Tag Archive: Mapping

Huawei taps TomTom for mapping duties on its phones

The deal would allow Huawei to use TomTom’s data to develop its own mapping application.

What you need to know After the loss of Google Mobile Servies, Huawei is scrambling to find alternatives. For mapping duties, the Chinese giant has turned to Dutch navigation provider TomTom. The deal between the two companies could see Huawei developing its own mapping app, with TomTom’s services in the backend.

The U.S. ban may not have hurt Huawei’s sales figures as  [Read More…]

Mapping the most important phone announcements remaining in 2018

The second half of the year is setting up to be busy.

We’re in a little bit of a lull in terms of smartphone releases now, as all of the big names got out the door for the first half of the year and we’re now waiting about a month for Samsung’s other shoe to drop. But the Note 9 isn’t the only phone being released in the coming months — here’s a breakdown of what I’m  [Read More…]

Indian government calls Google Maps unreliable, wants citizens to use its own mapping solution instead

The Indian government launches its latest salvo in a long-running fight with Google over mapping data.

The Indian government doesn’t have a high opinion of Google Maps, and it conveyed that sentiment today by saying that the service is “not authenticated” and calling into question its reliability.

That’s according to a statement made by the head of the country’s mapping and survey organisation, aptly named the Survey of India:

If you talk about the authentication, the  [Read More…]

Giffgaff launches mapping tool to find and catch Pokémon in the U.K.

UK MVNO giffgaff has launched a mapping tool that lets Pokémon Go players locate and catch Pokémon in the United Kingdom. The carrier has teamed up with geocoding service what3words to identify hotspots that contain Pokémon.

The mapping tool will also offer a list of nearby charging stations, as well as food and drink locations. New to the game? Grab it from the Play Store, and be sure to read our extensive coverage of the global  [Read More…]

India’s proposed mapping bill is an attempt to rein in Google

The Indian government is working on a new mapping bill that will have serious consequences for companies providing mapping services in the country. Dubbed the Geospatial Information Regulation Bill, the ruling aims to regulate mapping vendors like Google by forcing them to seek out a license from the newly-created Security Vetting Authority.

Here’s the crux of the bill:

Any person who wants to acquire, disseminate, publish or distribute any geospatial information of India, may make an  [Read More…]

HERE officially bids Nokia farewell, plans to enhance mapping for autonomous driving

HERE announced that the 6,500 strong team has officially bid farewell to Nokia to bring all its global mapping and location technology under a new umbrella backed by Audi, BMW and Daimler AG. It’s not the end of the mapping giant relied on by millions, but rather the opening of the flood gates to new advances in the field, as well as in-car services.

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Uber now has mapping vehicles of its own

Uber is stepping up its mapping efforts, as the company now has its own branded mapping vehicles. Recently, the company missed out on an opportunity to acquire Nokia’s HERE mapping service, but did end up acquiring Bing’s mapping assets and team members.

Nokia brings HERE mapping to Samsung smartphones and Tizen watches

Nokia today announced that the company had partnered with Samsung to bring its maps and location platform services to Tizen-powered wearables and Android smartphones. It marks a significant step forward for HERE, moving on from its exclusivity period on Windows-based platforms, though only those with Samsung hardware will be able to enjoy the Android editions of HERE services (for the time being). The two companies have also entered into a licensing agreement to provide consumers mapping  [Read More…]

Wikipad drops to $199 in the U.S., adds game control mapping tool

A quick heads up for anyone interested in the Wikipad gaming tablet that the U.S. price is down to $ 199. That represents a $ 50 price reduction, and other territories we’re told will announce any similar discounts at a later time. Wikipad comes pre-installed with a selection of top Android games including Shadowgun: Deadzone and Dead Trigger 2.

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Transcenic Inc. Sues Google and Microsoft Over 3D Mapping Technology

A Louisiana based company is sueing Microsoft and Google Accusing them of violating a patent around 3D mapping technology.Transcenic Inc. alleges that Google and Microsoft Acquired the technology that allow them mapping in 3D illegally

Google’s Street View and Microsoft’s Streetside allows users to see places in 3D instead of the birds-eye view. Transcenic Inc. also is sueing AOL and MapQuest for the 360 View technology, “has injured Transcenic and Transcenic is  [Read More…]