Google Maps is a free satellite Earth map and satellite imagery research and visualization service provided and developed by the US company Google.
Currently, the service provides maps and routes to any point in the United States, Canada, the European Union, Australia and Brazil, among others. It also offers satellite images from around the world, with the possibility of zooming in major cities such as New York, Paris, Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Brasilia, among others. In the United States Google has partnered with public agencies, which will include American rail lines and their intersections with highways to Google Maps.
Together with the launch of the Brazilian version of Google Maps, the company introduced the Local Business Center, a tool that allows any company to register and be found on Google Maps by any user. At the register companies can fill in their registration data, office hours, payment methods, logo and photos, and confirmation of the registration through a phone call, SMS or letter.
With a Google account, you can already highlight your own routes, points and areas, generate comments and share the respective links to the map created. It is also possible to generate a KML file for integration with Google Earth.
Since July 2015, Google Maps syncs searches performed on your computer to Android smartphones. The user must perform the search and select the 'Send to device' option. When you open the app on your phone (with your Google account logged in), the route will be available.
On November 9, 2015, Google announced an update to the application, available only to users of the Android platform, which allows the download of a certain map, for offline use, without the need of the internet. The new version of the app also works in airplane mode, but your smartphone must have at least 400 MB of free memory space in Android, so the application saves the data offline.