Google is a search engine giant
, but it is not only concerned with helping you to discover what is available on the world wide web or what is contained within your emails. It wants you to discover things in the real world, work out how to get there and find out more about them when you do. It wants you to explore outer space too, and get a general understanding of Earth along
with the other planets and moons in our solar system. And it keeps improving. Google has rolled out a new Maps app for Android and it has recently revamped its desktop offering. Both combine to help you get more than just simple maps, and they draw on a social element with reviews, photographs and tours that all combine to provide a full, deep and enriched picture of a local area. In fact, you can often see and appreciate more when you are using Google’s services than you would if you were actually out there in the location yourself. Over the course of the next few pages and in our tutorials, we will be exploring all of the various options in much greater depth so that, by the end of this piece, you’ll not only have a flavour of what you can do with the mapping services, but you will be using them yourself to their full potential.