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After a couple of alpha versions we are releasing a new public Beta of Marble Maps for Android today. New features are turn-by-turn navigation, support for bookmarks and information about places. Become a tester at https://play.google.com/apps/testing/org.kde.marble.maps to install it on your Android device.

The default rendering is still bitmap tiles. If you want the pretty looks from the attached screenshot, read on in https://community.kde.org/Marble/TestingVectorOSM

We are heading for a beta release with vector maps enabled by default in one month, and a first stable release of Marble Maps in two months (mid September).
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We're proud to release our first Android app: The Behaim Globe. Created more than 500 years ago by Martin Behaim today his "Erdapfel" resides in the Germanisches Nationalmuseum in Nuremberg, Germany and is known as the oldest existent globe on Earth. The GMN kindly made digital imagery of it available to the public.
Martin Behaim erschuf gemeinsam mit Handwerkern im Jahre 1492 einen Globus...
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It has been an awesome week in Randa. Read about it in Sanjiban's blog.
One more Randa Meetings just got over, and even though it has been about a week since then, I still keep thinking about the awesome moments I spent when I was there. Got to meet Dennis and Torsten ...
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Here's a summary of our recent advances in vector tiling during the Randa Sprint. Don't miss the pretty pictures ;-)
Earlier today I returned from the KDE Sprint in Randa, where Torsten, Sanjiban, me and 50 other KDE developers met in the Swiss Alps for a week of hacking. Our Marble subgroup concentrated on vector tiling in Marble Maps. After some very productive days we have a first prototype of OpenStreetMap ...
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We'd like to announce our first Marble Café meeting on IRC tomorrow
 
Tuesday, September 8th, 2015, from 19:00 - 21:00 CEDT
Freenode IRC, #marble channel
http://webchat.freenode.net/?channels=marble&uio=d4  
This meeting will be offered to You every week. No matter whether
 
- you want to get involved with Marble on the Desktop or Marble Maps on Android (or iOS)
- you wonder what your pending review request is doing
- you want to check current progress and status of Marble
- give feedback about your wishes for development
- or have any other nice thoughts or ideas regarding Marble
 
Other possible topics will be:
 
- vector tiles
- edit mode in Marble
- GSoC 2015 aftermath
- Google Code-In 2015 preparation
- GIS fairs in Germany
- [please insert your favorite Marble topic here]
 
You are welcome to join us for some chitchat and development coordination about Marble!
Please help us to rock the Marble!
Marble Café
Tue, September 8, 2015, 1:00 PM
http://webchat.freenode.net/?channels=marble&uio=d4

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Please keep me informed about the next Marble Café.  My meeting ran way over what it was supposed to and I would love to be a participant in the next one.
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The OpenStreetMap file format is quite different from KML. Yet it is possible to convert osm files into kml files. That makes much sense for Marble, which internally maintains a KML alike data structure. Marius took care of all the pesky details needed to make that happen, and added an OpenStreetMap tag editor with sugar on top. Find out how Marble became an OpenStreetMap editor in his #gsoc  summary blog!
As you may know, the Google Summer of Code deadline is around the corner, so it's high time I wrap things up in Marble's OpenStreetMap editor. Firstly, a quick summary on what's been done since the program started, in case...
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It's #gsoc time again: Apply now!
Are you a student? With experience in C++? And some free time over the summer? Then there is a unique chance for you right now: Apply as a Google Summer of Code student. You'll get to work on a real Open Source project for three months, gain lots of experience and even get paid for it.
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Count us in! We have a bunch of awesome tasks in mind for GCI 2015. Please forward this to any students age 13-17 who might be interested.
 
We have determined the 14 open source organizations that will be acting as mentoring orgs for Google Code-in 2015. These organizations are developing thousands of tasks that students will be able to choose from in categories including coding, documentation, outreach, research, training, user interface and quality assurance. Students will be able to register for the contest and start claiming and working on tasks when the contest begins Monday, December 7th.  Check out our blog post below and our contest site at g.co/codein for more details on each organization.   

Students you will want to read up on the organizations to see what they do before you start with the contest in December.
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We already have lots of Android and Vector Maps related GCI tasks in mind. Let's hope KDE becomes a GCI org again!
 
We will be holding our twelfth Google Summer of Code in 2016! Read our blog post for more information.
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Please join the Marble Café meeting on IRC
 
Tuesday, September 8th, 2015, from 19:00 - 21:00 CEDT
Freenode IRC, #marble channel
http://webchat.freenode.net/?channels=marble&uio=d4  

This meeting will be offered to You every week. No matter whether
 
- you want to get involved with Marble on the Desktop or Marble Maps on Android (or iOS)
- you wonder what your pending review request is doing
- you want to check current progress and status of Marble
- give feedback about your wishes for development
- or have any other nice thoughts or ideas regarding Marble
 
Other possible topics will be:
 
- vector tiles
- edit mode in Marble
- GSoC 2015 aftermath
- Google Code-In 2015 preparation
- GIS fairs in Germany
- [please insert your favorite Marble topic here]
 
You are welcome to join us for some chitchat and development coordination about Marble!
Please help us to rock the Marble!
Marble Café
Tue, September 15, 2015, 1:00 PM
#marble in Freenode IRC

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Marble Maps is not only on its way to Android, but also to Plasma Mobile!
Marble Maps on Plasma Mobile? Yes, thanks! - Marco Martin – Google+
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The latest Android release of Marble Maps adds support for routing and lots of improvements. Here are a couple of screenshots.

With this release we also switched to an Open Beta. This means no Google+ community membership is needed anymore to try Marble Maps on your device, you can signup at https://play.google.com/apps/testing/org.kde.marble.maps directly. No change/signup is required if you are a beta tester already.
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We're not feature complete at this point. A settings and an about dialog will come in a future update, also support for offline maps.
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