-based e-tailing group and consisted of nearly 1,300 US smartphone owners. Among other questions the survey asked, "When using a mobile device for product research, how do you search?" Survey respondents overwhelmingly said "search engine" vs. the other choices: Search engine: 73 percent Specific mobile website: 33 percent Mobile [...]


Okay Google: Take A Photo/Video Comes To Google Mobile Search

google-voice-search Google announced on Google+ that you can now ask your Android phone to take a photo or a video by saying, "Ok Google," then "take a photo" or "take a video." This will launch the Android camera app in the photo or video mode so you can quickly take a photo. I should note that there are other variations of the "take a photo" that work, such as "shoot a" and "take a picture" and so on. Google Glass has supported this since it launched, so it makes sense to extend this to Android devices. Where this may come in handy for search is in the future, if Google extends Google Search mobile to han [...]


Matt Cutts: Google Mobile Queries May Surpass PC Search This Year

mobile-search-featured Speaking at SMX West last week Google's Matt Cutts said that he "wouldn't be surprised" if mobile search exceeded desktop queries this year. A similar comment was made by a Google speaker informally during a roundtable discussion at the International Franchising Association conference in New Orleans earlier this year. We asked Google for an official statement and the company declined to provide one. Google doesn't want to oppose mobile and PC search. Rather it wants to emphasize cross-platform marketing and experiences. The comments above refer to global query volumes not in the US [...]


Up-Close @ SMX West: Experts Weigh In On Mobile SEO Best Practices

mobile-seo-featured What's your best mobile SEO solution? Responsive design? A mobile dedicated site? An app? Four mobile SEO pros gave their expert insights on how to create successful mobile SEO strategies during the  "Best Practices in Mobile SEO" panel yesterday at SMX West. Moderated by Search Engine Land's contributing editor Greg Sterling, the session included presentations by Covario's senior SEO manager Michael Martin, Resolution Media's director of SEO strategy Bryson Meunier, MobileMoxy CEO Cindy Krum, and Google senior developer programs engineer Maile Ohye. While each of the presenters offered [...]


Forecast: Google To Lose $1.4B In PC Revs As Search Shifts To Mobile

google-earnings-money-featured A forecast just released by eMarketer argues that Google will lose $1.4 billion in PC search revenue in 2014 as paid clicks partly migrate to mobile devices, where revenue per click has been lower. Some of that PC revenue decline will be offset by growth in mobile paid clicks. Some marketers to date have actively discounted their paid mobile clicks on Google enhanced campaigns. Below is the full eMarketer US spending forecast by advertising channel. The forecast notes that in 2013, just over 76 percent of Google's paid search revenues came from the PC. This year that number is expec [...]


AdGooroo Adds Mobile Paid Search Spend Insights, Releases List Of Top Mobile Search Advertisers

adgooroo-logo Search marketing intelligence firm, AdGooroo announced it is the first to provide insights into search advertising spend on mobile devices. The new mobile search data is now included in the company's SEM Insights Tool, starting with data from the U.S., U.K. and Australia. Additional mobile insights now available include ad copy, impressions and clicks, click-through rates, costs-per-click at the campaign and keyword level. AdGooroo has also released a list of the top 20 advertisers in mobile search by impressions in January 2014. The list is based on impressions from the top 50,000 keywo [...]


New Google Maps Comes Out Of Preview Today

google-maps-ipad-featured Roughly last May at Google's "I/O" developer conference, the company introduced an updated version of its desktop Maps experience. Since that time, it has been in "preview," allowing users to go back and forth between the "classic" and new versions. Today, it's coming out of preview and soon will be the default PC Google Maps experience. Since its introduction, Google has been adding features, tweaking and adjusting the new Maps. Overall, it's a more visually-compelling product than the old Maps with a wide array of enhanced features. Among them: Rich images, photo tours and interior p [...]


Will 11th Hour Objections Derail The Google-EU Antitrust Settlement?

Google Europe When the European Commission recently announced yet another antitrust settlement with Google the matter appeared to be coming to an end. This was the third proposed settlement from Google but indications from EU Competition Commissioner Joaquin Almunia suggested that it was essentially final and only formalities remained to approve it. Unlike the two previous settlement proposals, this one is reportedly not going to be subjected to a "market test" (formal review by rivals and critics) -- although the European Commission will be accepting comments, apparently. Google's critics immediate [...]


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