Map Channels is now available for mobile phone

New v4 Map Channels

Map Channels ‘Map Place Maps’ is now available for mobile phone.

Mobile Place Maps are a quick and convenient method of providing a place map, plus the route to get there.”

Map Channels Mobile Place Maps

Map Channels Mobile Place Maps is available here:

The successful Map Channels has been updated once again with some more useful tools.

“Map Channels lets users easily embed maps into websites and blogs. A number of tools are available to create maps from KML, GeoRSS or spreadsheet map data. A range of features and options let you customize the map appearance to meet a range of mapping needs. “

New v4 Map Channels

What is New?


  • Search facility is now powered by the Google Places API.
  • User can define a list of localities, giving quick links to map locations.
  • The footer bar can be customized by using a HTML template to show categories, layers and localities.
  • An information panel can be used in addition to the info window to display detailed place information.

User Interface Improvements

  • A map is provided to (optionally) set the initial map centre and zoom level.
  • A preview of the feed data is displayed (useful to spot if an incorrect feed url has been supplied).
  • Additional help for setting up a data feed.

Map Channels Editor (users are required to login to create a map)

New v4 Map Channels Editor

Map Channels

View the v4 Demo Map (as above)

Google Hotspot Influence Rolling Across All of Google Local

We continue to learn about changes across all of Google local products as Hotspot is further integrated into the rating and review process. Lat Long Blog points out that Places will now include a new section highlighting recommendations from friends:

I noted in Rating are the new Reviews that Google was now allowing rating in Places. Actually it is much more pervasive than that as they can now be made in all of the following Google products:

To rate a business on desktop, simply hover over rating stars anywhere you see them. Here are places you’ll see the rating stars, on your computer.

With your mobile device, you can rate places while on the go. You’ll see the rating stars several places on your phone.

  • Google Maps mobile app for Android
  • Places Android app
  • Android home screen rating widget
  • Mobile Place pages