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Google Maps now available in Hindi

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As a part of its global initiative to make maps more useful for users locally, Google is launching Google Maps in Hindi. Starting today, people will be able to see Hindi names for cities, localities, important roads, as well as popular points of interest such as public parks and schools, on the new Google Maps and on Google Maps on Android.

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To view Hindi name labels on Google Maps, people must enable Hindi as their preferred language on their device. From a computer, they can change the language preference to Hindi on their Google account settings or by selecting the “Hindi” option at the bottom of the page on the google.co.in home page. On Android, users simply need to select the Hindi option within the “Language and input” menu found in their phone’s ‘settings menu’.

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Once Hindi has been chosen as the preferred language, people will be able to see Hindi names directly on the map. These new labels that are visible on Google Maps today have been created by transliterating English names to Hindi, or, translating the English names to Hindi and ensuring the text resonated with local dialects.

Commenting on the launch, Suren Ruhela, Director Product and Program Management, Google said, “Google is committed to making its products more useful for people in India, and creating comprehensive maps is a crucial part of helping Indian users access information about parts of the country that are unfamiliar to them. By launching Google Maps in Hindi today, hopefully Indians can explore and navigate the world around them more easily, whether these are people who already use Maps to find their way around day-to-day or Hindi-speakers coming online for the first time.”

Google Maps is constantly looking for new ways to help improve people’s engagement with the world, whether it’s helping them find what they need or get to where they need to go as quickly as possible. In the past year, Google Maps was redesigned to give people one intuitive mapping experience that’s fast and easy-to-use. The new Google Maps were rebuilt from the ground up, with the new design aimed at helping people make quicker decisions by easily surfacing places of interest, local search results, and rich layers of imagery where available. To find out more about Google Maps, continue reading here:https://www.google.com/maps/about/

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Lengthy Google Maps URL shrinks to goo.gl/maps Short URL [in Labs]

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A Simple Feature introduced by Google Labs in Google Maps could save a lot of work of ours.

How Hectic was it to Pass the URL of a Map location “Bengauluru, India” to your friend before? We measured the URL length for the Bengaluru position in Maps.. It is around 222 Characters and almost impossible to share to a friend (Unless you Pass the URL in Gtalk which adds href)

http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&source=s_q&hl=en&geocode=&q=Bangalore&sll=12.971606,
77.594376&sspn=0.68518,
0.883026&g=bangalore&ie=UTF8 &hq=&hnear=Bengaluru,+Karnataka, +India&ll=12.968845,77.59871&spn=0.021412,0.027595&z=15

The Second Method was to Shrink the lengthy URL using URL shortner services like bit.ly etc..

What if Google itself shortens the URL and Keeps it simple to you shrinking the long string of 222 Characters.. Google Labs has introduced a new Feature which does Shrinking… To Enable Click on “Labs” icon at Top of Google Maps Page..


From Now on, all your Lengthy Map URLs will be shrinked to http://goo.gl/maps/something … The Above Bengaluru,India location is now shrinked to http://goo.gl/UFUa

Did You Find This Feature Useful? Certainly Should Save some efforts to Shrink it Explicitly..

First Spotted by Mashable

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12 Great Map sites Besides Google Maps

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Online mapping is a burgeoning area of information, and with great mapping sites vying for attention, users have the options of using interactive interfaces to study, index or get directions to millions of locations around the world.

Google Maps are awesome, but so are some of its substitutes. Let’s review some:-

1.Wikimapia

Online, free, easily editable and integrating a greatly interactive yet simple online interface, the Wikimapia is brought to you by the same people who run the encyclopedic Wikipedia. With geographical detailed sections, great magnification ratios and easy map layout (stressing landmarks and important locations), the Wikimapia is the potential Google Maps-killing interface.

2. Mapquest

Detailed, accurate and offering a fully rotational 360 degrees view, Mapquest maps are just what the user needs to intensively study a given region. Any region in the world could be accessed through Mapquest, utilizing the best of online mapping resources to present aerial maps, street maps and traffic maps (of roads). Mapquest also integrates an extremely helpful toolbar interface for easy search.

3. National Geographic Maps

Any maps coming from the National Geographic establishment are bound to be regarded for accuracy, ease of reference and utmost reliability. The National Geography Map Machine does not disappoint, showing extensive mapping options, accurate scaling and a well-illuminated, labeled interface that is useful for road maps, region maps as well as for topography maps.

4. Atlapedia

Substituting Google maps is not easy, but Altapedia does that job with a decent amount of control and ease. Mapping a range of countries and features including geographical, topographical, climatic and demography-based, Altapedia online is a really informative interface for cartographers and general users alike.

5. Sites Atlas

Detailed, precise and hassle-free, SitesAtlas makes map browsing fun as well as informational. Incorporating useful data and location markers, this map site gives a comprehensive representation of any area based on its state boundaries, region features and intensive urban location tagging (for hotels, motels, landmarks, etc).

6. Maptech

Using the very latest in navigational technology and exploration, Maptech gives the best mapping resources to present interactive map layouts, charts and GPS – screens. Including a host of advanced features, Maptech gives accurate and analytical data that combines geographical and topographical features to minute details.

7. Yahoo Maps

Yahoo! Maps brings you accurate and updated mapping information that is easy to use and catalogue. These maps and graphs include accurate satellite mapping technology to provide geographical features, locations, distance measurements, driving/sailing directions- all in a single, easy interface.

8. Multimap

Multimap is an extremely efficient mapping service that is available online, supported by the fast Internet Explorer 8. Offering free customizable tools, map legends and landmark navigators, Multimap optimizes the map browsing experience with its built-in map accelerator.

9. World Time Interactive services

Worldtime interactive services show you the geographical maps, as well as street mapping and tagging services. However, it does so much more, showing time zone divides, local time ranges, and sunset and sunrise times in hundreds of urban zones across the world.

10. Maps .com

Street maps, local maps, area maps, waterways and roadways charts, political maps, this site’s got it all. Maps.com is an interactive archive of thousands of mapping utilities, including viewer applications like map quizzes and map games. Reliable, fast and secure, with a great and updated selection of maps, this site is definitely worth a look for map users.

11. Mission Atlas Project

A massive repository of global maps as well as area-intensive maps, this project site is greatly useful to users who want a detailed, larger view of geographical sections. With helpful indices and options for exploring each map by region, country and geographical parameters, the Mission Atlas Project is a dependable Map site.

12. World Mapper

This innovative mapping program makes mapping entirely viewer-oriented, with multiple map interfaces and formats like PDFs, image files and downloadable posters. This mapping site uses extensive area labeling, area grids and location counters to tag particular geographical regions.

This is a Guest Post by Melissa Tamura. Melissa Tamura writes about online schools for Zen College Life.

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