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Amazon Takes Maps API Out Of Beta – The End Of Google Maps For Kindle?

It seems that Google Maps on your Kindle Fire won’t be the default option for much longer. Back in September, the online retail giant introduced a beta version of its Amazon Maps API and now it’s finally ready. Developers seems to be interested in the new platform. Apps like Hipmunk, Evernote, Trulia and Zillow are already integrated into Kindle Fire.

At this time The Amazon Maps API has two core features:

  • Interactive Maps, where you can embed a Map View in your app for customers to pan, zoom and fling around the world. You have the option to display a user’s current location, switch between standard maps and satellite view, and more.
  • Custom Overlays, where you can display the locations of businesses, landmarks and other points of interest with your own customized markers and pins.

Well… Let’s just hope that Amazon will not make the mistakes of Apple… and Google Maps will remain the default option for Kindle Fire users.

source: Amazon

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Google Adds Detailed Maps Of 45 Russian Cities

Finally a good news for all Russian geoawesome readers! Google recently updated 45 Russian cities with detailed maps starting from Sochi, the future city of the Winter Games in 2014 and finishing in deep east with Vladivostok. We live in a second decade of XXI century and 45 important Russian cities were not mapped. To be honest I think it’s a little bit embarrassing for Google…

A complete list of cities for which detailed maps are now available Google, you will find below.

  1. Barnaul, Altay
  2. Blagoveshchensk, Amur Region
  3. Carpets, Vladimir Region
  4. Murom, Vladimir region
  5. Cherepovets, Vologda region
  6. Vologda, Vologda Region
  7. Chita, Transbaikal Territory
  8. Ivanovo, Ivanovo region
  9. Sovetsk, Kirov region
  10. Kaluga, Kaluga region
  11. Obninsk, Kaluga region
  12. Novokuznetsk, Kemerovo region
  13. Kemerovo, Kemerovo region
  14. Syktyvkar
  15. Ukhta, Komi Republic
  16. Sochi, Krasnodar Krai
  17. Gelendzhik, Krasnodar Krai
  18. Novorossiysk, Krasnodar Krai
  19. Yeisk, Krasnodar Territory
  20. Tuapse, Krasnodar Krai
  21. Anapa, Krasnodar Krai
  22. Kansk, Krasnoyarsk
  23. Kurgan, Kurgan region
  24. Luga, Leningrad Oblast
  25. Saransk, Mordovia
  26. Kstovo, Nizhny Novgorod region
  27. Bor, Nizhny Novgorod region
  28. Veliky Novgorod, Novgorod Oblast
  29. Orsk, Orenburg region
  30. Penza, Penza region
  31. Vladivostok, Primorsky Krai
  32. Artyom, Primorsky Krai
  33. Rostov-on-Don, Rostov region
  34. Azov, Rostov Region
  35. Donetsk, Rostov Region
  36. Smolensk, Smolensk region
  37. Stavropol, Stavropol Territory
  38. Tyumen, the Tyumen region
  39. Izhevsk, Udmurtia
  40. Khabarovsk, Khabarovsk Krai
  41. Nizhnevartovsk, Khanty-Mansiysk
  42. Urai, Khanty-Mansiysk
  43. Cheboksary, Chuvashia
  44. Yakutsk, Yakutia
  45. Mirny, Yakutia

source: Google Maps Russia

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