Archives for MapQuest Mobile Apps

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  1. Fall has arrived, and that means Thanksgiving trips to visit family, leaf-peeping drives, and (we hope) an early start to the ski season! That all translates to lots of driving, and in these times of volatile gas prices we’d all like to save a few dollars when we fill up.

    MapQuest is happy to introduce our MapQuest Gas Prices app for iPhone and Android, now available free on the App Store and Google Play. With this handy app you can easily find the best gas prices near you – whether out on that fall road trip, commuting home, or just running errands around town. The app will automatically find your location and show nearby gas stations, allow filtering by gas type (diesel and E85 users take note), and let you drill down to view available amenities like convenience stores and restaurants. You can even set Favorites to quickly compare gas prices at your preferred stations.

    Download the FREE MapQuest Gas Prices app to your iPhone or Android today and start saving on your next tankful!

  2. If you happen to be one of the lucky folk who have Monday, Oct. 8, off in celebration of the explorer, Christopher Columbus, chances are MapQuest’s walking directions can help expedite your agenda. Better yet, our free navigation apps even offer spoken turn-by-turn maneuvering so you can choose the most efficient paths through parks and one-way streets.

    Have the MapQuest app on iPhone or Android? Just click on “Directions,” enter your start and end locations, then click the “walking man” icon. MapQuest Mary talks you through each of your stops, and you can always use the business locator to grab a quick coffee or stop at a post office along the way. We’re here to help you with discovery along the way as well.

    If you don’t have the app yet, download it for free in the App Store or Google Play. Or, if you don’t have a smartphone, walking directions are also available on m.mapquest.com while you’re on the go or mapquest.com before you head out the door.

    Hope you take advantage of the Christopher Columbus Day, and like the “real deal,” get exploring!

  3. On the heels of all the buzz around navigation apps for mobile devices, we just updated MapQuest for iPhone and iPod touch devices to include some new features that will make your experience with MapQuest even better.

    Favorites

    We have received a lot of feedback from users indicating they want an easier way to store the places they go to most often, as well as store locations for quick access later. Well, we’re happy to introduce Favorites. Now any place can become one of your favorite places. You can add a place to your favorites from that place’s details screen, then any time you want to go there, just select it from the favorites list in any search field.

    In addition to adding my home and work as favorites, I find this feature really useful if I am taking a trip to a new city. Before I leave for my trip, I just add my hotel and a few local attractions as favorites for quick access while I’m out and about. No need to type or search!

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    Drop a Pin

    Has this ever happened to you: You can point to where you want to go on a map, but you don’t have the address? Well now you can get there without having to type or search. Simply press and hold anywhere on the map and a pin will fall into place. From there you can get written directions, voice-guided navigation, or add it as a favorite. Dropping a pin is most useful for navigating to parks, hiking trails, cross-streets, or finding buried treasure.

    For a full list of what’s new in MapQuest version 3.1, head over to the App Store where you can download the latest update!

  4. There’s a lot of buzz right now around mapping and navigation since Apple removed Google Maps as their preloaded mapping provider and launched their own version of voice guided navigation on the new iOS 6 and the iPhone 5 that hit stores today.

    As two of our biggest competitors in the industry battle it out, the free voice-guided turn-by-turn MapQuest iPhone navigation app continues to grow, helping millions of people each month confidently get them to their destinations. Having pioneered free voice-guided navigation on the iPhone in 2010, here’s a recap of what people like so much about our iPhone app and why it’s in the top 100 of over 500,000 apps in the iTunes store.

    • It’s free
    • Helpful hints in the route narrative for easy navigation
    • One-touch search
    • Trustworthy directions
    • Business information and reviews
    • Real-time traffic conditions
    • Live traffic cameras
    • Multi-stop routes

    Find out for yourself why our iPhone app is so popular. Download MapQuest 3.0 right now (for free) from the App Store and get exploring!

  5. Trying to get somewhere this summer?   Download the updated MapQuest smartphone apps, where our free iPhone and Android offerings are now powered with TomTom maps.  As the world’s leading supplier of in-car location and navigation products and services, TomTom provides coverage for more than 7.5 million miles of roads across North America.  That’s like going to the moon and back about 16 times.  That’s like traveling the length of the Great Wall of China over 1,300 times.  That’s like running well over a quarter of a million marathons.  Basically, it’s a lot of mapped miles any way you look at it.

