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Updates On Google Maps, Music, Shopper, and Voice

Google has been ridiculously busy making news in the past couple of days, with word that updates for Google Maps and Google Shopper have been released. What's more, we are hearing word that Google aims to launch it's own music store called Google Music that may launch this year, and that Google Voice is now open to all US residents.

Google announced on their Google Mobile Blog yesterday that they released an update to Google Maps which now has some "new features to help you quickly choose the right place to grab dinner, catch the next train, and find friends to add in Latitude." AndroidCentral wrote that the update now has location ratings, public transportation schedules, and the ability to suggest friends using Latitude.

EuroDroid is reporting that Google updated their Google Shopper app with UK retailer support lst night. The idea behind Google Shopper, as EuroDroid notes, is to "scan bar codes, take photos of product boxes or even use Google’s voice recognition tool to say the names of items, then the OMNIPRESENT search giant will ping you back with a list of alternate products and prices."

CNET has word from unnamed sources that Google is planning on launching a "a music service that offers song downloads and streaming music as early as this fall." Also mentioned in the CNET article is that Google is planning on including cloud service with their music store, and that Google acquired a cloud-based media firm with the intention of implementing their technology into a future version of the Android OS.

Finally, also mentioned on the Google Mobile Blog is that Google Voice sign-ups have now been opened up to all US citizens. Stated in the blog post were some of Google Voice's features, which include introducing "one number to ring all your phones, voicemail that works like email, free calls and text messages to the U.S. and Canada, low-priced international calls and more" which is of interest to many of you I'm sure. Head over here to watch a video overview of it.

Other Sources: AndroidCentral, CNET, EuroDroid

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