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Over ten years ago, we wrote our first post on our Geo Developers blog, and today we’re sharing our new location for the Google Maps Platform blog. Our new home will continue to provide the latest Google Maps Platform product news, how to tutorials, perspectives and customer stories that you’re used to, all available on a new, mobile-friendly platform....

Falling Fruit helps urbanites forage for food using Google Maps Platform

Posted by Ethan Welty, Co-founder, Falling FruitEditor’s note: Today’s post comes from Ethan Welty, Co-founder of Falling Fruit, a nonprofit that helps city dwellers harvest for food in their neighborhoods. Falling Fruit’s global map marks locations in 111 countries, and its website and mobile apps have been accessed by nearly 1 million people. Falling...

How Google Maps helps amateur and professional archaeologists ponder the mysteries of Stonehenge’s burial mounds

Posted by Simon Banton, “Hengemaster,” Stonehenge Barrow MapEditor’s note: Today’s post comes from Simon Banton: software professional, Stonehenge enthusiast, and creator of the Stonehenge Barrow Map. With Google Maps Platform products and some help from the Google developer community, Banton built his map in just a few days, compiling the data and...

How WhyHunger uses Google Maps to connect people to grassroots community food sources

Posted by Alison Cohen, Senior Director of Programs, WhyHungerEditor's Note: Today’s blog is the first in a series of posts highlighting our support for Google public programs. Eligible nonprofits, startups, crisis response, and news media organizations may apply for Google Maps Platform credits through Google for Nonprofits, the Google Cloud Startup...

Expanded support for Google public programs

Posted by Amit Litsur, Product Manager, Google Maps PlatformGoogle is committed to supporting organizations with public programs that provide access to our products, people and resources. We're proud to support organizations like Code.org, Charity:water, Hostelling International and more to connect people to resources and help visualize the impact their...

Reminder—set-up a Google Cloud Platform Console account

Posted by the Google Maps Platform teamOn May 2, we announced changes including our new simplified Maps, Routes, and Places products as well as a new pricing plan to make our products easier to use and more scalable as you grow. Here’s a quick reminder of the three steps you need to take prior to June 11:Set up a Google Cloud Platform Console account...

Introducing Google Maps Platform

Posted by the Google Maps Platform teamIt’s been thirteen years since we opened up Google Maps to your creativity and passion. Since then, it's been exciting to see how you've transformed your industries and improved people's lives. You’ve changed the way we ride to work, discover the best schools for our children, and search for a new place to live....

The real world as your playground: Build real-world games with Google Maps APIs

Posted by Clementine Jacoby, Product Manager, Google Maps APIs The mobile gaming landscape is changing as more and more studios develop augmented reality games. In order to mix realities, developers first need to understand the real world — the physical environment around their players. That’s why we’re excited to announce a new offering for building...

Updated basemap style for Google Maps APIs

Posted by Rose Yao, Director Product, Google Maps APIs Google Maps APIs will soon be updated with a new look and feel to provide an experience in line with the recent updates to Google Maps. Late last year, we refined the color, typography, and iconography of the Google Maps basemap to improve focus, clarity of information, and readability. This...

With Google Maps APIs, Toyota Europe keeps teen drivers safe and sound

Posted by Christophe Hardy, Manager of Social Business at Toyota Motor EuropeEditor’s note: Today’s post is from Christophe Hardy, Toyota Motor Europe’s Manager of Social Business. He’ll explain how Toyota used Google Maps APIs to build an Android app to keep teen drivers safe. It’s a milestone that teenagers celebrate and parents fear: getting that...

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