Street View Gets Biggest Ever Update; Time Zone in Maps API; Magazines on Google Play Australia; New Look Google Mobile Homepage Launches

Google Maps Street View coverage gets more comprehensive with the biggest ever update--"doubling our number of special collections and updating over 250,000 miles of roads around the world," Google announced. Adding, "We're increasing Street View coverage in Macau, Singapore, Sweden, the U.S., Thailand, Taiwan, Italy, Great Britain, Denmark, Norway and Canada. And we're launching special […]

Google Maps Street View coverage gets more comprehensive with the biggest ever update--"doubling our number of special collections and updating over 250,000 miles of roads around the world," Google announced.

Adding, "We're increasing Street View coverage in Macau, Singapore, Sweden, the U.S., Thailand, Taiwan, Italy, Great Britain, Denmark, Norway and Canada. And we're launching special collections in South Africa, Japan, Spain, France, Brazil and Mexico, among others," Google posted.

To learn more, visit: maps.google.com/streetview.

Google Maps now no longer recommends to swim across the Atlantic Ocean if you want to go from the United States to Europe. Google found a better way: "sail across the Pacific Ocean".

Google's directions from New York to Paris are quite straightforward: go to Seattle, then swim across Pacific to Hawaii, swim again to Asia where you are directed to drive through Asia and Europe to reach France. After only 519 hours you're supposed to reach the destination.

Google Maps sail across the Pacific Ocean

In other Google maps news, Google just announced the release of "time zone functionality in the Google Maps API," that returns information about the time zone of a particular location on Earth at a particular point in time. "The response contains information such as the IANA Time Zone ID, long form name, offset from UTC and any offset due to daylight savings," Google informs.

Google notes, that "developers have access to the API for up to 2,500 requests per day, while Google Maps API for Business customers receive 100,000 requests."

Full documentation is available here.

Google Maps Street View becomes more comprehensive gets biggest update ever

A new look for the mobile Google homepage launches today -- Now, when you tap the new menu button in the upper left you'll see a sidebar with other popular Google products, helping you get to them quickly and easily, google announced.

If you've upgraded to Google+, you'll also see your Google+ notifications and the share button.

Visitwww.google.com on your Android phone or iPhone to give it a try.

Google mobile gets redesigned homepage

And, finally, today, Google launched magazines on Google Play in Australia -- enabling you to purchase your favourite magazines from three leading Australian publishers--ACP Magazines, Pacific Magazines, and NewsLifeMedia--as well as many others.

"You can now read magazines on the go in HD on the Google Play Magazines App for Android. Browse through the Play store to find your favourites, discover new titles, buy single issues and even subscribe to save on popular magazines. All your latest issues will be instantly delivered to your tablet or phone and organized in your collection in the cloud. You can also flip through your magazine carousel to quickly decide what to read next or simply search for a specific title in your magazine collection," Google blogged.

Magazines are available today on play.google.com, and will roll out to Google Play on devices over the coming days.

Google Play Australia adds Magazines

And, finally, Google Places API Developer Challenge, announced today inviting developers, designers and tech savvy individuals around the world to make something that improves their communities or governments by using the Google Places API.

"The developers who create winning applications will receive a VIP ticket to Google I/O 2013 where the app will be showcased," Google said.

So start channeling your most creative and innovative ideas because the deadline to submit is in three weeks on October 31st, 2012.

Enter now at https://developers.google.com/places/challenge/.