    With MapQuest and TomTom maps, you could drive virtually anywhere there’s a road in the United States with our app as your travel companion.  (No need to panic if you forget to print off directions before leaving your house.)  Whether you’re driving across the county or across the continent this summer, there’s never been a better time to ask for directions…just ask us.

    Where are you heading this summer?  Tell us on Facebook.

  6. Some of you may be familiar with our MapQuest app, which pioneered free voice guided turn-by-turn navigation on iPhone. Today we released an all-new version. MapQuest 3.0 has been completely redesigned and rewritten from the ground up to give you an incredible mapping, searching and turn-by-turn navigation experience on your iPhone, all for free.

    When navigating, we put the most important route information front and center, letting you process it quickly. Our search functionality has been vastly improved, making it faster and easier to find exactly what you’re looking for. In addition to the features our users already rely on — like our one-touch search, trustworthy directions, business information and reviews, real-time traffic conditions, and multi-stop routes — we’ve also added some new functionality to MapQuest 3.0:

    • Cleaner user interface – Experience the easier-to-use design
    • Heads-up display for navigation – View important information at a glance
    • Gas prices – Find the cheapest gas prices near you while on the go
    • Live traffic cameras – See what the traffic looks like ahead to avoid congestion
    • Greatly improved search – Find your destination with ease
    • Enhanced audio performance – More reliable performance with less data consumption
    • Landscape mode – Use any aspect of the app in landscape view — makes typing easier

    MapQuest for iPhone has come a long way since its first release in 2009. We know you’re going to love this new version and we can’t wait to hear what you think!

    Download MapQuest 3.0 right now (for free) from the App Store and get exploring!

  7. Imagine your teen has just been handed the keys to the family car to go out for the evening, as a parent, you just can’t help being a little nervous about it. MapQuest is here to help. Before they leave the house, grab your son’s or daughter’s Android phone and create a single tap shortcut called ‘Home’ with MapQuest so that no matter where they are, all they have to do is select ‘Home’ and it will navigate them back to your house using voice-guided, turn-by-turn directions without having to look at their phone while driving. They might still run out of gas, but they won’t get lost.

    This is available now as part of MapQuest for Android Version 1.3.0, which offers a trio of useful features that will help save time and keep you tethered to important places while out-and-about.

    Add Favorites

    One of our intrepid mobile engineers recently lamented having to re-find and re-enter locations that he visits frequently, yet not so frequently that directions are unnecessary. In his case, his kids play sports, and the games are held at a variety of participating schools. Over a weekend, he built the ability to identify and save the names and locations to favorite places from the place detail page. Naturally, the icon he chose to identify this feature was a heart icon. Any location can be added as a ‘Favorite’ and the list is easily accessed via the menu key on your android device.

    Voice Activation

    Not satisfied with merely selecting the locations from a list, he further added the ability to navigate to a favorite place by voice command. Getting to one of the schools was now as easy as tapping the mic button in the search box and saying, ‘navigate’  then the name of the ‘favorite’ destination.

    So now, after you add ‘home’ to your teenager’s phone, all he has to do is tell his phone “Navigate home!”

    Shortcuts

    You can also create a shortcut to a favorite destination that you saved with a long press on your devices’ Homescreen. One-click access, it really doesn’t get any easier than that ;)

    With the new MapQuest Android App, your favorites are a voice command or a single click away. Not bad for a weekend’s work. Try the latest version of the MapQuest android app and let us know what you think.

  8. Here’s a scenario most everyone has faced: you find yourself in a new neighborhood with some time to kill.  Where do you go?  What do you do?  What’s the best restaurant?  What do others suggest?  Well, we built the MapQuest Vibe iPhone app (mirroring our recently announced site) that we hope answers those questions with aplomb.  Download the free new app here ;)

    MapQuest Vibe aspires to make you a local, anywhere.  Launch it on your iPhone and identify which of the 50,000 U.S. neighborhoods and 27.000 cities you’ve entered or explore what’s just around the corner.

