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Google has released a major update of its popular navigation app, Google Maps 8 for Android and iOS devices (iPhone and iPad). Google Maps is updated to version 8 across all supported platforms. The latest update of one of the best navigation app bundles some of the most wanted features requested by its users. Among the features included in this update, offline maps and lane guidance are the most notable features.

Google Drive app is already available for both Android and iOS (iPhone, iPad) devices. Google Drive until now was good for some basic document editing functionality. Google went forward and released official dedicated apps for Google Docs and Google Sheets. Both of the new Google Docs app and Google Sheets app are available as free downloads on both platforms. The company is soon going to release a dedicated app for Google Slides too. With the launch of the new apps, Google seems to be in a better place to compete with its rival Microsoft’s Office app for Android and iOS.

The launch of dedicated apps, the company is breaking out of the single Google Drive app. This approach has its own added benefits. Google Docs for instance may get more powerful with more functions. Google Sheets will handle all the worksheets that you may want to edit or create while you are on the move. Once, Google Slides app is out, you will be able to handle all the presentations. This will also make Google Drive work faster as it will have to only take care of the file storage. Google Drive may become lighter in download size as all the extra codes present for document edit functions may get removed from it. If you don’t download the new apps now, Google Drive will prompt you to download them in a next few days, when you try to edit or create a document or spreadsheet in your Google Drive app.

Google has officially released Google Maps for iOS platform. Google Maps iOS app is compatible with iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, iPod touch (3rd generation), iPod touch (4th generation), iPod touch (5th generation) and iPad. This app is optimized for iPhone 5 and requires iOS 5.1 or later.

With the release of iOS 6, Apple replaced Google Maps with its own Apple Maps app, which soon has seen worldwide criticism, mainly, due to offering incorrect, and sometimes incomplete, map data. The worldwide critics forced Apple to launch a special “Find Maps For Your iPhone” section in its App Store for its customers. Before Google, Nokia released its own map, Nokia HERE Maps App for iOS users. With Google finally releasing the long-awaited Google Maps iOS app, it will hopefully appease many iOS users who were looking for a better map app. The Google Maps iOS app can be downloaded from the iTunes App Store here.

Ever wondered about running Android apps on computer? Using BlueStacks, you can easily run Android apps on your desktop Windows PC or laptop.

BlueStacks is not a virtual machine (VM) as such but it essentially runs an emulation of the Android Dalvik (also a VM) on top of Windows. The emulator lets you access more than 500,000 Android applications on your PC. BlueStacks have partnered with AMD, the global chip maker, to launch AMD AppZone Player. Though the emulator is optimized to run on a computer system having Radeon graphics card, it ran without any problem on my laptop having a Nvidia graphics card. AMD is also reportedly working with its partners to pre-load AMD AppZone Player on AMD-powered Windows 7 and Windows 8 desktops, laptops and tablets.

Google has officially debuted Google Analytics Android app Google Analytics for Android via the Google Play Store.

With this release, Google has made the webmasters’ and developers’ lives easier. Google Analytics Android app is yet another feather added to the increasing number native applications of Google services released for the Android platform.

Google Analytics Android app provides easier mobile access to the same accounts and profiles available through the web version of Google Analytics website accessible via any desktop browser. The mobile counterpart of Analytics however displays reports optimized for easy viewing on a small screen of the smartphone. Real-time statistics, along with customizable dashboards and intelligence events are available for Analytics users straight from their Android smartphone.

Google just announced the first stable version of Chrome for Android browser. With this announcement, Chrome for Android is now officially out of beta. Like before, Google’s Chrome mobile browser is only available on devices running Android 4.0, Ice Cream Sandwich, or later.

Chrome for Android’s stable version number is 18.0.1025123, marking the first version to be released to the Stable Channel. Google with the announcement of their first Nexus 7 tablet said that Chrome for Android will be the tablet’s default browser. Thus Nexus 7 becomes the first Android device to use Chrome as its default browser.

Google has finally launched their much-anticipated cloud storage service “Google Drive”.

As it was revealed earlier, the new cloud storage service will offer 5GB of free storage space to store all your documents, videos, photos, PDFs and other files. Google Docs is already integrated with the service.

With the launch, Google now offers 5 GB space in Google Drive, 1 GB in Picasa for storing pictures, and 10 GB in Gmail for free. If any user needs more storage space they can pay for extra storage space. Prices are very flexible and competitive, starting from 25GB of space for $2.49 a month, 100GB for $4.99 a month, or 1TB for $49.99 a month, up to 16TB for $799.99 a month. Yearly plans aren’t available yet. Whenever any user opts for upgrading to a paid account, their Gmail account will automatically expand to 25GB.

Google Drive, Google’s personal cloud storage service, may launch next week at drive.google.com, according The Next Web (TNW).

TNW claims Google will be giving users 5 GB of storage and will be offered initially free. TNW to support their claims cited a draft release from one of Google’s launch partners for the personal cloud storage service. With all these reports and leaks, its safe to assume that the launch is imminent and an official announcement may soon be heard from Google.