    Use the neighborhood map to identify the best restaurants or tap an adjacent orange “Vibe Score” oval to begin discovering places in nearby vicinities.  For even greater detail, switch to list view or an individual detail page.  A proprietary algorithm combines social signals, user intent and a lot of analysis to create real-time, authoritarian rankings for each and every place.

    Sign in with your Facebook account to vote local places up or down.  Yes, it’s that simple to show your neighborhood support.  Votes dynamically influence place rankings, as well as the neighborhood’s overall Vibe Score.  Areas of concentrated coolness (we’ve termed these ”hotspots”) are voting-influenced as well, causing new ones to appear and old ones to change shape or disappear.

    Each ‘hood is ranked by a Vibe Score – giving you instant insight into your surroundings.  Is it walk-able? Edgy? Is it a great ‘hood for going out? Peer at the neighborhood details and find out.

    User votes and comments about local businesses roll up and appear on the neighborhood wall forming a tapestry of helpful commentary.  Many neighborhoods have hoods-inside-of-hoods.  The ‘In This Neighborhood’ tab lists these oft-obscure gems for you to explore.

    Next time you find yourself exploring a new neighborhood, discover the best with MapQuest Vibe.

  9. Do you know it would take 17,000 trees to make the paper for one month’s worth of printed MapQuest driving directions?* That’s a lot of paper and ink!

    Traveling TipsNext time you are planning a trip – travel green. Instead of printing the directions, just send it to your phone. On the printer-friendly page, you’ll see the new Send to Mobile option. Just enter your mobile number, then click ‘Send to Mobile’ and a text message with your maps and directions will be sent to your phone.  The link in the text message takes you to MapQuest.com on your mobile. A mobile map gives you quick access to helpful features like:

    • Pan, drag, and zoom the map to see more than what the printout would have given you
    • See traffic flows & incidents
    • Access location details & phone numbers
    • View aerial maps
    • Search nearby – a parking lot or nearest gas station?
    • In the event you get lost: find yourself on the map (iPhone & Android devices)

    If you haven’t already, download our iPhone or Android app and get an even better experience through FREE GPS turn-by-turn Navigation.

    [* One tree equals 8,000 sheets of paper according to thinkrecycle.com.]

  10. We all know that distracted traveling is a major problem nowadays. Whether it’s talking on the phone, texting or eating a burrito we all could do with fewer distractions during our travels. Here at MapQuest we’re on a mission to make receiving and following mobile navigation simpler and easier.

    The current release of the free navigation MapQuest App for Android™ boasts some significant upgrades to the gps navigation experience our users have come to love.
    MapQuest for Android Mobile App

    What, When and Where

    Some inspiration for the new design came from the way car dashboards are designed. In a driving context, icons, buttons and dials need to be simple and intuitive with high contrast and legibility. A driver shouldn’t spend time trying to figure out what the various instruments mean and how to activate them. The controls mesh seamlessly into the natural movements and tasks a traveler executes during the trip.

    In a mobile navigation context, we tried to follow these same principles. For example, rather than directions such as, “Turn right onto Broadway” the screen now displays a large right turn arrow and the word “Broadway” in large type. This method provides the user the same information but in a simpler, more graphical way. The visual clutter of a long sentence is replaced by an easily digestible direction that is understandable at a glance.

    Less is More

    In previous versions the navigation controls were always on display (even when not needed) which added to the distractions during the navigation experience. With the new release, theses controls such as List View, New Route, Edit Route and Stop Nav are nested within an “Actions” menu that reveals with a simple tap. This leaves more room for the things that really matter during a trip—directions and the map.

    Are we there yet?

    A commonly requested feature now in the latest version of the application is the ability to see the estimated time of arrival (ETA). This comes in handy when you need to give someone an estimate of when you’ll be arriving or when you just want to know how long the trip will take. As a bonus, tap on the ETA display and you’ll also get time remaining and distance remaining.

    Testers of these new upgrades raved about the simplicity and intuitiveness of the navigation interface. All users were able to easily read and interact with the new design even in a driving or walking context. Similar to a GPS, the app still offers voice-guided, turn-by-turn directions, but now the matching visual directions are quicker and easier to comprehend.

    Download the free app from the Android Market or the Amazon Appstore for Android today and check out the new navigation interface during your travels this summer. We think you’ll really like it.